'The Art of Politics' at McIninch Gallery

Thursday, January 17, 2008
SNHU Communications Office

The McIninch Art Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University will present “The Art of Politics: Documenting Social Change,” from Jan. 18 through Feb. 14. An opening reception and panel discussion, “Issues at Stake,” will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, in Robert Frost Hall.

Photographers include Lori Duff, Edmund Fountain, Preston Gannaway, Dan Habib, Lewis Hines, Brian Lehmann, Meryl Levin, Katlyn Morin, E. Skylar Litherland and Thomas Whisenand.

The panel discussion will include Michael Chaney, president and CEO of the New Hampshire Political Library; Debbie Disston, director of the McIninch Art Gallery; Eleanor Dunfey-Freiburger, professor of ethics and civic engagement at SNHU; Gannaway, staff photographer at the Concord Monitor; Meryl Levin, photographer, guest curator and adjunct professor at SNHU; Katlyn Morin, SNHU student; and Ernesto Sagas, associate professor of political science at SNHU.

This photography exhibition examines the political climate of this election year by portraying past presidential hopefuls working to inspire voters as well as images that capture the essence of such issues as war, poverty, immigration, health care and human rights. The show explores national and even global issues, on a local scale – underscoring the premise that all politics are local. In addition, viewers will be able to examine the ways in which photography impacts our national politics and how the medium itself has evolved both technically and aesthetically as an art form that has successfully married art and message.
This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the New Hampshire Institute of Art and generous contributions from the Concord Monitor and the New Hampshire Political Library.

Please call Debbie Disston at 603.629.4622 or e-mail m.gallery@snhu.edu for additional information. The McIninch Art Gallery, which was made possible by a generous gift from the McIninch Foundation, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays. All gallery events are free and open to the public.

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