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The Arts Council of Fayetteville presents...
Faces of Homelessness
Works by Dona Marlowe



Mixed Media Photography 20”x30”

William knew the Jesse Jackson version of “I am Somebody” from the civil rights era. His face lit up and he recited it.  He is an Army veteran. He has a proud, kind, and strong energy and his voice has a beautiful deep resonance. 


Marlowe’s portrait of William was selected for the 2021 Annual Juried Exhibition by the Artist Collective in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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Mixed Media Photography 30”x20”

Also known as Papa Smurf, Charles is a poet and wants his poetry published (they are his most prized possessions). He was moved to tears when he saw that his photograph was overlaid with his handwritten poem.  He has lived on the streets for a long time.  His wife was homeless with him, but she tragically passed away last year.

January 3 - 22, 2022

The Arts Center, 301 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC

Free & Open To The Public

I AM somebody. I DESERVE to be seen. “I AM SOMEBODY – Faces of Homelessness” is the first-ever exhibit by local photographer Dona Marlowe who captures a compassionate and respectful depiction of our homeless community through a compilation of over twenty artistic photographs of individuals and their living conditions.

Hidden in the shadows and often excluded, isolated, and forgotten, the issues affecting Fayetteville’s homeless community set Marlowe on a personal mission to use photography to reveal and affirm the humanity and dignity of our unhoused neighbors by challenging society to look into their eyes and truly see their face, their name, their heart, and their story. Each of them is Somebody.

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Mixed Media Photography 20”x30”

Ask yourself, why would a combat veteran prefer to live here? Is it quieter, simpler, more familiar than mainstream culture?


Mixed Media Photography 20”x30”

Off-Road Outreach provided donated military boots to anyone that wanted a pair, and everyone there did.  Socks are one of the most needed items.  Warm feet are a luxury.  If someone feels uncomfortable giving money, a pair of socks would be most appreciated.

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Visit The Arts Center To View The Full Works By Dona Marlowe.

Meet Dona Marlowe

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As a 2020-21 recipient of the Artist Support Grant awarded by the Arts Council of Fayetteville | Cumberland County, the “I AM SOMEBODY – Faces of Homelessness” project was also made possible in collaboration with Stacey Buckner of Off-Road Outreach, who assisted Marlowe in meeting members of the homeless community, Bill Ramsey, who introduced Marlowe to two of the photographed participants, and Sam Robbins, who adapted one of his original songs, “Hard to Hate,” to play during the exhibit.

Exhibition Reception
Free & Open To The Public

You are cordially invited to attend on January 7, 2022, from 6pm to 8pm at The Arts Center. Dona Marlowe will be onsite for media interviews. RSVP not required.

Contact Dona Marlowe

Phone:  910-308-1504


Exhibit Supported By

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