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Augustana, WIU prof exhibits open at Bucktown


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Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2013, 11:27 am
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

The sixth annual Augustana Sights and Sounds exhibition opens at Bucktown Center for the Arts (225 E. 2nd St., Davenport) tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. The free event will feature photography from both Augustana students and Quad-Cities high school students, in addition to video narratives by the Augustana Video Bureau.

The exhibition will run through Friday, Feb. 22. Augustana Photo Bureau students will display a series of photos that highlight student life on the Rock Island campus, experiences in the Quad-Cities and personal interests. Live music will be performed tonight by Augustana music students.

Area high school photographers submitted their best original photos to compete for scholarship money and prizes. Members of the Augustana Photo Bureau judged the entries, and the winners' photos will be displayed as part of the exhibit.

The Augustana Video Bureau began in May 2012 to highlight life on campus from the perspective of students, faculty and staff. Videos range from short, narrative pieces featuring interviews to longer-form productions of notable speeches and lectures on and off campus. Advisor Andrew Petersen encourages students to experiment with different shooting and editing techniques to build video production skills. Students also strengthen interpersonal skills through video interviews.

Tonight's event also opens a photo exhibit by C.T. Weiss, an associate professor of graphic communication at Western Illinois University in Macomb. He said he has loved photography since childhood.

"I still remember my father walking around with an old 35-millimeter camera always around his neck," Mr. Weiss said in a release. "Even though I realized after college that I couldn't make a living with my camera, I never stopped loving photography."

Accordingly, all of the images in the current exhibit were produced from film negatives using traditional darkroom practices. "This exhibit is all about using the basics," he said. "I still love the moment when I see the negative images for the first time."

The exhibit also will run through Feb. 22. Mr. Weiss will be on hand during the opening to discuss his work and answer questions.



















 




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  Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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