Kimberly and Oscar

Kimberly Vaca is the Art teacher at Northern Elementary School. She has taught there for 17 years.

This is what Kimberly shared with us when we photographed her yesterday: “I cannot imagine life without contact with my students. We were cut off so suddenly. At the time, I thought the quarantine would only last 2-3 weeks… I feel so much better now that I can see my students and can draw with them. Even though I miss them, at least we can see each other and stay in touch.”

Oscar has been teaching Spanish at Transylvania University for 13 years.

Oscar: “Face-to-face teaching is so much better. When you finish a class online, you feel empty. You click ‘leave session’ and you are on your own, just like that.”

Lexington in the Time of COVID-19 is an artwork about people practicing social distancing at a time of a deadly virus. And also offering kindness.

Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova capture photographs at the periphery of American culture, where drag queens, discarded couches, and abandoned motel signs exist.