Photographer to Present Kershaw Lecture at Mount

September 26, 2011

Photographer Jim Clark will present the Kershaw Lecture at the University of Mount Union on Tuesday, October 11 at 10:35 a.m. in Presser Recital Hall. Clark serves as contributing editor for Outdoor Photographer magazine and is the author of four books. The lecture will be followed by an artist’s reception in Crandall Art Gallery.
In addition, Clark’s photography will be on display in the Crandall Gallery from October 3 – 28. The gallery is free and open to the public. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 6 p.m.
Clark has been a naturalist ever since his days growing up in the coalfields of southern West Virginia, and he parlayed that passion into a life-long career as a wildlife biologist. For more than 35 years, Clark has used his photography, writing, speaking and teaching to inspire and motivate others. He is the author and photographer of four books – West Virginia: The Allegheny Highlands, Mountain Memories: An Appalachian Sense of Place, Between Ocean & Bay: A Celebration of the Eastern Shore and The Adventures of Buddy the Beaver, a book that he co-authored and photographed with his son, Carson. They also just completed their second book about Buddy the Beaver entitled, Mystery of the Missing Friends. Clark also co-authored and photographed The Ultimate Guide to Digital Nature Photography and Coal Country.
His photography and writing has appeared in magazines such as Nature’s Best, Defenders, Wildlife Refuge, Wonderful West Virginia, Birders World, Country, Photo Media and Wild Bird. He also has taken photographs for businesses such as Nikon, Nik Software, Zeiss Optics, Fuji Film, National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy.
Mountain Memories was also created to catalogue and showcase Clark’s career as a nature photographer. The documentary film, which aired on PBS in August 2003, was also shown at the prestigious 2005 American Conservation Film Festival.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee Tech University and a Master of Science degree from West Virginia University. In the past, Clark has taught courses at West Virginia University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and University of Alaska – Fairbanks. Clark is a former president of the North American Nature Photography Association, and from 2000-2008 he was a member of the Fujifilm Talent Team. He currently serves on the advisory board for Nature’s Best Magazine.
For more information on Clark, visit
The Myrtie Allen Kershaw Lectureship on Poetry and the Fine Arts was established in 1960 by a bequest from Myrtie Allen Kershaw of Kent, Ohio, who indicated in her will that such a fund should go to a college chosen by her friend and executrix of her estate, Elizabeth Clark Bell. Because of Mrs. Bell's personal interest in Mount Union, where she was a student in 1932-33 and where her uncle, Robert E. Stauffer, was a teacher and librarian for many years, she designated Mount Union to receive the fund. The income is used to bring to the University a person(s) of distinction, for one or more lectures on ancient or modern poetry, the fine arts, or music or for an original performance in one of these fields.
The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. Presser Recital Hall and Crandall Art Gallery are located in Cope Music Hall on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue on Mount Union’s campus.
For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations and University Activities at (330) 823-2030 or

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