Prism Galleries are open during normal building hours.
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 the expore global culture.
The exhibitions and residency of Linda Smith and her partner, Prossy Nzamukosha, are curated and hosted by Karin Tollefson-Hall and Anne Stewart.
As a photojournalist, Linda Smith has photographed orphanages in Russia and India. Her photographs of Rwanda and Uganda were featured at the Rwandan Embassy in Washington D. C. in 2006. In 2008, Linda was commissioned by the United Nations to travel to Rwanda to teach photography to twelve survivors and repentant participants from the 1994 genocide. In 2010, she was commissioned by the UN to curate a photography exhibit of the 12 participants’ photographs at the Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda.
In her lecture, Linda Smith will share her experiences teaching photography to children in Rwanda, Uganda and the United States through her project titled Through the Eyes of Hope (TEOH). TEOH is a charitable project, founded by Linda Smith, which provides photographic training, cameras and classes to children in both Rwanda and USA. In 2006, Linda first traveled to Rwanda where she spent much of her time behind the camera. The Rwandans were captivated by the photographs that Linda took since many of the children and adults she photographed had never seen an image of themselves. Linda recognized the potential that the camera held for the children, by not only providing them with documentation of their lives but also allowing them to experience a sense of joy and fun. The vision of TEOH is:
to provide photography classes as a means of art therapy to children around the world
to allow children to tell their own stories through their photographs
to provide a local trade to help children pay for school fees and food
to celebrate and affirm children’s creativity by exhibiting their photographs in different venues throughout the world
to bring awareness of different cultures to communities through the children’s photographs