BHSU photography students to hold artists reception

Author: BHSU Communications/Friday, December 5, 2014/Categories: 2014

Carly Meyer, graphic design communication major from Gillette, Wyo., will have her photographs displayed in "The Creative Difference" exhibition, which includes 120 photographs taken by Black Hills State University students enrolled in the contemporary issues photography course this fall.

Black Hills State University photography students will hold an opening reception for their exhibit "The Creative Difference" Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Photographers Gallery in the lower level of Jonas Hall on the BHSU campus.

"The Creative Difference" is an exhibition of over 120 photographs taken by BHSU students enrolled in the contemporary issues in photography course this fall. The exhibition will be on display in the Photographer's Gallery through Jan. 29, 2015. The gallery is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The contemporary issues in photography course challenges students to choose a specific theme or project to work on during the summer and fall semesters. The photographs included in this exhibition are the culmination and presentation of these projects. The students have also published a companion book for the exhibition also titled, "The Creative Difference," which will be on display and available for purchase in the gallery. Each student also chose 20 of their own photographs and designed and self-published individual books of their completed projects. These books will also be on display.

"This exhibition is the result of seven months of work from some of our most creative and advanced photography students. The projects are extremely diverse and of exceptionally high quality," said Steve Babbitt, professor of mass communication and photography at BHSU.

Carly Meyer, graphic design communication major from Gillette, Wyo., designed a project called "Creative Portraits," which puts a spin on original portraiture.

"I take photos of unique, but beautiful people," Meyer said. "It's not like your normal senior photo sessions. I love working with people, getting creative with my models and making them feel beautiful."

Babbitt said students chose unique topics, some including photo series on depression, the loneliness of gambling and the fear of dolls and puppets.

Photographers included in the exhibition are Kenzie Bailey, psychology major from Spearfish Ethan Engel, art and graphic design communication major from Winner Adam Gomez, mass communication major from Spearfish Laura Howard, mass communication major from Spearfish Sheri Knutson, mass communication major from Sundance, Wyo. Jeannie Larson, mass communication major from Yankton Carly Meyer, graphic design communication major from Gillette, Wyo. Emily Morse, mass communication major from Rapid City Jessica Nelson, human services major from Yankton Samantha Patmore, graphic design communication major from Winner Allison Praeuner, graphic design communication major from Norfolk, Neb. Cody Wiseman, mass communication major from Rapid City and Trisha Wolf, mass communication major from Belle Fourche.
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