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The Lycoming College Art Department will host photographer Tulu Bayar's "Playground Series" in the College's art gallery in Snowden Library Jan. 19-Feb. 19. A free, public reception and artist talk will be held Jan. 19 from 4-5:30 p.m.
Bayar's exhibit explores the human fascination with recording instances of people and places in some of the world's most visited environments. The artist travelled to major tourist attractions across the globe to capture images of people taking pictures.
"My intention," says Bayar, "is to reveal how human interaction with the cameras, places and others while shooting in public places can become both a public and a private act."
Turkish-born Bayar earned a bachelor's in communication from the University of Ankara and moved to the U.S. in 1997, earning an M.F.A in photography from the University of Cincinnati.
Bayar has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues in the U.S. and Europe, and has received artist-in-residency grants and fellowship which include the William Sackett Fellowship from Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Camac Centre d'art artist-in-residency grant funded by Tenot Foundation in France, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock artist-in-residency grant funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation. Bayar is an associate professor of art and art history at Bucknell University.
Bayar's work, including selections from "Playground Series," can be viewed at www.tulubayar.com.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.