February 20, 2013

Cedarhurst hosting SIU photography exhibition

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The photographic works of Southern Illinois University Carbondale students, faculty and staff will be on display beginning next week at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mount Vernon.

The 2013 exhibition of work from the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts opens Feb. 25, and runs through May 5.  A gallery talk and opening reception is set for 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23.  Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

This year’s installation will again feature about 25 prints, said Daniel Overturf, a professor in the Department of Cinema and Photography.  The relationship between the college and Cedarhurst dates back to 1992.

The installation features primarily student works, but photos from cinema and photography faculty Alison Smith, visiting assistant professor; Antonio Martinez, associate professor; Overturf, and Carol Westerman-Jones, an academic adviser in cinema and photography and department alumnus.

This year’s exhibit “continues to reveal the diverse photographic ambitions of the artists in the department at the student and faculty level,” Overturf said.  “The different media and multiple image-making possibilities evidenced in the show reflect photography’s shifting definition as a discipline.

“We are delighted to show the excellent work done by our department with the Cedarhurst artistic community and look forward to fostering our connections as much as possible in the future,” Overturf said.

Cederhurst is proud to host the 21st annual exhibition of new photography by SIU Carbondale students, faculty and staff, said Rusty Freeman, director of visual arts at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.

Overturf “has really been the inspiration and drive behind this exhibition,” he said.

“This two-decade exhibition has long been exemplar in showcasing some of the innovative thinking being nurtured at SIU,” Freeman said.  “Students are encouraged to take creative and conceptual risks and it shows in their work.  Alongside these young artists is the work of their veteran professors who establish the lead in forward thinking.  This exhibition shares with our museum visitors a sampling of the best work in creative photography.”

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts is at 2600 Richview Road, Mount Vernon.  The facility is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.  The facility is closed on Mondays and national holidays.