Roger Manley, director of NC State University’s Gregg Museum of Art & Design , is a photographer, folklorist, filmmaker, curator and writer. He has curated exhibitions for more than forty other institutions, including some of the first exhibitions of outsider art in the South and three blockbuster exhibitions for the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, beginning with its inaugural show, Tree of Life. He has authored a number of award-winning books, catalogues, videos and films, and has produced exhibitions of his own photographs of Australian Aboriginals, Hispanic farmworkers, Palestinian villagers, Gullah Sea Islanders, Navajos, Arctic gold miners, and self-taught artists. His feature-length documentary, MANA—beyond belief, premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and at NYC’s Lincoln Center, and was an Official Selection at SXSW and an Opening Night Feature at both San Francisco DocFest and the Full Frame festival. He founded the biennial META Conferences at Black Mountain which, over the past three decades, have brought together hundreds of artists, scientists and other creative individuals from all over the world for regular collaborative exchanges at the site of the former Black Mountain College.