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For two decades, the imagination and creativity of Black Hills State University student photographers have produced hundreds of amazing images. Annually, BHSU exhibits these images during a Spring Student Photography Exhibition. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of thisexhibition, the BHSU photography programwill display photos from its Permanent Photography Collection from March 18 – April 4 in the University’s Ruddell Gallery.
  “Over the past 20 years we have had so many gifted and talented students involved in our
   
program who have gone on to careers in the photographic industry throughout the U.S.  Some have participated in photography internships and experiences in Greece, England and Afghanistan,” said Steve Babbitt, professor of mass communication/photography. “It is truly a joy to see these images that span 20 years. It makes me very proud to have had the opportunity to work with each and every one of these students.”
 

The Permanent Photography Collection consists of more than 300 images from former BHSU photography students collected during the past two decades.  The exhibit will include many genres and types of photographs ranging from historic non-silver processes to experimental digital and silver-based images. The subject matter is as wide ranging as are the styles and themes presented in the exhibition, Babbitt said. 

“I always get a great deal of enjoyment from curating an alumni exhibition,” said Jerry Rawlings, assistant professor of mass communication/photography. “It is a reminder to me of former students and old friends who have moved on from BHSU. Viewing this body of work reminds me of the vast variety of work that our students produce and makes me proud to have been their teacher. Their photography ensures that they will always be remembered."

The Ruddell Gallery is located on the second floor of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union and is open during the Union’s regular business hours. All shows are free of charge.