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  • Date: May 6, 2005
    Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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    Montgomery College to Extend Run of Photography Exhibit About Local Holocaust Survivors
    “Portraits of Life” at Rockville Campus on Display through June 20

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    Due to popular demand, Montgomery College is extending the run of its photography exhibit, “Portraits of Life,” which pays tribute to Holocaust survivors who live in and around Montgomery County, Md.  “Portraits of Life” will remain on display through June 20, at the College’s Communication Arts Technologies (CAT) Gallery on the Rockville Campus.

    More than 30 Holocaust survivors have been photographed for “Portraits of Life,” creating a lasting legacy of their lives and their stories of survival.  The historic value of the College's preservation effort is especially relevant given the recent death of one of the featured Holocaust survivors, Peter Masters. 

    Montgomery College Professors Jon Goell and Brian Jones served as project leaders and chief photographers of the exhibit, photographing and interviewing local Holocaust survivors in their homes.  The professors were assisted by Montgomery College adjunct faculty member Rollin Fraser, students, and former students, who acted as photo assistants, interviewers, and photographers.  Jane Knaus, the College’s creative services director, designed the exhibit and coordinated its production.

    “While we remember those who died in the Holocaust, we also celebrate the lives of those who survived,” remarked Judy Gaines, director of the College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute, which organized and sponsored the exhibit. “We are especially proud to recognize the Holocaust survivors who moved in and around Montgomery County. They are your neighbors—fellow community members. You pass them in the grocery store or at the post office—never would you imagine the unspeakable horror they endured.”

    The “Portraits of Life” photography exhibit is located at the CAT Gallery, which is located on the first floor of Montgomery College’s Technology Center in Room 104, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.  Gallery hours are Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–10 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 

    After the exhibit completes its run at Montgomery College, “Portraits of Life” will travel to other venues in the area, including Montgomery County’s Executive Office Building this fall. 

    The Holocaust Commemoration is free and open to the public.  It is a joint program sponsored by the College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute, the Communication Arts Technologies Department, and the Arts Institute, and funded in part by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.    

    For more information about the “Portraits of Life” exhibit, contact Montgomery College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute at 301-251-7417.  

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    Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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