/ 2020 / Fine Art / People

Freeman Vines, Hanging Tree Guitars, No. 2

  • Prize
    Silver in Fine Art/People
  • Photographer
    Timothy Duffy
  • Credit
    Timothy Duffy

Freeman Vines is a 78 year old artist, luthier and spiritual philosopher whose works and writings confront lynching and the legacy of slavery. Vines is pictured with his guitars in a field near his home in Eastern North Carolina. The chemical irregularities present in the photograph enhance the mystical quality of both the artist and his sculptures.

Timothy Duffy is a renowned photographer and founder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation. Timothy has been recording and photographing traditional artists in the South since the age of 16, when he became interested in ethnomusicology. After earning a BA from Friends World College and MA from the Curriculum in Folklore at the UNC, Timothy and his wife Denise founded Music Maker Relief Foundation in 1994 to assist traditional musicians in need.

Duffy’s photographs are in permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, National Museum of African American History and Culture among others.

Awards Collections:

The New Orleans Museum of Art
Northwestern University
University of Minnesota
Morris Museum of Art
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
UNC Chapel Hill, Wilson Library