Inspired by the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Breaking the Barriers exhibit, the United States Tennis Association Colorado partnered with the Denver Public Library to display their successful three-part portrait series in the Gates Reading Room on Level 5 of the Central Library. The portraits will be on exhibit from October through December, 2015.
Photographer Barry Gutierrez
The portraits were produced by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Barry Gutierrez who served on the Rocky Mountain News Staff for 10 years. You can view Barry "Bear" Gutierrez's other works at his website, www.barrygutierrez.com. Several of Gutierrez's photographs from the Rocky Mountain News were recently added to the Western History department's digital collection and can be found by searching for Barry Gutierrez.
Other Activities Around the Exhibit
Crossing the Net: Denver City Park and the Black Tennis Experience
Documentary film screening & talk back Monday, October 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Room
Photographer's Workshop with Barry Gutierrez
Monday, November 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Central Library, Level 5, Gates Room
The ability to conceive and achieve this project was possible through the support and participation of many individuals who participated on the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) Colorado Breaking the Barriers Community/Business taskforce.
The partnership with the City of Denver agencies over the five-years of this project, enabled USTA Colorado to showcase tennis in non-traditional venues, exposing tennis to boarder audiences. Thanks goes to:
- The Office of Mayor Michael B. Hancock
- Denver International Airport Art & Culture
- Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships
- Denver Parks & Recreation
And of course, the Denver Public Library branches... Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Library and the phenomenal Jim Kroll and team at the Western History/Genealogy Dept., along with the special events coordinator, the marketing and communications team. Also, a shout out to Will Chan, program administrator.
It has been an amazing journey and honor to tell these stories, working with all of the featured profiles through the creative lens of Barry Gutierrez to create a legacy with these stunning portraits.
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