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UWFox Photography Club Exhibits Works at Appleton Public Library

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“For a long time, we discussed how much we wanted to have an exhibit of our own photography,” said Jeff Prokash, president of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley photography club.  With help from club advisor Dr. John Beaver (Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy), the club members organized their efforts and at last have their exhibit up for viewing in the Appleton Public Library, running through the end of February.

‘There are 13 photographs in the show,” according to Prokash. “Mostly black and white, with some portraiture, mostly done by the students.  Dr. Beaver does have a few photos in there, too. While none of the photos are presently for sale, they’re all titled and identified by the photographer who created the photo. The club members made the decisions as to what photos would be shown in the exhibit, too,” he said.

“We used black and white photos because of limited lab processing here on the campus,” Prokash said. The exhibit includes print processing in silver gelatin, inkjet, and chromogenic formats.

“Almost all the photos were printed in the campus darkroom,” Beaver added. “The students even did the framing and matting of their own works. They held fundraisers here on campus to in order to buy the framing and matting materials. They can even re-use some of the frames for future shows.”

“We used a wide range of cameras, including some that use film and some that use digital technology…from cheap cameras up through high tech,” Prokash explained.  “Dr. Beaver even used a vintage 4 x 5 Speed Graphic for some of his shots.” 

Jeff ProkashProkash is in his second year as an art major at UWFox after graduating from Menasha HS.  He plans to transfer to UW-Madison and earn his degree in art. Eventually, he wants to teach art at the college level. “I think that this is great. I’ve been in the club for three years and we didn’t do much in that time. We finally put in some quality time and now we have something to show for all of our efforts. It’s nice to have that feeling.” 

Other students exhibiting their work include Betina Chaon, Theresa Moes, Joana Schumacher, Mina Young, Emily Neumeier, Lindsey Stifter, Melissa Kepler, Jen Brandner, and Nate Kohl. 

Prokash relates that, “Several photos were taken on a field trip to the Art Institute in Chicago, and others were taken on excursions in and around the Fox Cities.” 

The exhibit is located near the magazine racks and the information desk on the first floor at the Appleton Public Library, which is just north of College Avenue in central downtown Appleton.

For more information about the UWFox Photography Club or the club’s current exhibit, contact John Beaver at 832-2667 or email him at john.beaver@uwc.edu.

Posted 2/10/2005