Ava Gardner Museum Awarded Two Grants in Support of Spring Photography Exhibit

In the May 2010, the Ava Gardner Museum will unveil a new exhibit, The Most Photographed Woman in the World. At the height of her film career, Ava Gardner was the most photographed woman in the world with MGM sending out over 3,000 photos of her weekly. Due to the large number of photographs in the Ava Gardner Collection, the Exhibits Committee has decided to create a multi-media exhibit in an effort to display as many photos as possible while considering space constraints.

To prepare for this exhibit, Museum staff will digitalize the photography collection of the Ava Gardner Collection. Once the photos are in digital format, a “slide show” presentation will be created. This presentation will play continuously on a flat panel television to be installed in the Museum, along with interpretive panels detailing Ava’s life in front of the camera. To support this exhibit, the Ava Gardner Museum has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Donald & Elizabeth Cooke Foundation, based out of Southern Pines, NC, and $250 from the Wal-Mart Foundation.

“The Ava Gardner Museum appreciates the continued support of these two organizations, having been awarded grants from the Donald & Elizabeth Cooke Foundation and the Wal-Mart Foundation twice before,” stated Jessica Meadows Hammett, Executive Director.

The Ava Gardner Museum is located in downtown Smithfield, at 325 E. Market Street and more information may be found on the museum website, www.avagardner.org or by calling 919-934-5830. The museum is open Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm with admission of $6.00 adults, $5.00 seniors and groups, and $4.00 children.

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