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Date: September 22, 2008
Media Contacts: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022

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New Montgomery College Photography Exhibit Pays Tribute to Students
“Portraits of Life: Student Experiences” on Display Oct. 15–Nov. 28

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More than 20 Montgomery College students from around the world are the subjects of a new photography exhibit, “Portraits of Life: Student Experiences,” on display October 15 through November 28 at the The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. The opening reception is Wednesday, October 15 from 6:30–8:30 p.m.

“Portraits of Life” is a tribute, in pictures and words, to Montgomery College students’ resilience, transformation, and inspiration. It is the second “Portraits of Life” photography exhibit at the College. The first, “Portraits of Life: Holocaust Survivors of Montgomery County,” was produced by the Paul Peck Humanities Institute in 2004–2005 and has exhibited in venues across Maryland.

“Portraits of Life: Student Experiences” is designed to highlight and increase awareness of the humanitarian issues and conditions suffered by people throughout the world told by Montgomery College students.
“The ‘Portraits of Life: Student Experiences’ project has been life changing for those of us involved in its making,” said David Phillips, director of the Arts Institute and associate dean for the arts at Montgomery College. “The stories in this exhibition are representative of hundreds of untold stories in our student body that includes people from nearly 170 countries.”

Produced by the Montgomery College Arts Institute in cooperation with the Paul Peck Humanities Institute, the exhibit was funded by grants from the Carl M. Freeman Foundation and the Montgomery College Foundation.

The annex gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. It is located on the ground floor of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center on the west side of the College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. Visitors should park in the East Campus Parking Garage on Fenton Street and take the pedestrian bridge and path to the arts center. For maps of campus, visit
For more information about the exhibit, call 240-567-1368 or visit

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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