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Exhibition of Tampa’s Fifth Photographer Laureate Opens
August 13, 2008 - The City of Tampa’s fifth Photographer Laureate portfolio will be unveiled at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Gallery beginning Monday, August 25, 2008. The suite of images, shot by Connecticut photographer Marion Belanger, will be on exhibit through late fall at Gallery AIA, located at 200 North Tampa Street, Suite 100. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and admission is free.

Marion Belanger was selected from a national call to artists by a panel of jurors. She focused her portfolio on Spaces in Transition: the transformation of the old, the building of the new and spaces that resist transition. The photographer is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a John Anson Kittredge Award, an American Scandinavian Fellowship, and two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowships. Belanger earned her MFA from the Yale University School of Art and her BFA from the College of Art & Design at Alfred University.

The purpose of the Photographer Laureate Program is to commission an artist each year to photograph and respond to life in the City of Tampa. The program is inspired by historic photographic projects including the Farm Workers Administration, the National Endowment for the Arts, and regional Photographic Archives. The program’s long-range vision is to build a public collection comprised of images that are representative of the life and times in Tampa, by regional, national and international photographers.

For additional information please contact City of Tampa Art Programs Manager Robin Nigh at (813) 274-8531, via e-mail at robin.nigh@tampagov.net or visit www.tampagov.net/arts.

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