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Where Photography & Fiction Meet: Upstairs Artspace panel discussion will explore Southern literature and writers through photography

Updated: Jun 12

In conjunction with its summer show of photography by Tema Stauffer titled Analogues: North & South, Upstairs Artspace gallery invites the public to a lively and informative discussion on Sunday, June 23 led by two Tryon scholars/educators, Dr. Gloria Underwood and Dr. Warren Carson. The free conversation begins at 3 pm.

With backgrounds in American literature, they will share their insights and rich experiences as they explore the themes referenced in the photography of Stauffer’s ‘Southern Fiction’ series, featured in the gallery’s upstairs level. 

The photos in this series explore the environments that shaped the imaginations of 20th century Southern writers including Alice Walker, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner and others. 

Dr. Underwood received her doctorate in 20th Century American Literature with a focus on Southern Literature by Women, from the University of South Carolina. An accomplished educator for over 26 years, Underwood is the former Chair of the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Department of Liberal Arts. Modest about her influential leadership and numerous administrative responsibilities, Underwood cites learning to look at literature through young artists’ eyes as one of her most memorable experiences at SCAD. 

A valuable volunteer contributor to the cultural enrichment of the Tryon community since retirement, Underwood remains professionally active through her independent business which assists individuals in writing their memoirs.


Dr. Carson also received his doctorate in English from the University of South Carolina. Carson is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg. In addition to teaching classes in English and African American Studies, he served USC Upstate in a number of capacities for 35 years, including as Chair of the Department of Languages, Literature, and Composition; Interim Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences; Vice-Chancellor for the Greenville Campus; Chief Diversity Officer; and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. 

Carson is a native of Tryon, where since his retirement in 2017 he has continued to be active in a number of church and civic affairs, many of them devoted to his beloved Eastside Community.

Analogues: North & South, Photographs by Tema Stauffer runs June 9 through August 30 at Upstairs Artspace, Tryon’s contemporary fine art gallery, located at 49 S. Trade St. For more information, visit or call 828-859-2828. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 12-5pm.

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