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Current Exhibition

Ryan Spencer Reed Photographs:
The Sudan Project

September 26 - September 30, 2005

Guest Lecture: Tuesday,
September 27, 2005 at 1:00 p.m


Ryan Spencer Reed, a documentary photojournalist, has covered the displacement taking many forms caused by multiple scorched earth campaigns which have been wielded by the ruthless Sudanese Government. After graduating from Calvin in May of 2002 sold his car to pay is way to East Africa to document critical social issues. The plight of the Sudanese captured his heart most inspiring a journey which lead Ryan through Sudan , Kenya , and Chad . It even brought him back to Western Michigan where some of the displaced Sudanese Lost Boys (and girls) have been relocated. This compelling indictment is now an exhibit and an appeal against the conflicts of Sudan while advocating for the people they are displacing.



Images are powerful statements by individual witnesses who were present as these events unfolded; indeed, they have become the primary sources in the documenting of our recent history. The collapse of the news magazine network for the distribution of in-depth reporting of historical events has required those who document subjects such as the Sudanese condition to move to other venues. Therefore, as part of a grass-roots awareness campaign this set of images is now the impetus for further conversation in the disciplines of foreign policy, economics, communications, sociology, history, third world development, and art.

For a complete schedule of the events for the Critical Issues Symposium,
please visit:

To support this traveling exhibition through the purchase of fine art photographic prints or for more information please visit:



For further information about what is happening in Sudan please go to:

www.savedarfur.org - the Save Darfur Coalition

www.icg.org - International Crisis Group

www.irinnews.org - United Nations Integrated Region Information Networks

www.reliefweb.int - conglomerate of media coverage

www.doctorswithoutborders.org - Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders

www.amnesty.org - Amnesty International

www.hrw.org - Human Rights Watch


For more information, please contact the De Pree Gallery Office at (616) 395-7500. Regular Gallery hours for the Academic Year are Sunday-Monday 1:00-5:00; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; and Thursday from 10:00 a.m.until 9:00 p.m. The De Pree Art Center and Gallery is located at the corner of 12th Street and Columbia Avenue. The gallery is handicapped accessible. Admission is free.