Photo exhibit opens at W.H. Over Museum

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.

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