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Travel inspires students’ photography exhibit

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (March 29, 2019) – Milligan’s senior photography minors will showcase their portfolios on April 7-12 in the Milligan Art Gallery located inside Derthick Hall. An opening reception will take place on Sunday, April 7, from 2-4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will feature digital and film photography from Janae Rangel of Elizabethton, Tennessee; Bethany Sodergren, Baraboo, Wisconsin; and Samantha Steadman, Johnson City, Tennessee. The exhibit highlights a central theme that has shaped each senior’s photography collection: travel.

Rangel’s portfolio, “Edges and Ledges,” features photography of various national parks in the United States, as well as Central Park in New York City.

Sodergren’s collection, “Finding the Beauty in Zimbabwe,” was captured during her travels to Africa for two months last summer.

For Steadman, her collection, “The Sublime,” was inspired by a photography class she pursued while studying abroad in Italy.

“I enrolled in a black-and-white photography class while abroad,” said Steadman. “That course inspired much of the work I pursued once I returned to Milligan.”

As the seniors reflected on their photography courses, they emphasized the strengths of Milligan’s faculty.

“The faculty have been so supportive over the years and have greatly assisted us as we prepare for the show,” observed Sodergren. “I really appreciate the impact that my professors, particularly Alice Anthony and Art Brown, have had on my work and my time at Milligan.”

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Posted by on March 29, 2019.