Photo exhibit opens at W.H. Over Museum The W.H. Over State Museum in Vermillion is pleased to present an exhibit of photography by Tom Dempster entitled Faces of Culture: Images of the Middle East between Sept. 5 and Oct. 7 in Sletwold Hall. The exhibit illustrates the bonds of humanity connecting Americans with Arabs.
Dempster, a financial advisor and vice president at Meryl Lynch in Sioux Falls, is an experienced free-lamce photographer and writer. The artist traveled to Syria and Lebanon in April 2001 on a tour organized by former U.S. Senator Jim Abourezk.
The result was an exhibition of over 30 large-scale photographs that present "Middle Easterners as they are � flesh and blood, male and female, young and old, in open-air markets and schools and churches." Dempster sees his works as contributing in some small way to a cultural healing process in post-Sept. 11 America.
W.H. Over Museum is open to the public free of charge weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. There will be a public reception for the exhibition and a gallery talk by Dempster on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.
in Sletwold Hall.
For additional information, contact Dorothy Nuehaus, director, W.H. Over State Museum, 414 Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069, 605-677-5228 or e-mail whover@usd. edu.