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May 18, 2017. - Jul 16, 2017.

Glen McClure:

The Shipyard Workers of Hampton Roads

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Glen McClure, Ronald Clark, Sandblaster, East Coast Repair and Fabrication, Portsmouth, VA., archival inkjet print (photograph), 2014. Image © and courtesy of the artist. Click any image to enlarge.

Norfolk-based photographer Glen McClure spent years visiting shipyards throughout Hampton Roads searching for the faces of the faceless men and women who form the foundation of our coastal economy.

After roughly 9,000 frames and 400 subjects, the end result is an exhibition so large it will be presented at four Hampton Roads locations this summer.

Captured on the docks and decks that line our waterways, McClure's photographs are monumentally scaled, yet intimately detailed. It's a celebration of the skill, knowledge, and individuality of these dedicated workers, and the Chrysler is proud to present 21 portraits of these hardhat heroes from May 18 to July 16.

Additional portraits will be on view this summer in collaborative exhibitions at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center, and The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center in Hampton.

You will find these works in the McKinnon Galleries of Modern and Contemporary Art (Galleries 226 and 227). Admission is free.

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Glen McClure, Jerry Faulkner, Pipefitter, Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc. (Trade Team), Norfolk, VA., archival inkjet print (photograph), 2014. Image © and courtesy of the artist.

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Glen McClure, Janeen Hobbs, Industrial Rigger, General Dynamics, NASSCO, Norfolk, VA., archival inkjet print (photograph), 2014. Image © and courtesy of the artist.

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Glen McClure, Chris Murrell, Linesman, Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation, Newport News, VA., archival inkjet print (photograph), 2014. Image © and courtesy of the artist.