Today’s Post was written by Graduate Student Archives Assistant Kay Sayers.
The Margaret Evans Photography Exhibit is now on display in the Lehman Library Gallery throughout October!
The Margaret Evans collection was donated to the Shippensburg University Archives and Special Collections in 2016 by her husband, Art Berman. Margaret Evans was a former professor in the Communications/Journalism department who taught photography, digital imaging, and communications. She served the students at Shippensburg University for seventeen years. Evans was born in 1947 in upstate New York. Following high school, she moved to the Democratic Republic of Congo where she worked with the Peace Corps prior to moving to Seoul, South Korea to teach. A few years later she returned to the United States to attend college; she received her undergraduate degree from Goddard College and her graduate degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Following her education, she started her teaching career at various institutions in New York before moving to Shippensburg. While teaching at Ship she was involved with SHAPE and the Carlisle Art Community. In her free time, she enjoyed traveling, painting, making jewelry, spending time with friends and family, and caring for the feral cats in Shippensburg. Margaret passed away in 2014.
In the local Central Pennsylvania area, Margaret’s artistic talent was respected and admired by those who followed her work. She often had exhibitions and attended conferences or displayed her work at local galleries. These exhibitions highlighted her projects that included images of the natural world, edited photographs, documentary series, and some works of mixed media. Among her most extensive work is her Everglades collection and her collections on industry including the decline of American steel mills and the Polish industry. While teaching at the university level Evans was able to use her work to inspire and teach the next generation of photographers and will no doubt continue to serve the community and future generations.