Photographer Jason Huntzinger to Open Exhibit Season at New Gallery East

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USU Eastern Press Release

Price/Helper artist Jason Huntzinger will be the first artist to exhibit at the newly-constructed Gallery East in Price with a collection of photographs and photo composites entitled Within the Teeth of Geologic Time. The exhibit runs from September 7 through October 2.

Huntzinger has a long-standing interest in the manmade landscape of the old west and the tenuous nature of its existence. He is particularly interested in these artifacts within the context of geological time in this area, where the rawness of the land is so visible. He has recently made Helper, Utah his home and has picked up on these themes for this exhibit, which will consist largely of photographs made within the past year, many in and around his new town of Helper.

“Jason’s enthusiasm for the history and landscape of Carbon County shows through in his photographs,” said gallery director Noel Carmack. “His images of historic Helper and local subjects reveal a distinctly personal and responsive vision of this region, which I am sure visitors will appreciate”

Huntzinger is originally from Duluth, Minn. He graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a BFA in Studio Art and established his artistic vision in the icy, industrial town of Duluth. His photo work for the indie band Low, a string of Arrowhead Regional McKnight Artist Grants and some well-received shows in offbeat venues helped him gain confidence and exposure for his work.

Huntzinger has had several solo exhibitions in Duluth, Minn. He has also exhibited work in Minneapolis, Seattle and Portland. This will be his first solo exhibition in Utah. In addition to enthusiasm for photographic local subjects, he currently serves as a curatorial assistant at the Western Mining & Railroad Museum in Helper. He recently accepted a part-time position as adjunct instructor at USU Eastern and will be teaching Introduction to Photography this fall.

An opening reception and gallery talk for the exhibit is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. in USU Eastern’s Gallery East, located in the newly-built Central Instruction Building (CIB) on campus.

The new gallery hours will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is closed on weekends and holidays. Attendance to the gallery is free and open to the public.

Any questions about the exhibit should be directed to Noel Carmack at (435) 613-5241 or by email at noel.carmack@usu.edu.

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