posted October 9, 2007

Exhibit Features Work of Hope Professor

The Aquinas College Art and Music Center (AMC) Gallery is featuring the work of celebrated Michigan photographer and Hope College professor Steve Nelson in an exhibit entitled "Simultaneity"through Nov. 9. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Nelson, who is chair of the art department at Hope, is particularly interested in examining the gap between "what is nature, and what is human." "Simultaneity," which encompasses over twenty original black and white photographs, explores that gap. "I feel like nature is asking us, 'Where have you gone, why have you left, and when will you return?'" said Nelson, who used a 19th century plate camera in capturing the images. "It reinforces ambiguity as well as detail."

The photographer also deliberately chose black and white over color. "In my case, I think color would be a distraction. Ambiguity activates our imagination as well as clarity," he said.

All of the photographs were taken in Michigan, including some in the Upper Peninsula.

The exhibit is open from 10 a.m-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday; and 2-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Nelson received his B.F.A. with a concentration in photography from Western Michigan University in 1982, and his M.F.A. in Art Media Studies from Syracuse University in 1985.