Photographer Deborah Mills Thackrey was born in the Texas Panhandle town of Amarillo in 1953. Numerous childhood trips along old Route 66 thru the Southwest instilled in her a wanderlust and love of the passing scenery including dramatic sunsets, old motel signs, roadside attractions like snake shows, desert landscapes, the Navajo Indian reservation, Burma Shave signs, and National Parks like the Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, and the Grand Canyon.
Iconic images from the Vietnam War and 60’s
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
It was an incredible validation of my work. And the attending show at the Triton was my first museum show. I felt as though I were at the next level in my career.
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
After the fellowship I took a slight sidetrack into starting my own gallery, curating in San Jose and San Francisco, and being an advocate for the arts in Silicon Valley. I moved to New York state in 2012 and am strongly focused on polishing my work and getting it into NYC galleries, exploring other media, and writing. I've been in a couple of shows in NYC now and received my first public commission, a 90 ft. long banner that hung in Kingston for six months.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
Do it for yourself first and keep pushing your boundaries.
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
Dreadful trend toward the conceptual.
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