Hartwick Senior’s New Zealand Photos on Display

March 2, 2011

The Yager Museum of Art & Culture at Hartwick College is now showing an exhibition titled "Te Ao Máram-A Duffy Experience in New Zealand." An opening for the exhibition will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2011 at the Yager Museum.

The exhibition celebrates the impact that the Duffy Scholarship can have on a student's life, through the experience of one recipient. Featuring more than 20 landscape photographs taken by Ben Wronkoski '11, the exhibition explores the natural world of New Zealand's diverse environment.

Working under the direction of Professor of Art Katharine Kreisher, Wronkoski's photographs express his passion and exploration of this country in depth. The scholarship offered Wronkoski the opportunity to develop his own plan of study, incorporating significant amounts of travel and outdoor experience, all of which are reflected in the photographs. 

"The diverse landscape defines New Zealand's cultural history and I hoped to capture the natural world, or Te Ao Márama in the Maori language, while exploring and developing my own photographic techniques along the way," he explained.

The Duffy Family Ambassador Fund, a scholarship endowment to support educational travel abroad by Hartwick College students, was established in 1999 by former Hartwick Trustee John Duffy H'00 and his wife, Anne Duffy. They are the parents of Hartwick graduates Hilary Duffy '91 and Kevin Duffy '95. Scholarships from the Fund are awarded annually to students who have demonstrated financial need and have provided a strong case for their proposed program abroad. Duffy Scholarships are meant to make it possible for individual students to have an in-depth, one-on-one experience in a country that they have never been to before.

The exhibition will be shown until May 28, 2011. The Yager Museum of Art & Culture and Museum Shop are open between noon and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. More information about events and exhibitions can be found by calling 607-431-4480 or visiting

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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.

Contact: Christopher Lott
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