Marcellus Shale Documentary Project

Sol Mednick Gallery

A joint project with the Gershman Y featuring photographers Noah Addis, Nina Berman, Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson and Martha Rial; curated by Laura Domencic, director of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. This exhibit is also on display at the Open Lens Gallery in Gershman Hall.

The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project is dedicated to the photographic documentation of the processes, practices and real-life outcomes of Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania, and to the dissemination of that work to a wide audience. The exhibit tells stories through photographic images of how the lives of Pennsylvanians are affected by the Marcellus Shale Gas Industry. By creating a visual document of the environmental, social and economic impact of drilling, the work aims to engage communities in the current Marcellus debate while providing important historical images for the future.

Brian Cohen will present a lecture on the project on Wednesday, January 23, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in the Connelly Lecture Hall, Terra Hall (211 S. Broad Street). The lecture is free and open to the public.

A reception for the artists will follow from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Mednick Gallery. The Gershman Y will host a reception and panel discussion that evening (Wednesday, January 23) from 6 to 8 p.m. Panelists include Brian Cohen, Jeff Schmidt (director, Sierra Club, PA) and Susan Phillips (reporter, WHYY).

A traveling exhibition that opened in October 2012 at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, the project has been featured in The New York Times and the contributing photographers are widely published and represent a diverse approach in their response to the project.

This exhibition is concurrent with "Juliette Conroy: Disintegration" in Gallery 1401, the Sol Mednick Gallery's sister space on the 14th floor of Terra Hall at the University of the Arts. Both galleries are operated by the UArts Photography program.

The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project is generously supported by the Sprout Fund, the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, the William Penn Foundation, and by the individual gifts by Josh Whetzel, Nancy Bernstein and Cathy Raphael.

Above: View of the Sunoco Marcus Hook Refinery in Marcus Hook, Pa., on 09/11/2011. The refinery, which has since been idled, is under consideration as a potential site for a liquefied natural gas terminal to process and export gas from the Marcellus Shale. Photo by Noah Addis.


Terra Hall
211 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States

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