Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

December 13, 2005

Whitworth Art Exhibit to Feature Works by Photographer Marek Zaranski

"Daydreams," an exhibit by photographer Marek Zaranski, will be on display Jan. 3-24 in the Koehler Gallery, located in Room 203 of the Fine Arts Building at Whitworth College. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. The gallery will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

An opening reception will be held Friday, Jan. 6, from 5-7 p.m. in the Koehler Gallery. Zaranski will present a lecture in the gallery at 7 p.m., at the conclusion of the reception. For more information, please call (509) 777-3258. The exhibit is sponsored by Whitworth College and the Floyd and Shirley Daniel Photography Fund.

In his newest work, Zaranski has taken a unique approach to the photographic medium; his large images feature vibrant color and cibachrome printing, a technique that allows the artist to print directly from color transparency film without the need of an internegative. He creates photographic abstractions without digital manipulation.

"The photographs are purely formal, a bit like abstract expressionism or color-field painting, but they retain enough of their source content to add a layer of mystery and intrigue," says Whitworth Associate Professor of Art Scott Kolbo. "We are extremely pleased to be the first gallery to exhibit Marek's latest images and to expose our students to a new experimental approach to photography."

Zaranski, a Spokane resident, immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1987. He is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, in New York, where he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in photography. He has worked locally and nationally as a freelance photographer in advertising and photojournalism. In 1995 and 1997 he received Awards of Excellence in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists. Zaranski was an instructor at the Spokane Art School; he is currently a photography instructor at Whitworth and Gonzaga University.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Scott Kolbo, associate professor of art, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4711 or skolbo@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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