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Photography exhibit to highlight work with Appalachia Service Project

“Doodle and Gordy: Scott County, TN,” by Milligan College senior Kate Handzlik

“Doodle and Gordy: Scott County, TN,” by Milligan College senior Kate Handzlik

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Feb. 21, 2014) — “Apalaci,” an art exhibit by Milligan College senior Kate Handzlik, opens Sunday, March 2, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Milligan Art Gallery, located in the lower level of Derthick Hall.

The exhibit will remain open through March 7. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Handzlik is a double major in fine arts (photography emphasis) and psychology.

Her exhibit will feature various types of photography, such as digital, film, color, and black and white. The photography documents Handzlik’s travels and experiences with the people and poverty of Appalachia through the Appalachia Service Project.

“The name ‘Apalaci’ is a term given by the Native Americans about this particular region of the country,” said Handzlik, a native of Chalfont, Pa. “Translated it means ‘people of the light’ or ‘torch bearers.’ I can’t think of a better way to describe the people of Appalachia.”

Handzlik has been awarded several accolades for her work. Her photograph “Pocahontas and Spongebob: Harlan County, KY” was named runner-up in the 2013 Photographer’s Forum Best of College and High School Photography, as well as a finalist in the 2013 Photographer’s Forum Best of Photography 2013. The photograph also was featured in the summer 2013 publication of A! Magazine for the Arts.

Her photograph “Doodle and Gordy: Scott County, TN” was also featured in “The FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art” in November 2013.

Both of these photographs will be on display in Handzlik’s exhibit.

“I’m excited to show the Milligan community my passion and heart for the impoverished of Appalachia through my photography,” said Handzlik.

For more information on arts events at Milligan, visit www.milligan.edu/arts.

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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