Wanted: Works for Bates’ ‘Starstruck’ exhibit

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LEWISTON — The Bates College Museum of Art is seeking high-quality submissions for its 2012 exhibition “Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography.”

Though emphasizing images by four invited artists, the exhibition will also feature images submitted by photographers whose work conforms to a juried format with a high standard of excellence and a focus on the print.

The core of the exhibition will be photographs by Robert Gendler, an American physician; David Malin, a British-Australian astronomer; and German photographers Thomas Ruff and Hans-Christian Schink.

“The starry night sky has inspired humankind since prehistoric times,” said Anthony Shostak, lead curator of the exhibition. “A glimpse of the stars in a dark sky provokes an immediate emotional response, resulting in cultural impacts from ancient creation myths to current cinema.  ‘Starstruck’ focuses on how photographers respond to this sense of wonder.”

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“Starstruck” will be on view from June 8 through Dec. 15, 2012, at the museum in the Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St. For more information, visit bates.edu/museum.xml.

Artists interested in submitting work can find the submission guidelines at starstruck.bates.edu.

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