Maxine Payne photo installation opens Feb. 21

MOUNT VERNON — “Making Pictures: Three for a Dime,” a photo installation by Maxine Payne, will be exhibited at the Peter Paul Luce Gallery at Cornell College from Feb. 21 to March 21.

Maxine-PayneAn artist’s reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 14, with an artist’s talk at 3 p.m. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Payne’s photo installation, “Making Pictures: Three for a Dime,” is based on her limited edition artist’s book by the same title. It’s the story of an Arkansas family that built a homemade camera and a homemade trailer and traveled the state from 1937 to 1941 making and selling pictures three for a dime. The installation in the Peter Paul Luce Gallery will include the original pictures along with pictures made by the artist.

Payne is an associate professor of art at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., where her primary teaching responsibilities are in photography. She obtained a master’s degree in 1996 and her M.F.A. in 1997 in photography from the University of Iowa, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Raised in rural Arkansas, her photo installations address issues of gender, ideas of the vernacular and yearnings for “home.”

Payne’s work has been shown in numerous venues including New York University; Ohio University School of Art; Erector Square Gallery in New Haven, Conn.; CSPS in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and the Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York City.

This exhibition is funded through the generosity of the Henry Luce Foundation. For more information contact Sue Coleman at or (319) 895-4491.

Photo by Maxine Payne