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About Prism Gallery and Prism International Gallery

Prism Gallery
Located in the lower level of the Festival Conference and Student Center, Prism gallery is dedicated to exhibiting works emphasizing aspects of diversity, including areas of culture, religion, gender and sexuality.

Prism International Gallery
Located in the upper level of the Festival Conference and Student Center, Prism International gallery is dedicated to exhibiting works that explore global culture.

Prism Galleries are open during normal building hours.

On Exhibit in Prism Gallery:

Rural Health Outreach and Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education:

JMU’s Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services

Photographs by ART 464 The Photograph as Document class

School of Art, Design and Art History

Exhibit Dates: 4/27/15 - 6/12/15

What is the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services and what does it do for the local community?  From the long list of clinics and programs overseen by IIHHS, students of an advanced photography class, The Photograph as Document, selected two key programs to highlight in a new exhibition of photographs:
Rural Health Outreach specializes in interprofessional collaborations in response to the health and human services needs identified by residents of the Page County area. It is centered at The Health Place, a satellite of the IIHHS.
Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education ensures that all migrant students reach challenging
academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma or complete a GED that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment.
“The Photograph as Document” is an advanced photography class taught by Corinne Diop thatexplores the role of documentary photography in art, activism and reportage in contemporary culture and in photography’s evolving history. As part of the class, and with the help of Emily Akerson, Director of The Health Place and Healthy Families Page and Shenandoah Counties, Yvonne Frazier, Program Manager of Healthy Families for Page County, Jennifer Rea, Assistant Director of Office on Children and Youth, Kathleen Christian, Lead Migrant Education Student Advocate and many others at IIHHS, each student took part in a background research and travel to the sites to photograph these two important IIHHS programs, Rural Health Outreach and Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education, culminating in this collaborative exhibition.
The Photographers:Jillian Edwards, Erin Gover, Gina Huber, Felicia Knise,
Jeremy Morris, Brenna Ortt, Terri Webb
Jillian Edwards is a recent transfer student majoring in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography; after acquiring ample experience from many different universities, she is glad to have found herself at JMU and she hopes to experience as much of the world as she can through photography. Jillian found photographing the Migrant Education program to be an incredible experience since it put her in situations she had neither considered nor seen before; while she photographed families that are not as lucky as her own, she saw that they were just like any other family filled with love for one another.
Erin Gover is a Senior Interior Architecture Major minoring in Photography who loves to be creative and work with her hands and to take photographs of the world around her, with a passion that is equally split. Her latest projects include a proposal for a new horizontal city for Detroit with pathways that run above their highway systems and, studying strobe light photography that captures stop-action movement. Her photographs for this exhibition are of a family in the Rural Health Outreach program, focusing on girl who was energetically swinging and playing with one of her toys even though somewhat shy around the camera.
Gina Huberand Brenna Orttare both seniors earning a BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography. For this project they travelled to the home of a family in the Migrant Education program to photograph a young girl who was being tutored by another James Madison University student.Ginaworks as a wedding photographer, a marketing photographer for JMU, and as the Art Director at the Artful Dodger. Brenna works as an environmental researcher and hopes to work at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the future.
Felicia Knise is a Junior Studio Art major with a concentration in Photography. Originally from southern Connecticut, she came to JMU to expand and explore her creative skills as an artist and aspires to be a sports photographer. She looks for opportunities to gain more experience in the photography world, such as attending the JMU study abroad photography program in Prague this summer. For this project Felicia felt very fortunate to be able to photograph a young mom at The Health Place who is using the program’s benefits to ensure she has a healthy child and family; she could tell that the woman felt very lucky to be photographed and enjoyed the experience.
Jeremiah Morris is a senior pursuing a BFA degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography. For this project Jeremiah worked closely with The Health Place to photograph the beauty and charm of Page County and he also attempted to capture the nature of the work they do for the surrounding community. Jeremiah was recently selected for a prestigious Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship and is currently working on a garden to grow materials for a process called “anthotypes”, a type of photograph made using plant-based photosensitizing emulsions.
Terri Webb is a senior who is finishing her Bachelors of Individual Study in the Adult Degree Program, with a concentration is Archival Photography and Historical Processes. With this degree she hopes to be able to work with the National Archives to help restore and preserve old photographs. While Terri lives within 5 minutes of an apple orchard that has families in the Migrant Education program and the trees were beautiful with millions of apples, she could not get permission to photograph the workers while they picked; however, another ‘apple camp’ in the Winchester area had workers who did give their permission to be photographed. Terri found that they lived in a small, square, cold, cement block rooms that were only large enough for two or three cot-like beds with one window and no bathroom, with a communal kitchen shared by each housing section. One family that allowed her to photograph had a little boy that was pure happiness despite being squeezed into such a small living space.
School of Art, Design, and Art History
Corinne Diop, Professor of Art                                           
(540) 280-8017                                                         
Further information on IIHHS Community Engagement Programs:

Upcoming Exhibits in Prism Gallery

Drawing Peace: International Children's Art Contest Winners Curated by the Gandhi Center
Exhibit Dates: 6/15/15 - 7/17/15

International Dogs II
Curated by Ms. Judy Cohen
Exhibit Dates: 7/27/15 - 9/15/15

On Exhibit in Prism International Gallery

One World, Many Stories