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WVU professor celebrates Appalachian landscapes through juried photographic work

Lisa Orr, West Virginia University assistant professor of landscape architecture, doing photographic work for the Women of Appalachia Project

West Virginia University assistant professor of landscape architecture Lisa Orr is using her photographic work to inspire others and generate a deeper understanding of Appalachian culture.

Orr’s work was selected for inclusion in the Women of Appalachia Project, which features Appalachia’s finest visual, literary and performing women artists. Her work will be a part of a traveling Fine Arts Exhibition that will tour parts of Ohio and West Virginia for the next six months, with the next exhibition scheduled for November 19 through December 24 at the Parkersburg Art Center.


The Project’s primary goal is to tell stories related to Appalachia through art while lauding the artistic work of women from the Appalachian region. 

“With my photographic work, I seek to celebrate Appalachian culture by identifying, documenting, and sharing images of the region’s often overlooked sacred landscapes,” Orr said. “I hope that the exquisite beauty of these places inspires pride among Appalachians, and engenders respect from others about our deeply layered heritage.”

Lisa Orr, WVU assistant professor of landscape architecture
The Women of Appalachia Project began in 2009 when its founder and curator – Kari Gunter-Seymour, a poet, photographer and instructor in the School of Journalism at Ohio University – set out to create a one-time arts event. Since then, the Project has evolved to include both visual and spoken word artists, encouraging participation from Appalachian women of diverse backgrounds, ages and experiences.

This is Orr’s first juried art exhibit, and she is pretty excited about it.  

“As a native Appalachian with deep roots in West Virginia, where generations of my pioneer ancestors settled and resettled, I am beyond thrilled and extremely honored to have my work selected as part of this unique project,” Orr said. 

Lisa Orr, WVU assistant professor of landscape architectureOrr is a licensed landscape architect who received her MLA from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2002. She has practiced landscape architecture and environmental planning in California, Pennsylvania and West Virginia for more than 16 years and joined WVU in 2012 as an assistant professor in the School of Design and Community Development in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. 

The Parkersburg Art Center will hold a Fine Arts Exhibition Opening Reception on Sunday, November 19 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend. 

For a listing of all artists and events, visit https://www.womenofappalachia.com/. 

Invitation flyer for Fine Arts Exhibition Opening Reception, November 19, 3 to 5 p.m., Parkersburg Art Center, 725 Market Street, Parkersburg, West Virginia

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CONTACT: Nikky Luna; WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design 304-293-2394; Nikky.Luna@mail.wvu.edu