Broadway Photographer Exhibit on Display at Ole Miss | Mississippi News
By BROOKE BULLOCK BURLESON, Daily Journal
OXFORD, Mississippi (AP) — When Jenny Anderson graduated from the University of Mississippi more than a decade ago, she had no idea her career path would include photographing Broadway stars and actors and Oscar-nominated actresses.
“When I was younger, my dad was an artist and an art teacher. My mom was a performer in theater productions,” Anderson said. age.
More than 14 years of Anderson’s work as a Broadway and freelance photographer are on display at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mississippi.
Titled “The In Between: Intimate & Candid Moments of Broadway’s Stars,” the exhibit includes 45 images, which span Anderson’s legendary career in its entirety. Some stars featured in the gallery are Megan Hilty, Glenn Close, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Vanessa Williams, Tom Hiddleston, and Sierra Boggess.
The exhibition opened on January 28 and will run until at least the end of the spring semester.
Anderson earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and wrote and produced news for the Daily Mississippian while a student at Ole Miss. After graduating, Anderson moved to New York, where she interned and later worked as a full-time employee for Broadway. com.
Anderson said that although she has been photographing Broadway shows and stars for nearly 15 years, she had not yet seen her work exhibited until it debuted at the Ford Center.
“It pretty much covers the 14 years,” Anderson said of the exhibit.
Anderson is a full-time resident of New York, but she still maintains her Mississippi roots. Her parents live in the Oxford area and she visits them often. She recently came to the University of Mississippi campus to see her artwork unveiled this year.
“My former professor, Ellen Meachum, was my advisor when we did the Daily Mississippian in college,” Anderson said. “She has been part of my career for years and has always supported and advised me.”
About two years ago, Meachum connected Anderson with his sister, Kate Meachum, who oversees marketing at the Ford Center.
“Kate said she would like me to host a show at Ford Center,” Anderson said.
The show was originally slated to debut in 2020, but has been pushed back several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kate Meachum said that as a theater where national tours and Broadway shows take place, it’s special to have photos of shows that will end up filming at Ford Center.
“The connection to Broadway and theater is something that we were interested in,” Meachum said.
Anderson said this show is mostly made up of behind-the-scenes moments at theaters and the Tony Awards.
“It’s the in-between moments before they go on stage or dress up,” she said.
Since Broadway was closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Anderson has instead filmed for ABC’s morning shows, including LIVE with Kelly and Ryan and The View. She also had the opportunity to cover election night in 2020 and the presidential inauguration in early 2021.
Anderson has also photographed musical sensations like Cyndi Lauper and Demi Lovato and critically acclaimed actors like Amy Adams and Andrew Garfield.
The exhibit is free and open to the public during Ford Center hours.
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