Photography Faculty Display Work in Office of the Chancellor

Instructors Peter Latner and Darrell Tangen represented in rotating exhibit.

Peter Latner, an instructor in the Photography program at Dakota County Technical College, received a thank you letter from Chancellor James H. McCormick of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system for loaning photographs to the 2007 Office of the Chancellor Art Exhibit at Wells Fargo Place in St. Paul.

Peter Latner

Peter Latner

Latner’s photographs, which include the gelatin silver prints Farm and Ethanol Plant, Morris, Minnesota; Kansas; and Near Jamestown, North Dakota, were installed for public viewing as part of a rotating exhibit of system faculty and student artwork that changes every academic year.

A seasoned documentary photographer, Latner frequently chooses subjects that reflect human aspiration. “It may not always be pretty,” he said, “but that doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful.”

“I was honored to have my work exhibited at the Office of the Chancellor,” Latner added. “The 2008 exhibit will feature photographs fromDarrell Tangen, another instructor in our Photography department.”

Tangen loaned two photos to the 2008 exhibit, Grand Marais July Moonrise andRimmed in Red Rose. Fascinated by photography since elementary school, Tangen was also honored to have his work on display.

Darrell Tangen

Darrell Tangen

“With the click of the shutter, I have always tried to envision the world around me,” Tangen said. “When the image I have in my mind appears in the viewfinder, I become part of the scene. And each time I look at the images I have created, I revisit those feelings of wonder.”

Other artists in the 2008 exhibit are Ashley Beaudoin and Sherry Lee Short, Minnesota State University Moorhead; Aaron Bommarito and Michelle Windey, St. Paul College; Tom Grier, Winona State University; Dan Mason, North Hennepin Community College; Sheryl McRoberts, Normandale Community College; and Robert A. Williams, South Central College.

Martin Springborg, a faculty development coordinator at the system’s Center for Teacher and Learning, is the curator for the new art display project.

Each year Springborg calls for entries from the faculty and students of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Contestants can enter up to 10 works of art. Springborg and his staff select works from the pool of entries for the annual display.

“The exhibit was enjoyed by the staff daily and appreciated by numerous office guests during that period,” Chancellor McCormick wrote in his letter to Peter Latner. “Please know how proud we are of all who have used pen, brush, or a creative eye to realize their artistic ability.”