Museum Exhibit Puts a Face On The Issue Of Hunger

The link between poverty and hunger is painfully obvious and 15 percent of the Wichita Falls area population is destitute.  To bring awareness to this issue, several Texoma organizations came together to bring 'About Hunger and Resilience' to the Wichita Falls Museum of Art.

Artist Michael Nye spent four and a half years working on the project.  He traveled around the country spending anywhere from two to four days with each participant.

Nye said listening is another way of seeing.  Each of the 50 photographs are accompanied with audio of the featured person.

Their heart-wrenching stories puts a face on the hunger epidemic in America.

There are many misconceptions as to why people go hungry, but many Nye interviewed were living comfortably until their life took an unexpected turn.

"Any of us at any moment, our lives could tumble and fall. Death of a child or spouse, disease or even natural disaster," Nye said.

Nye hopes those who visit the exhibit will truly see the people behind the statistics.

"You will be surprised by these stories about the depth and nature, the intensity and sometimes humor. I think you'll walk away as I have with a sense of understanding and I think it's understanding that leads to solutions," he said.

The opening reception for "About Hunger and Resilience" is Friday night from 8-10 p.m.

It is free to see the exhibit but, sponsors are asking you bring a non-perishable food donation.

The exhibit continues through February 25.

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel 6