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Graduating Artists Display Photos
in McIntyre Library Through May 31

RELEASED: May 21, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — Art students Jennifer Hietpas, Kaukauna, and Lisa Sergot, Grand Rapids, Minn., both of whom received bachelor of arts degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire commencement Saturday, May 19, have photographs on display in the grand corridor of McIntyre Library on the UW-Eau Claire campus. The show will run through May 31.

Both students are displaying photos taken while abroad.

Photography by UW-Eau Claire graduate Jennifer HietpasHietpas' work in this exhibit explores the 2006 presidential election in Nicaragua, as well as the lives of animals as a subculture. She said she strives to create cultural awareness through photojournalism, and she intends to continue documenting in Latin American countries after graduation.

Hietpas spent four semesters working as an assistant photographer for The Spectator, UW-Eau Claire's student newspaper, and an additional semester as photography editor.

"After graduation I will be focusing more on portrait photography, but eventually plan on working for a newspaper or magazine on the east coast," Hietpas said. More examples of her work are available online .

Photograph by UW-Eau Claire graduate Lisa SergotSergot's work focuses on landscapes. Her photos were taken during her fall 2006 semester abroad in the south of France, as well as in the Eau Claire area this spring. She said that after returning from France, where she saw and photographed many beautiful scenes, she became more aware of the beauty of the region around Eau Claire and began documenting that.

"I think it's only natural for people to take their local surrounding for granted at some point, but my photography attempts to counter that mentality," said Sergot. "I like to shoot during the golden hours of photography, the first and last hours of sunlight during the day. This provides me with a softer light, more vibrant colors, and dramatic shadows."

More of Sergot's work is available at online.

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