Photo by Devon Kameko Gonzalez ’12

Photo Exhibits Highlight Study Abroad

May 22, 2012

Two Hartwick College students are currently exhibiting photographs taken during January Term experiences abroad. The work of Michael Itgen '12 and Devon Kameko Gonzalez '12 is on display on the Hartwick College campus through Commencement Weekend.

Gonzalez is a native New Yorker who will graduate from Hartwick with a BA in Photojournalism focusing on personal documentary components. She has been exhibited in group juried shows at Hartwick College as well as solo shows at several venues in Oneonta, NY and New York City. Her work is based largely on themes relating to dream, memory and personal identity.

Her 2012 thesis exhibition for her Individual Student Program in Photojournalism titled "Narrative Portraits" includes portraits of friends from home, members of the Hartwick community and individuals she met during her J Term study trip to South Africa.

Photo by Devon Kameko Gonzalez ’12 The presentation is hung in the Hallway Gallery, second floor Anderson Center for the Arts incorporates color photographs, projected video and recorded interviews. A reception will coincide with the closing event for the Senior Art Exhibition in Foreman Gallery on Friday May 25 from 2-3pm. The artist will be present to answer questions.

For this ISP, Gonzalez worked with Professor of Art Katharine Kreisher who acted as mentor for the thesis project and also studied with photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart. Professor of Anthropology Connie Anderson's course in South Africa significantly influenced the project, as did on going guidance from Associate Professor of Art Joe Von Stengel.

During J Term 2012, Itgen travelled to the island of Madagascar to study the endemic species found there. During the course, students learned about the vast amount of biodiversity and endemism that makes Madagascar one of the world's biodiversity hot spot.

Photo by Michael Itgen '13"While traveling across the country, we observed the high amounts of deforestation that occurred and all of us left the trip realizing how threatened these animals are becoming and the importance of conservation when these species can easily become extinct within a decade," he reflected. "The most important step we can take to help save these species is to raise awareness, as I try to do with my photographs of these endemic species."

Itgen is a current student at Hartwick College and will be graduating in 2013 with a degree in Biology and a minor in Photography. He plans to become a tropical biologist and use his photography to spread awareness and promote preservation of life in the rain forest.

The photographs were taken during the "Madagascar: Cults and Conservation" class taught by Associate Professor of Biology Allen Crooker and Technical Assistant in Biology Rob Hunt. Professor of Art Katharine Kreisher advised the organization and designing of the show, which can be found in the Untitled Gallery in Dewar Union.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable

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