GODFREY - Lewis and Clark Community College will feature the
Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative's (MRCTI) Mississippi
River Photo Exhibit as it rolls down the river before concluding
its journey in New Orleans, La.
The exhibit will run from Friday, Aug. 30, to Wednesday, Sept.
11, in the Hatheway Cultural Center Lobby (upstairs) on Lewis and
Clark's Godfrey campus, and feature two photos by local artist and
L&C adjunct faculty member Jeff Vaughn.
"The Mississippi River and the subsequent play of light on the
river can be profoundly beautiful to the eye," Vaughn said. "With
each venture, the interplay of the river, light and atmospheric
effects are never quite the same. For a photograph to transcend
documentation and pose an artistic vision is very
Contributed photos fall into three categories that capture the
natural beauty of the river, life on the river and challenges of
the river. The photographs will be on display nearest the location
they depict along a 50-foot map of the Mississippi River, on which
guests can walk.
The purpose of the exhibition is to celebrate the importance,
culture and history of the Mississippi River, as well as draw
attention to matters of mutual concern along its borders,
including: river water quality and habitat restoration; flooding
and floodplain issues; river-focused recreation and sustainable
Vaughn's photos were made from locations on top of the bluffs
overlooking the river on Principia College's property.
"The Mississippi has been a source of inspiration for
photography and image making," Vaughn said. "I'm a painter as well
and my paintings are made from my photographs. The play of light on
the river and how the reflected light affects the environment makes
the Riverbend a rather unique combination of water and land."
The photography exhibition, which opened in Washington D.C.,
served as a unique backdrop for a press briefing held by MRCTI
mayors during their first meeting in the nation's capital.
MRCTI is a local government-led effort, housed at the
Northeast-Midwest Institute and funded by the Walton Foundation,
empowering the 10 states and more than 100 cities that border the
Mississippi River to act for its continued prosperity,
sustainability and economic growth.
Vaughn thinks the exhibit is a great chance for people to
experience the Mississippi in a new way.
"It should be fascinating to see photographs that depict the
various regions of the Mississippi," Vaughn said. "Without
traveling the length of the river, one could experience, through
the eye of the camera, artistic images of these locales."
The Mississippi River Photo Exhibit is sponsored by the
Northeast-Midwest Institute, National Mississippi River Museum and
Aquarium and Lewis and Clark Community College.
The exhibition began in Dubuque, Iowa, and then traveled to
Ft. Madison, Iowa, and St. Louis, Mo. After its stint in Alton, the
exhibit will continue down the Mississippi River with stops in
Osceola, Ark.; Memphis, Tenn.; Vicksburg, Miss. and New Orleans,
Those wanting more information can contact Louise Jett,
L&C media specialist, at (618) 468-3220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.