Cattaraugus Collective: Documenting Diversity

Artist: Adam Miller

December 27th, 2018 – February 1st, 2019

Artist Statement:

In this photography series, I combine aspects of environmental portrait and documentary photography in order to help tell the stories of five subjects and how their identities play a greater role in their place in the community of Cattaraugus County. From the onset of this project, I searched out people who display an aspect of the great diversity in our area, and asked how they would like to be represented. I also asked participants their thoughts on what importance they believe their unique culture brings to the people of Cattaraugus county, and their thoughts on the most important aspect of their culture. It is my hope to finish this project with a handful of photographs that will together showcase the wide diversity of the county and show how we all come together to make a community, and that viewers will have a greater sense of inclusion in a time where our neighbors are painted as “others”.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Tri-County Arts Council.

Gallery Exhibits

The Olean Public Library Gallery has provided an exhibition venue for New York State artists since 1974, giving artists exposure and exhibiting experience and providing Greater Olean Area residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the work of contemporary visual artists.


Cattaraugus County Arts Council

“The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) is an independent non-profit dedicated to promoting the creation, presentation, and appreciation of the arts, by making cultural opportunities available through our services surrounding the artistic side of life.”

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The New York State Council on the Arts has made these programs possible with public funding since 1974.

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