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.
Hungry Planet authors and award-winning photojournalists Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio will deliver a Visiting Scholars lecture on Thursday, February 7 in the Festival Ballroom. The talk, titled “The World on a Plate: A Global Photographic Feast” will begin at 6:30pm, preceded by an exhibit reception at 5:30pm in the Prism Gallery.
The lecture, which is a result of a partnership between OESS, The Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence and many other university collaborators, will be free and open to the public.
The students in The Photograph as Document photography class in the School of Art, Design, and Art History at James Madison University present a compelling exhibition on Hunger in Harrisonburg. The photographs are based on their semester-long research on the local problem of hunger that affects many Harrisonburg residents and on attempts being made to alleviate it. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank reports that over one in ten people in our region do not know where their next meal will come from-- their agency serves 120,000 people per month, including many who never expected to need their help.
Viewers are invited to bring non-perishable food for collection at the exhibition or to contribute to the online Virtual Food Drive.
Sara Bang is a senior photography student at JMU. She volunteered and photographed volunteers and the families receiving packages from Hope Distribution Food Bank and their mobile pantry program.
Melissa Carter is a Junior Photography student at JMU working to get a BFA in Studio Art and Art Education. Her work shows how the Gus Bus, through JMU’s Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services, works with the Food Bank to provide children and their families with food. She also shared statistics about hunger through her work.
Allison Church graduated from JMU in 2005 with a degree in Studio Art, and went on to receive her teaching license from Mary Baldwin College. For this show she photographed the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank pantries in Harrisonburg, as well as the Friendship House meal at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
Jennifer Esterbrook is a senior JMU student pursuing a degree in studio arts with a concentration in photography. Jennifer’s collection focuses on Our Community Place and their use of food to bring together different people into a healthy environment.
Donovan Seow is a senior Health Sciences major and Art minor. He visited the local organization, Our Community Place, in an effort to document the ill effects of hunger in Harrisonburg.
Sarah Smith is a junior photography student working towards a BFA in studio art and art education. To depict hunger in Harrisonburg, she represented the statistics surrounding poverty on canned food items and also photographed the Salvation Army’s efforts to alleviate hunger.
Allyson Newman is a senior studio art major at JMU with a concentration in Photography. She chose to depict the concept of Hunger in Harrisonburg through panoramic images of volunteers working together at the Blue Ridge area Food Bank.
Victoria Hall is a senior studio art major with a Photography concentration. She visited the Gus Bus to document their outreach in local communities and their work against hunger with local children. She also worked to document the concept of wasted food in her own home to bring awareness of personal responsibility to citizens of Harrisonburg.
For Further Information:
Corinne Diop, Professor of Art
School of Art, Design, and Art History
James Madison University