The Women of the Port photography exhibit is a study of working women at Jacksonville’s bustling port, one of the city’s largest job engines. While many city residents identify the port with large ships, cranes and equipment, a closer inspection reveals that nearly 23,000 people are employed regionally in port-dependent positions, and another 43,000 jobs are related to cargo activity in the Port of Jacksonville. These port workers service the 1,800 cargo vessels and dozens of cruise voyages visiting JAXPORT
every year, making Jacksonville’s port one of the busiest on the U.S. East Coast.
Nearly everyone working at Jacksonville’s port is a private sector employee, working for one of the 250 maritime-related firms operating in Northeast Florida. Some work directly on the docks – as longshoremen or security guards – while many others work in support positions, providing everything from logistics management and information technology support to legal, marketing and environmental services.
Women of the Port introduces the viewer to this business sector of the city and recognizes the contributions made by women in the maritime industry. These women and many others are achieving success and breaking barriers every day, demonstrating that the port is a place of opportunity and stability. This exhibit also highlights the industry’s diversity, illustrating how port workers’ various ethnicities, personalities and career paths all make JAXPORT a dynamic workplace.
The exhibit was accompanied with a detailed handout that included a question and answer section with each woman featured.
I created the concept and budget, selected the photographer, art directed and managed the whole project through completion. I also selected and scheduled exhibit venues. Exhibit venues include Pace Center for Girls, Jacksonville Main Library, First Coast High School, R Roberts Gallery and Ponte Vedra High School. Press coverage includes 904 Magazine, Women's Digest and the Jacksonville Business Journal.