Exhibit of photos captures Elgin life in 1,440 hours
FROM STAFF REPORTS September 16, 2013 10:04AM
Updated: October 18, 2013 6:08AM
ELGIN — Following a new format, Judson University will host this year’s Elgin 1440 photography exhibition in the Draewell Gallery, in the Harm A. Weber Academic Center on Judson’s main campus (1151 N. State St., Elgin).
A reception for the exhibit will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, in the gallery. The public is welcome to attend.
The exhibition began as a contest for Elgin-area residents “meant to capture life in Elgin within a one-day period,” according to the Web page for the City of Elgin. But to be eligible for this year’s exhibit, contestants were required to submit a photo taken between June 6 and Aug. 4, 2013, allowing 1,440 hours for them to capture the perfect shot.
This is a significant change from guidelines in previous years, which allowed only a single day (1,440 minutes) for participant to take their photos.
In keeping with this year’s theme, “Timeless Elgin: Preserving the Past, Celebrating the Present, Defining the Future,” contestants were asked to photograph Elgin’s old homes, new construction, city celebrations, community festivals and more in an effort to capture the spirit of the city.
The 1440 exhibit has been sponsored by the City of Elgin and the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission for the last eight years. This is the third consecutive year that Judson’s Draewell Gallery has hosted the exhibition.
“Each year the quality of the photography has improved and the exhibit has become an event that the community eagerly anticipates,” Judson spokeswoman May Dulabaum said. “Although the theme of the exhibit changes annually, along with the shoot dates, the photographers are asked to explore the City of Elgin through the camera’s lens.”
The exhibit will be hosted in Judson’s Draewell Gallery from Monday, Sept. 23 through Friday, Oct. 4.
Judson University is a fully accredited, private Christian university of the liberal arts, sciences and professions. Among more than 50 majors and minors that the university offers, the Judson Department of Art and Design offers degree programs in fine art, general art, and visual communications with emphases in graphic design and photography.