Maryville University opens Capturing Adventure, an exhibit of service photography


ST. LOUIS – Maryville University will celebrate its strong tradition of giving back to others in a new photo exhibit called Capturing Adventure – An Exhibit of Maryville University Service Photography. It includes images from the service work students, faculty and alumni have worked on close to home and internationally.

Visitors can view Capturing Adventure at the Morton J. May Foundation Gallery, located inside the Maryville University Library, 650 Maryville University Drive in Town and Country, Mo. The opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, with a panel discussion scheduled for 6 p.m. that evening. The exhibition runs from Oct. 1 –Oct. 27, 2012.

The photographs record Maryville’s occupational and music therapy faculty and students working in Guatemala, where they provide health care assistance and therapy, particularly with improving hand use and function. School of Health Professions Dean Chuck Gulas took photos in Haiti, where he teaches in the rehabilitation-training program at Hospital Albert Schweitzer. There are 19 technicians who have been trained in recent years to assist those in need of care and therapy.

Assistant Professor of Studio Art Scott Angus and alumna Megan Sparks, ’11, have most recently worked in the Philippines. They take specific photographs of children with cleft palates and train others on how to take these photographs, so surgeons will know how to operate and how recovery is progressing.

Others at Maryville have worked with students on clean-up after a devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo., and building needed Habitat for Humanity homes in Florida. Capturing Adventure reflects how a powerful image can increase the visibility of those in need, drawing attention to how they can be assisted and engaging more people in the call to service.

Angus, curator of the show, said, “Of the many roles we serve at Maryville, one of the most important is teaching students how to be an active participant in the world. Professors, students and staff have been to the Philippines, Guatemala, Haiti, Joplin, Mo., and Florida to photograph surgeries, to teach kids how to sing, to train people how to walk, to build houses, to provide disaster relief and to give hope to those who have none.”

Throughout October, the gallery is open from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to midnight on Sundays.

Works will be shown by the Dean of the School of Health Professions Chuck Gulas, the Director of the Music Therapy program Cynthia Briggs, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy Rebecca von der Heyde, Director of Campus Ministry and Community Service Stephen Di Salvo, Associate Dean of Students Kathy Quinn, Assistant Professor of Studio Art Scott Angus and Megan Sparks, ’11.

A photo gallery of some of the images in the show can be seen here:

About Maryville University
Maryville University, founded in 1872, is ranked in the national universities category of U.S. News & World Report. It is one of three institutions in the Greater St. Louis Area ranked in this division. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Maryville in the Top 100 Private Universities in the U.S. for Best Value.