Exhibit at ICC explores world of farming

September 17, 2013 by  

Last Thursday, September 12, Itasca Community College (ICC) in Grand Rapids held a special event to open a unique photography exhibit.

John Connelly’s selection of northern Minnesota farmer photos offer a range of views on farming in the area. No doubt the college used banner printing throughout the town to announce the opening of this very relevant exhibit to the public.

Also at the event was Lisa Marcis, a faculty member in the English department at ICC, who read from her book, ‘In the Grain’, in which she wrote poems about where she grew up on a farm in North Dakota and the farming community.

Based in northern Minnesota, Connelly is a freelance photographer whose projects focus on issues related to the environment and out-state Minnesota. This current exhibit at ICC, called ‘Homegrown’, demonstrates his effort to show images of residents of Itasca County who are growing their own food. He has graduated from the University of Minnesota and the Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Partnerships with the University of Minnesota-Extension, the Grand Rapids Area Public Library, the University of Minnesota, and several other local institutions, along with a grant from the Blandin Foundation, make such programs possible on a year to year basis. The Blandin Foundation grant expands on a program started last year at the college, wherein a book is read by students in many classes around the campus, and there are a series of events throughout the year based on that book.