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Wofford to host two photographic exhibitions

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will host two photographic exhibitions featuring works by American Zen Master John Daido Loori and by student Austin Baker. Both exhibits open on Monday, April 10, and there is no admission charge to the exhibits.

Loori’s photographs will be on exhibit, titled “Jinzu,” through May 16 in the Sandor Teszler Library Gallery. Hours for the gallery are 8 a.m.-midnight Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m.-midnight Sunday.

He will give a lecture on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the Olin Teaching Theater in the Franklin W. Olin Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Loori is a first generation American Zen Master and the abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in the Catskill Mountains of New York, where he integrates his background as an artist and naturalist with his spiritual teachings. He maintains a particular interest in using artistic expression as a way to communicate the teachings of Zen, continuing the spirit of the timeless aesthetic of the Artless Arts of Zen. Loori lectures extensively on photography and the creative process at art centers, museums and universities. He is author of 18 books, two of which are collections of his photographs. His photography has been published in books, magazines and leading photography journals, and he has directed, filmed or produced 10 documentary works and several art videos that interweave poetry, music and visual imagery. His recent “Mountains and Rivers” video won the Gold Award at the WorldFest Charleston International Film Festival and Honorable Mention at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival. More about Loori can be found at his Web site at www.johndaidoloori.org.

Photographs by Baker, a graduate of York Comprehensive High School in York, S.C., will be on exhibit through May 19 in the Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery in the Raines Center. Hours for the gallery are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Prompted by his father to enroll in a Digital Darkroom course at Wofford, Baker, a Wofford junior, began taking photographs as often as possible, and along the way he continued reading about photography and digital imaging. After almost a year of testing himself with an old Nikon CoolPix 990 camera, he moved to a Nikon D70 model. His photographs reveal sensuous images and forms from nature and present arresting views of people in dynamic relationships. Baker is a Wofford writing center tutor and a member of the Success Initiative leadership program.