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Andrew Borowiec is Distinguished Professor of Art Emeritus at the University of Akron who has received fellowships in photography from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Ohio Arts Council. For more than three decades, he has photographed America's changing social, industrial, and post-industrial landscapes. His photographs have been exhibited around the world and are in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cleveland Museum of Art, Library of Congress, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, and Smithsonian Museum of American Art, among others. His other books of photography include Wheeling, West Virginia (Camera Infinita, 2018), Cleveland: The Flats, the Mill, and the Hills (Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago, 2008), Industrial Perspective: Photographs of the Gulf Coast (Center for American Places, 2005), and Along the Ohio (John Hopkins University Press, in association with the Center for American Places, 2000).


David Giffels was a longtime columnist for The Akron Beacon Journal before joining the faculty of the University of Akron, where he is Associate Professor of English. His essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Grantland, New York Times Magazine, and Wall Street Journal, among many other publications, and he was a writer for the popular MTV series, Beavis and Butt-Head. Giffels's other books include the acclaimed Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life (Scribner, 2018), The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt (Scribner, 2014), All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House (William Morrow/Harper Collins, 2008), Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! (SAF Publishing, 2003), with Jade Dellinger, and Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron (University of Akron Press, 1998), with Steve Love.




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