The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters recently announced its 2009 award winners. Included among the award winners was Jane Rule Burdine whose book Delta Deep Down was honored in the photography category. The MIAL was formed in 1978 to support, nurture, and recognize Mississippi's artists and writers.
Since the early 1970s, Burdine has used the Mississippi Delta as her muse, traversing and documenting the ever-changing landscape in color photographs.With Delta Deep Down she has succeeded in capturing the region with clarity and warmth.
Novelist and Indianola native Steve Yarbrough offers a touching, personal introduction that explores how Burdine's photographs reveal the place he once called home, and how, through her photographs, the hold this fertile ground claims on his heart is reinforced. Wendy McDaris provides historical context and locates Burdine's work among current trends in fine art photography.
The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters will hold a spring gala and awards ceremony in Laurel, Miss., at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. The gala weekend will also serve to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the MIAL A complete list of 2009 winners can be viewed here.