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Rollins Hosts Opening Reception for Rollins-UCF Collaborative Workshop The Photograph as Language

April 28, 2009

Media contact:  Ann Marie Varga • avarga@rollins.edu • 407-399-3255

Winter Park, Fla. (April 28, 2009)— On Thursday, April 30, Rollins College will host an opening reception for The Photograph as Language, an art exhibition showcasing photographs from a collaborative workshop with Rollins and University of Central Florida (UCF) students and stroke survivors.

The exhibition features photographs from stroke survivors attending the UCF Communication Disorders Clinic and the Rollins’ photography students who worked with them.  Throughout the spring semester, Rollins’ Assistant Professor of Art Dawn Roe and Rollins students worked alongside the clients, who suffer from the acquired language disorder aphasia, in an effort to facilitate communication through the use of photographic image. 

In collaboration with UCF’s Communication Disorders Clinic and under the direction of Clinical Instructor Janet Whiteside, Rollins’ psychology students and communication sciences and disorder students from UCF worked with the stroke survivors to help them communicate their intent. The students taught clients how to remember specific events, language and life stories through photography.  The stroke survivors were given cameras and encouraged to express themselves by taking photos of what was important to them.  These photos will be displayed at the exhibit opening, and the survivors will be in attendance to share their thoughts about the photos. 

The Photograph as Language:

Opening reception: Thursday, April 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Rollins College Cornell Campus Center Darden Lounge.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Exhibition: April 30 – May 11


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