For Immediate Release
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August 23, 1999
For More Information Contact:
Office of Marketing and Communications
219-980-6685

Northwest Indiana Industry Does Have Beauty

Images of Industry, is the theme of an upcoming exhibit at Gallery Northwest at Indiana University Northwest. Curated by Dr. Donald Coffin, IU Northwest Division of Business and Economics dean and professor, the show will allow individuals to see images depicting both positive and negative aspects of the industrial world by artists who are natives of the Northwest Indiana region.

“Without overlooking the negative impact industry has on our lives, these works also show us the color and dynamism and beauty that are there as well,” says Coffin.

According to Coffin, the idea of merging industry and beauty originated several years ago as he was drove home late at night while passing a local steel mill.

“Seeing it at night, I was struck, and not for the first time, by the immensity of the site, by the sheer power of what I saw, and by its beauty,” explains Coffin. “I thought then, that in trying to show all aspects of the industrial side of Northwest Indiana, it would help illuminate that aspect of our world.”

Featured artists of the exhibit include Geoffrey Black, a native of Northwest Indiana and director of photography at The Times. His work depicts work aspects of the steel mills, including boats that ship raw materials to the mills.

Alfonso Corpus, who is currently a faculty member at Richard Stockton College in New Jersey, but worked at a local steel mill for 13 years before returning to school. His work includes photogravures and mixed media of the steel facilities.

Retired Purdue University Calumet faculty member, Barbara Meeker’s watercolors will show composite landscapes of industrial sites, while Northwest Indiana resident Alan Pouch, director of media production at the Illinois College of Optometry, will show black and white photographs of the inside of an electric power plant.

Photographs from the Calumet Regional Archives, located on campus, will also be included in the exhibit.

Images of Industry will open August 30 and run through September 29 at Gallery Northwest, located in Tamarack Hall on campus. The opening reception will be September 1 from
noon to 2 p.m.  The gallery is open to the community and is free of charge. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information on the exhibit or Gallery Northwest, telephone Ann Fritz, director, at 219-980-6891.


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