Retired prof’s donation gives photo collection a new home
A $100,000 donation by retired MTSU photography professor and Murfreesboro resident Harold L. Baldwin will support plans to develop a new photography gallery in MTSU’s Bragg Mass Communication Building.
The renovated space, to be dedicated in 2013, will become the new permanent home of MTSU’s photography archive — a million-dollar-plus collection that Baldwin, who created MTSU’s photography program in the 1960s, pieced together over decades of service to MTSU.
The university’s former photography gallery, named for the mass communication professor emeritus, had been located in a hallway of the McWherter Learning Resources Center until recent building renovations displaced it.
In its new home on the second floor of the Bragg building, the Baldwin Photographic Gallery will feature movable walls and contemporary lighting to showcase the collection the professor amassed through the years, as well as traveling exhibits and student work.
Once operational, the gallery will become the third specialized media showcase for the building, which already is home to the Center for Popular Music and the Center for Innovation in Media.