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Photographers Exhibit at UW-RF

FEB. 25, 2004--Twin Cities photographers Terry Gydesen and Ann Marsden will exhibit their work in a show titled "Portraits of Women Changing America" March 7 through April 1 at the Chalmer Davee Library at UW-River Falls. An artists' reception is at 4:30 p.m. March 7 in the library gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Gydesen has been documenting national and local Minnesota politics since 1984. In 1988 she was commissioned to cover Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign. In addition, she documented many aspects of Sen. Paul Wellstone’s political career until his death in 2002.

Since then she has focused on campaigns that reflect Wellstone’s tradition of reaching out to people who have not traditionally been involved in politics and who work to build strong and diverse coalitions.

This exhibit features Gydesen's photographs of women in Minnesota politics, including images of Sen. Mee Moua; Sharon Sayles Belton, mayor of Minneapolis 1994-2001; and Patty Wetterling, a national spokesperson for missing children and Minnesota congressional candidate in 2004; and others.

Marsden is noted for her portraits of writers, actors, and musicians, and social advocacy work. Her commercial clients include the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Guthrie Theatre among others.

This exhibit features Marsden’s documentary photographs of women standing on opposite sides of the current political divide at the Republican Presidential Convention in New York City, August 2004.

"Portraits of Women Changing America" presents activism defined broadly. The exhibit documents both exceptional personalities whose names are familiar for public involvement in politics as well as the faces of nameless demonstrators whose presence is just as important to the political process.

For more information on the exhibit contact Barbara Werner, UW-RF women's studies coordinator, at 715/425-4895.


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