Some are overlaid with text, some are black and white. Many are self-portraits of the artist, 16-year-old Rachel Galvan, with various effects or distortions applied, meant to offer a glimpse into her struggles with mental illness.

Accompanying the images are Galvan’s artist statements about her photography journey, mental health, and healing, with affirmations for anyone who might be struggling.

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A rising junior at the Rochester Alternative Learning Center, Galvan uses photography to explore her own experiences and spread awareness about issues that are important to her.

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In addition to her images in the skyway, another project on chemical dependency is on display at ALC.

A photo from Rachel Galvan's project about mental health, currently on display in the skyway near the Hilton Doubletree. (Contributed photo / Rachel Galvan)

A photo from Rachel Galvan’s project about mental health, currently on display in the skyway near the Hilton Doubletree. (Contributed photo / Rachel Galvan)

Galvan said the goal of her work is to

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The Aiken Center for the Arts will be hosting the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at the USC Aiken’s inaugural “Through the Eyes of a Child” student photography exhibit in their Brooks Gallery, located at 122 Laurens St., July 29 thorugh Sept. 3.

“Through the Eyes of a Child” is a comprehensive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) program that provides children an opportunity to investigate and document the nature they see around them. The program aims to inspire youth to get outside more, discover their natural world and take digital photos of their discoveries using a cellphone, tablet or camera.

“Today, competition for a child’s attention is fierce, and they are spending less time outdoors than ever before,” noted John Hutchens, director of special programs at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at USC Aiken. “Many people blame this disconnect from nature on addiction to screens and gadgets. Digital

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Artist Catherine Opie, a UCLA professor of photography for 20 years, has big ideas for the university’s art department. Among them: Reduce student debt and lower economic barriers to education.

It’s a vision Opie is in a position to start realizing: UCLA has named her art department chair, it announced on Tuesday. She steps into the role Sept. 1, taking over for artist Andrea Fraser, who has led the department since January 2018.

In 2019, UCLA announced Opie as the university’s inaugural endowed chair in the art department, a position underwritten by a $2-million gift from philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick. That role is an undergraduate and graduate teaching position. The departmental chair is the lead administrative position, working with faculty and staff to develop the academic curriculum, goals and priorities of the art department.

Opie’s commitment to educational access for all students is needed “now

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Jun. 10—The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition has selected Stillwater’s Claire Dabney, a senior at Oklahoma State University, as one of two student fellowship award winners.

OVAC announced the awards earlier this week. Norman’s Jason Cytacki and Tulsa’s Skip Hill were announced as Visual Arts Fellows, while University of Oklahoma artist Dimani Barzbashi joined Dabney as a student fellow.

“The Fellowship and Student Fellowship Awards honor these artists’ achievements and offer financial support for visual artists here in Oklahoma,” says OVAC’s Executive Director, Krystle Kaye. “We are so proud of these artists and we look forward to the next chapter in their careers.”

Dabney, who is entering her final semester at OSU, works in photography, oil paint and fiber arts.

“Dabney’s photography focuses on feminist iconography, while her paintings confront social issues and mental health,” the OVAC release reads.

Her work has been featured at the Modella Gallery.

“In my

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