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Tampa’s Photographer Laureate To Exhibit Portfolio

By August 13, 2008

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An exhibition displaying the portfolio of Tampa’s fifth Photographer Laureate will open to the public on Monday, Aug. 25, at the American Institute of Architects Gallery, 200 North Tampa St., Suite 100.

The suite of images, shot by Connecticut photographer Marion Belanger, will be on exhibit through late fall at the gallery.

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’s biography describes her as an artist “interested in the concepts of persistence and change and the way that boundaries demarcate difference, particularly in regards to the land.” As Tampa’s Photographer Laureate, Belanger photographed real estate transformation within the city, focusing on the metamorphosis of the old, the building of the new and spaces that resist transition.

The purpose of Tampa’s Photographer Laureate Program is to contract an artist annually to photograph and respond to life in the city. Over time, the program hopes to build and maintain a public collection made up of images representative of the life and times of Tampa by local, national and international artists.

The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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