MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Melissa Stallard’s “The Shrinking City” will be on display at Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Schnormeier Gallery June 30 to Aug. 5. A reception for the show will be held on Friday, July 1, from 6-9 p.m.
Melissa Stallard’s photographic exhibit, “The Shrinking City,” has been on display in galleries throughout the American Midwest. Stallard believes her “photographs document the results of a long-term economic crisis in Youngstown, Ohio, and the city’s transition into a more stable, smaller city surrounded by the ghosts of its prosperous industrial past.”
Youngstown is the poorest city in the nation and has fallen to decay and abandonment in the years following World War II. Despite the decline of this once great city, there is hope. Stallard notes, “The city has designated some areas to return to the natural habitat or public-use green space while others will become urban farms or raised-bed community gardens.” Her exhibit not only functions to display the decline of Youngstown and cities like it, but also offers hope that the broken city will be healed in time.
Stallard’s work will be on display at Schnormeier Gallery weekdays from noon to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on Melissa Stallard visit melissastallard.com.