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UW-Eau Claire Alumni Photo Exhibit to Open
in Foster Gallery Oct. 6

RELEASED: Sept. 22, 2005

'Common Ground' poster EAU CLAIRE — Four award-winning University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire alumni who all found different pathways to excellence in photography will be featured in an exhibit titled "Common Ground: The Photography of Tony Duran, Liz Flores, David Joles and John Noltner."

The exhibit will run Oct. 6-27 in the Foster Gallery of UW-Eau Claire's Haas Fine Arts Center. An opening reception, sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association, will be held 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Foster Gallery. All four photographers will be on hand for the reception and several also will make presentations to students over the next few days. Duran, Flores, Joles and Noltner also will give a gallery talk at 10 am. Friday, Oct. 7, and Noltner will review student portfolios in the afternoon.

Duran '88 is one of the hottest celebrity photographers in Hollywood today. He is based in Los Angeles and has captured the famous faces of Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Salma Hayek, Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie and Lara Flynn Boyle. Duran is particularly known for his many images of J. Lo, including the covers for her albums "On the 6" and "This is Me Then." His shots of her have appeared on the cover of American Photo four times. Duran was featured in the fall 2004 issue of UW-Eau Claire's alumni magazine, The View.

Flores '95 and Joles '87 are a married couple who share a passion for photojournalism. Both have been staff photographers at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (they recently joined the staff of the Minneapolis Star Tribune), and both have earned numerous awards, primarily from the Wisconsin News Photographers Association. Both photographers have covered a wide range of subjects throughout their careers, including news, fashion, sports and food, but they have said they are most in love with telling stories through documentary photojournalism. Their photographs were featured in the summer 2002 issue of The View.

Flores, a native of southeastern New Mexico, was recognized by the WNPA as the Wisconsin Photographer of the year in 2003. Her work has taken her to Cuba, where she covered a Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra visit, to Nicaragua for a story on sweatshops, and to Mexico, where she photographed President Vicente Fox. At one time she worked as a staff photographer for Eau Claire's Leader-Telegram.

Joles won Wisconsin Photographer of the Year in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004. Most recently, he won second place in the prestigious Pictures of the Year International competition. Joles has said that he likes to stay close to home and capture images in and around his community. He also worked for the Leader-Telegram at one time.

Noltner '90 is a freelance photographer based in Minneapolis, specializing in images of people for editorial, corporate and advertising clients. His projects have taken him everywhere from corporate boardrooms to mountain villages in Thailand, and his award-winning photos have been published in numerous regional and national magazines, including ComputerWorld, Forbes, Midwest Living, Smithsonian, Parade, Outdoor Action, E-the Environmental Magazine and others. His corporate clients have included Carleton College, the McKnight Foundation, Minnesota Public Radio, Ordway Music Theatre, Sun Country Airlines, Wilson Leather, Bell Museum of Natural History and others. Noltner's fine art photographs have been exhibited locally and regionally and are included in the permanent collections of the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota History Center and in private holdings.

Rick Mickelson, photo/graphics coordinator for UW-Eau Claire's Learning and Technology Services, is curating the exhibit, with assistance from Foster Gallery director Tom Wagener.

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 about gallery exhibits, call Wagener at (715) 836-2328.

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