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'Holy Sites/Sights' Photographic Exhibition to Open at UW-Eau Claire's Foster Gallery

RELEASED: Nov. 22, 2005

Holy Sites/Sights ExhibitionEAU CLAIRE — "Holy Sites/Sights," a selection of photographs by faculty and students of the Hartford Art School documenting archaeological excavations in Israel, will open in the Foster Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Thursday, Dec. 1. It will be on display through Dec. 21.

Christine Dalenta, curator of the exhibit, will give a lecture at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the Foster Gallery, followed by an opening reception from 4-5:30 p.m. Dalenta is curator of the George J. Sherman and Lottie K. Sherman Museum of Jewish Civilization at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn., and an adjunct instructor of photography at the Hartford Art School.

The exhibit, which first appeared at the Silpe Gallery at the Hartford Art School in September 2003, includes more than one hundred photographs of sites long regarded by many as "holy," as well as archaeological excavations now seen as important additions to the list of sites demonstrating the kind of power often associated with the divine. Twenty-nine selected photos will be on display in the Foster Gallery.

Dr. Harry Jol, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of geography and anthropology, who has been involved in archaeological research at some of the sites depicted in the exhibit, will also be on hand to speak. Several UW-Eau Claire students and one alumnus who were involved in the research with Jol appear in the photo exhibit. They are seniors Jenifer Bode, Bemidji/Shoreview, Minn., and Bryan Frenz, Tomah/Eau Claire, and 2003 graduate Robert Passow.

The Foster Gallery, the UW-Eau Claire department of geography and anthropology and the Hartford Art School are partnering to bring this exhibit to UW-Eau Claire. Other sponsors include the UW-Eau Claire Earth Science Seminar Series and Geography Seminar Series, UW-Eau Claire Foundation, the department of geology, the Academic Affairs Professional Development Program, the department of history, the department of philosophy and religious studies, Women on Wednesdays, and the Jewish Student Association.

Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6-8 p.m. Thursday evening and 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information on this exhibit, contact Jol at (715) 836-3472. For more information about gallery exhibits, call Foster Gallery director Tom Wagener at (715) 836-2328.

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