Photographer Alison Wright spent the day Sept. 19 meeting with Culver Academies students and officially opened an exhibition of her work at the Crisp Visual Arts Center that evening. She was greeted with a full house of students, faculty, staff, and interested community members.
Her exhibition is titled “Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit.” It is sponsored by the Global Studies Institute in conjunction with the Visual Arts Department. The exhibition was originally scheduled to close Oct. 20, but it has now been extended to Nov. 20. Group or individual viewing during the school day can be reserved via e-mail at Robert.Nowalk@culver.org or by calling the Art Office (574-842-8278). Public walk-in hours are the second Sunday of the month from 1 to 4 p.m.
A special Parents Weekend viewing is available 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. Culver’s two Klaper Summer Fellowship Award winners, seniors May Nguyen (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) and Hanna Moffet (Houston, Texas) will lead the tour of Wright’s photographs in the Deer-Zink Gallery. They will also be available to answer questions about their fellowship summer and plans for their upcoming Klaper exhibition in October.
Wright has been a significant contributor to the visual record of humanity for over two decades. In traveling to remote and familiar places across the globe, she provides an essential view of the world through a compassionate concern for documenting the interaction of the planet’s unique and vital human cultures.
Represented by National Geographic and Corbis, Wright’s photography has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic magazine, Smithsonian, American Photo, Natural History, Time, Forbes, O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Outside, and San Francisco Chronicle.
Wright is a two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award and, in 1993, accepted the prestigious Dorothea Lange Award in Documentary Photography for her photographs of child labor in Asia. Her writing and photographs have been collected in several books: The Spirit of Tibet: Portrait of a Culture in Exile (1998), Faces of Hope: Children of a Changing World (2003), Face to Face, Portraits of the Human Spirit (2012), and her biography, Learning to Breathe: One Woman’s Journey of Spirit and Survival (2008).