Gone, But Not Forgotten: Elvis Fans At Graceland
MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Nov. 18, 2002) – Since 1982, the grounds of Graceland in Memphis, Tenn., have attracted over 600,000 visitors a year, making it one of the most visited homes in America.
Alice Anthony, assistant professor of the practice of art at Milligan, has spent the last seven years photographing and getting to know some of those loyal fans who come to pay homage to Elvis. Her exhibition, “Gone, But Not Forgotten” will open Nov. 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
“In the 1970s my family lived in a Graceland subdivision that adjoined the mansion grounds, and I became used to seeing Elvis in our neighborhood or he would be at the front gates handing out autographs and talking with young fans,” said Anthony. “I was curious about all the people who would come to Graceland hoping to catch a glimpse of the King.”
Elvis died unexpectedly at Graceland on August 16, 1977. Every year on the anniversary of his death, thousands of fans come from every part of the world to make their pilgrimage to Graceland during Elvis Week.
“Some fans come to Graceland faithfully every year, while others may only be able to make it once in a lifetime,” said Anthony. “Over the years I have come to realize that they are not just strange people who dress funny or act weird but they are really ordinary people who are simply Elvis fans.”
Anthony is a graduate of the University of Memphis and holds an MFA from East Tennessee State University. She has taught at ETSU and Milligan. Her work has appeared on the cover of “Now & Then, Best of Photography Annual” and the “Photo Review.” She has won numerous awards in juried shows and is a member of “Who’s Who of American Women.”
The photograph exhibit, “Gone, But Not Forgotten: Elvis Fans at Graceland,” by Alice Anthony will be displayed at the Johnson City Arts Council Gallery, located at 214 East Main St.
To find out more about the exhibit, call the Johnson City Arts Council at 423-928-8229.
Photographs by Alice Anthony, assistant professor of the practice of art.
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