Evening with an Artist
Our “Evening with an Artist” events bring artists and community members to BRAC for a casual discussion with interesting artists in our area. Local artists are invited to showcase their talent in a small group setting. Wine and refreshments will be served. Guests are able to view and discuss work directly with the artist.
“The Titanic Mission”
will be discussing his work surrounding the Titanic for National Geographic
Wednesday, September 20
Tickets: $40 ($35 for BRAC members)
Wine & Cheese will be served.
Back By Popular Demand! Bert Fox will discuss the work he did on the Titanic for National Geographic. Dr. Robert Ballard returned to the Titanic – which he discovered – leading a 17-day voyage aboard the NOAA research vessel Ronald H. Brown in 2004. Bert Fox was part of that mission and will tell the story of that journey and the tragic consequences of its failed mission to build support for an international maritime sanctuary protecting the Titanic from tourism and salvagers. Bert was part of a five-person National Geographic team aboard the ship. This team produced daily web reports, a live television special, a National Geographic magazine story and a book.
Dr. Ballard began the National Geographic magazine story by writing, “The debris field hit me hardest. Here in that ghostly expanse of seafloor 350 miles off Newfoundland, the people who died during the frigid early hours of April 15, 1912 spoke to me again.” He goes on to say, “I’d urged others to treat Titanic’s remains with dignity, like that shown the battleship Arizona in Pearl Harbor. Instead they’d turned her into a freak show at the county fair.”
Bert Fox was a photo editor for National Geographic from 1996 – 2007, during which time he edited the visual content for over 100 stories from ideas to print – procuring, negotiating contracts, overseeing work, editing the photographs, and selecting those that would be included in the magazine. Bert began his 40+ year career as a newspaper photographer. He was a photo editor and Sunday Magazine art director at the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1982-1996. Over the course of his career he was a five-time winner of the prestigious “Photo Editor of the Year” prize awarded by the University of Missouri and National Press Photographers Association in their “Pictures of the Year” International competition. In 2007 he and his wife Nanine Hartzenbusch moved to Charlotte to raise their son Charles, and they relocated to the Upstate in 2019.