Photography Exhibit on Display at Mount Union

September 28, 2011

Nature photography by Jim Clark will be on display in the Crandall Art Gallery on the University of Mount Union’s campus from October 3-28.
 
Clark has been a naturalist ever since his days growing up in the coalfields of southern West Virginia, and he parlayed that passion into a life-long career as a wildlife biologist. For more than 35 years, Clark has used his photography, writing, speaking and teaching to inspire and motivate others. He is the author and photographer of four books – West Virginia: The Allegheny Highlands, Mountain Memories: An Appalachian Sense of Place, Between Ocean & Bay: A Celebration of the Eastern Shore and The Adventures of Buddy the Beaver, a book that he co-authored and photographed with his son, Carson. They also just completed their second book about Buddy the Beaver entitled, Mystery of the Missing Friends. Clark also co-authored and photographed The Ultimate Guide to Digital Nature Photography and Coal Country.
 
His photography and writing has appeared in magazines such as Nature’s Best, Defenders, Wildlife Refuge, Wonderful West Virginia, Birders World, Country, Photo Media and Wild Bird. He also has taken photographs for businesses such as Nikon, Nik Software, Zeiss Optics, Fuji Film, National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy.
 
Mountain Memories was also created to catalogue and showcase Clark’s career as a nature photographer. The documentary film, which aired on PBS in August 2003, was also shown at the prestigious 2005 American Conservation Film Festival.
 
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee Tech University and a Master of Science degree from West Virginia University. In the past, Clark has taught courses at West Virginia University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and University of Alaska – Fairbanks. Clark is a former president of the North American Nature Photography Association, and from 2000-2008 he was a member of the Fujifilm Talent Team. He currently serves on the advisory board for Nature’s Best Magazine.
 
Aside from his photography being on display in the gallery, Clark also will present the Kershaw Lecture at Mount Union on Tuesday, October 11 at 10:35 a.m. in Presser Recital Hall. An artists’ reception will immediately follow.
 
The gallery is free and open to the public. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 6 p.m.
 
For more information on Clark, visit www.jimclarkphoto.com.
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