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A Knowing Intimacy: A photography exhibit by West Virginia women

Elaine McMillion Sheldon is a Peabody award-winning documentary filmmaker based in West Virginia. Her work explores universal stories of identity, roots, survival and resilience. Sheldon is the director of "Heroin(e)" a Netflix Original Documentary short that follows three women fighting the opioid crisis in Huntington, West Virginia. In 2013, she released "Hollow," an interactive documentary that examines the future of rural America through the eyes and voices of West Virginians. "Hollow" received a Peabody and Emmy nomination as well as 3rd Prize in the World Press Photo Multimedia Awards, and it was featured in an exhibit at the WVU Downtown Campus Library 2015-2016. With A Knowing Intimacy, Sheldon reflects on how LA Times described her work with a "knowing intimacy," and this shared quality among her and the work of West Virginia based photographers Rebecca Kiger, Meg Elizabeth Ward and Lisa Elmaleh. "The things that are left unsaid inform the work in a huge way," said Sheldon. "Whether that's our relationship with others, nature, or ourselves. The knowledge we have, that is not often shared on the surface, is the undercurrent that makes our work just that, ours." The photographs will be on view through April 13, 2018 in room 1020. Sheldon's film "Heroin(e)" will be shown in the Downtown Campus Library on March 8 at 6:30 pm, followed by a panel discussion with the artists about documenting the lives of women, in celebration of Women's History Month.