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Lycoming College communications professor Leah Bedrosian Peterson’s project Erasure has received additional honors since being published in the spring 2013 edition of the German magazine Heritage of Our World, which is distributed with National Geographic in Germany to more than 100,000 subscribers.
Out of numerous international submissions, Erasure was selected as a finalist for a print publication with Hunger Magazine and Peterson was interviewed and featured on the online publication, which can be viewed at http://www.hungertv.com/feature/leah-peterson-erasure/, said Peterson, assistant professor of digital media.
In 2010, Peterson was invited to give classes to Westerners visiting the remote mountain regions of Southeast Asia. She spent two months traveling through Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, which resulted in Erasure, a portfolio of photographs, drawings and videos documenting the culture and heritage of the villages and cities of the region. 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.
A drawing of one of her photographs also was awarded the first place, best in show honor at the Park Art Fair International 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Peterson teaches video and theory classes at Lycoming. She studied photography at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y., where she earned a BFA. She earned an MFA from Tufts University/The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass. Her work deals with issues of cultural identity and questions the role of fantasy in our daily lives. Peterson exhibits her work both nationally and internationally.
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