CSU, Chico News

Photographers Capture Wind for Exhibition

Date: 10-01-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Adrienne Scott,
Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Photographers captured images of the wind at work for Become Windspired, the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology’s juried American Visions Photography Contest. The winning photographs will be on display at the museum until Oct. 15.

Jim Gregg of Chico received the Best in Show award for his image “Lenticular Clouds,” a photo of a cloudscape above Mt. Shasta. Gregg received a $500 prize.

Two honorable mention awards were presented to Jane King, Durham, for “California Buttes on Fire,” a piece that captures the wind-whipped summer fires of 2008 in Northern California, and “Wind Blast,” a photo of an icy wind blowing across a Wyoming highway.

A third honorable mention was presented to Pat Whitley of Oro Valley, Ariz., for “Time-honored and New,” a photo of a modern windmill farm.

The contest and exhibition are in coordination with this year’s Book in Common, William Kamkwamba’s “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.” A short video relating the incredible real-life story of Kamkwamba provides a backdrop for the 16 images, sent by photographers from across the country.

The Museum of Anthropology, located on the first floor of the Meriam Library, California State University, Chico, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call Scott at 530-898-5397 or visit http://www.csuchico.edu/anth/museum/ex_photocomp.html.

A schedule of other BIC-related events can be found at http://www.csuchico.edu/bic/index.shtml.