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May 10 - June 25, 2022

End of the Line, a multi-media exhibition by Bill Ratcliffe, examines the final destination for most consumed goods, the landfill. “In the United States alone, an estimated total of 146 million tons of material went into landfills in 2018. Sites such as those featured in this body of work address aspects of the burial of solid waste,” says Ratcliffe, “as much as we love to buy things, no one wants to pay for their disposal. Many regional public landfills are self-funded.” 

This exhibit allows for the viewing of sites rarely seen by the general public. As Ratcliffe considers the spaces occupied by our waste, “they represent the idea of a magical place called away where things can be sent and forgotten. With examination, these places may help us to heal from our obsession to consume at all costs.”

Bill Ratcliffe, a native of southwestern Virginia, first worked in a darkroom in 1993, and went on to earn a BFA and MFA with a fine art photography concentration. He has since worked as a freelance photographer, exhibiting artist, and photography instructor. He has exhibited in numerous solo, group, and juried shows across the states, his images have been published in magazines in the US and the Philippines, and he has received numerous awards for his photography. 

  • "End of the Line" Exhibition Reception
    Fri, May 20
    Alexander Black House & Cultural Center
    May 20, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Alexander Black House & Cultural Center , 204 Draper Rd SW, Blacksburg, VA 24060, USA
    The Museum will host a reception celebrating, "End of the Line", a multi-media exhibition by Bill Ratcliffe. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.