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Photography exhibition and opening reception to be held at BHSU

Photo by Charlie Poehls
Black Hills State University photography students will host an exhibition titled Stone Soup in the BHSU Photographer's Gallery located in the lower level of Jonas Hall.  Photograph by Charlie Poehls, mass communication major from Rapid City.

Black Hills State University photography students are proud to announce the opening of an exhibition entitled Stone Soup in the BHSU Photographer's Gallery located in the lower level of Jonas Hall.

Stone Soup is a collection of over 125 photographs taken by students enrolled in the Contemporary Issues in Photography course this fall. There will be an opening reception Thursday, Dec. 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. in the BHSU Photographer's Gallery.

The class challenged 18 students to choose a specific personal theme or project to work on during the fall semester. The photographs included in this exhibition are the culmination and presentation of these projects. The subject matter is wide-ranging and diverse, and there are a variety of photographic mediums presented.

The student photographers have published a companion book, which will be on display during the exhibition and available for purchase in the gallery.  Each student also chose 20 of their own photographs to design and self-publish an individual book of finished images.  These books will be on display as well.

“This exhibition is the result of a semester’s work from some of our most creative, talented and advanced photography students. Contemporary Issues in Photography is intended to be the capstone course for our photography program. It is also intended to push students to step outside of their comfort zone and exceed their personal expectations. This year's class has certainly exceeded mine," said Steve Babbitt, professor of mass communication/photography.

Photographers included in the exhibition are: Tamra Allen, communication art major from Rapid City;  Megan Clark mass communication and communication art major from Spearfish; Sonja Erickson, mass communication major from Douglas, Wyo.; Brooke Geier, mass communication major from Watertown; Amanda Goetz, mass communication major from Spearfish; Sarah Jordan, mass communication and communication art major from Faith;  David Maurer, mass communication major from Rapid City; Charlie Poehls, mass communication major from Rapid City; Randall Reed, mass communication and communication art major from Spearfish; Emily Riedman, mass communication major from Bismarck, N.D.; Cory Schultz, mass communication and communication art major from Black Hawk;  Alexis Smith, mass communication major from Flandreau; Tracy Spaans, communication art and mass communication major from Keystone; Brian Speidel, art and music major from Belle Fourche; Matthew Storms, mass communication major from Rapid City;  Tabitha Witte, mass communication major from Rapid City; and Chris Yushta, mass communication major from Lemmon.

The Photographer’s Gallery is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibition will be on display through Jan. 29, 2012.  For more information contact Babbitt at 605-642-6769.

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