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'Of Memory, Bone and Myth'

"Falling in Trees" is by Elijah Gowin, visiting artist at UND and juror of its first national juried photography exhibit, "Of Memory, Bone and Myth."1 / 2
"Beach Bone" by Linda Alterwitz took first place in UND's first national juried photography exhibit, "Of Memory, Bone and Myth."2 / 2

The UND Department of Art and Design, in conjunction with the Myers Foundation, is having a reception of its first national juried photography exhibit, "Of Memory, Bone and Myth," with visiting artist and juror Elijah Gowin from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Empire Arts Center.

Today at 5 p.m., Gowin will give a free public lecture in the Paul E. Barr Memorial Lecture Room 227, UND Hughes Fine Arts Center.

The exhibit in the Empire focuses on the interpretation of memory and myth, a theme historically linked with photography, a news release said, as photography often has been used to record, document as well as allude to both real and fictional events. Organizers asked artists, students through professionals, to address this concept.

The exhibit received 109 entries, and Gowin picked 30 artists out of a pool of 434 images submitted and chose four winners. Jurying was done blindly to provide equal opportunity for all. Entries were received from the state of North Dakota and from as far as Hawaii.

n Best of Show was awarded to Areca Roe, a graduate student from Minneapolis, for her photograph entitled "The Flowers."

-- First place went to Linda Alterwitz, Las Vegas, for her photograph "Beach Bone."

-- Megan Jacobs, Santa Fe, N.M., received second for her photograph "Threads: Breathless."

-- Third place was awarded to Lyssa Palu-ay, Jamaica Plain, Mass., for her photograph "Stok Gonpa, Ladakh Range."

Gowin is associate professor at University of Missouri-Kansas, where he directs photographic studies. In a statement he wrote, in part:

"All the photographs in this exhibition help to remind us that, in the end, we (must) live in many places at once. This exhibition also points to my hope for a holistic and inclusive future for photography; one that embraces a diversity of practices, concerns and imaginings. In these wonderfully varied photographs, we see the rewards of such a vision."

Info: (701) 777-2910, suzanne.gonsalez@und.e

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