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Local photographer captures “The Big Picture”

Rector photo exhibit now on display at Milligan

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (September 30, 2009) — The photography of East Tennessee native Chuck Rector is currently on display in the Milligan College Art Gallery located in the lower level of Milligan’s Derthick Hall. The show, which runs through Oct. 15, is free and open to the public.

Rector’s exhibit depicts The Big Picture, a Youth in Ministry (YiM) student leadership conference that took place last July at Milligan. The week-long conference is designed for teens who are eager to pursue God’s call for their lives. Rector captured many moments during the week, including the teens’ in-depth exploration of personality and spiritual gifts, sessions on specific ministry areas of interest, and worship and praise time.

Rector, a Milligan alumnus who was born in Bristol and raised in Kingsport, is serving as the artist in residence at Milligan this semester, assisting professors and students in the fine arts area.

“Photography has been part of my life since I was seven years old, when my parents bought me my first camera,” Rector said. “I never thought about improving my skills until I started college at Milligan. My friend, advisor and photography professor, Alice Anthony, opened my eyes to a whole new world.”

Rector earned a bachelor of arts degree in fine arts with an emphasis in photography from Milligan in spring 2009. He currently resides in Elizabethton.

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Posted by on September 30, 2009.