Susie Morrill

“Nichole and Bucky,” a photograph by Susie Morrill, the winner of the 2017 Carey L. and Glen S. Strome Memorial Art About Agriculture Purchase Award. Morrill will give an artist's talk about the photography exhibit, "The Bountiful Lens," Friday afternoon in Gallery 440 of Oregon State University's Strand Agriculture Hall. 

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Oregon State University's Art About Agriculture program is exhibiting a selection of photography from its permanent collection now through Dec. 8, in Gallery 440 of Strand Agriculture Hall.

A reception and gallery talk by Eugene photographer and educator Susie Morrill will be held Friday, Oct. 20, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Morrill is the most recent photographer to have her work added to the permanent collection, which now includes 50 regional photographers among its artists.

"The Bountiful Lens: Selected Photographs from the Art About Agriculture Permanent Collection" includes 17 color, black and white and alternative process photographs by photographers from Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Nebraska and New Mexico.

Oregon artists represented in the exhibit are Rich Bergeman and Harrison Branch of Corvallis; Kurt Norlin of Albany; Loren Nelson of Beaverton; Christopher Rehwalt, Mark Rupert, Susan Seubert and Alan Mevis of Portland; and Morrill, Gary Tepfer and Justin Williams of Eugene.

The exhibit was organized to coincide with the annual meeting of the Northwest Regional Conference of the Society Photographic Educators, which will be held Oct. 20-22 on the OSU campus.

The College of Agricultural Sciences established its Art About Agriculture program in 1983 to encourage regional artists to interpret themes of agriculture, food and natural resources in their work, and since then has built its collection through annual peer-reviewed acquisitions. The college's Art About Agriculture Permanent Collection is the nation's only contemporary, agrarian art collection owned and supported by a public university.

Gallery 440 is open by appointment. For more information or to arrange a time to visit, call 541-737-5534.

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