Lycoming College communication professor receives best in show at international art fair

Lycoming College communication professor receives best in show at international art fair

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Leah Bedrosian Peterson, Lycoming College assistant professor and chair of communication, was recently awarded the first place, best in show honor at the Park Art Fair International in Geneva, Switzerland.

Peterson received the award for her work "Erasure," a collection of photographs and videos taken during her travels to South East Asia in summer 2010. Peterson documented the villages and cities of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam during a two-month period. The title, "Erasure," references the changes in the local traditional culture and the changes to the landscape as these third-world nations are being influenced by Western culture.

Park Art Fair International accepts applicants from around the world, and only 200 artists are selected to display their work at the event. The exhibits were judged by an international panel of professionals and members of significant political organizations.

"It is an honor to be recognized by one's international peers with such an award," said Peterson. "I was in complete shock when I found out. Needless to say, I'm excited that my work was considered to be the best in show."

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic rigor, a supportive faculty and successful outcomes. It offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.

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