Jeff Rich: Watershed

A Survey of the French Broad River Basin


December 7th 2012 through January 27th 2013


Melinda Rose

Of the Rising Tide: The Life and Times of a Vanishing Bayou Community


January 4th through 27th

Opening Reception: Friday January 4th 6-9pm


Newspace Center for Photography is pleased to announce the exhibition Watershed by photographer Jeff Rich in our Main Gallery.  In our Special Exhibitions Gallery, Melinda Rose will be exhibiting her series documenting the struggles of the Louisiana community of Isle de Jean Charles, a fragile finger-like Island, connected to the mainland by a two mile-long road.


From the Artist Statement:

Jeff Rich’s work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. Rich explores these subjects by using long-term photographic documentations of very specific regions of the United States. He received his MFA in photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia in 2008. His project “Watershed: A Survey of The French Broad River Basin” was recently awarded the 2010 Critical Mass Book Award, and was published as a monograph in December 2011.

Watershed is a long-term series of work that aims to define the Mississippi River watershed, the largest in North America, in terms of its smaller pieces.  This work shows the constant change that occurs within the watershed of the French Broad River due to man’s presence, as well as natural causes such as floods and erosion. Beginning at the headwaters of the French Broad and following the river through Western North Carolina into Tennessee, where it joins with the Holston River to form the Tennessee River, this project documents the development and use of the watershed. Jeff’s hope is that by documenting the rivers of the French Broad, its citizens, and environs, this project will bring attention to the importance of the growing sustainability movement in this watershed and beyond.

[Artist Website]


Melinda Rose grew up in Portland, and after attending the Portland Art Museum School she began traveling the world extensively. Melinda has exhibited her work throughout the country as well as completed an internship at Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University.  She has been published in the Photo Review.  Melinda graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Fine Arts/Photography.