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An Exhibition of Paintings and Photography by
Megan Karande and Eliot Gee

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts presents an exhibition of photographs by Eliot Gee and paintings by Megan Karande, both seniors in the program, on March 25 through 31 in the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the gallery.   Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Gee is an anthropology major, writing his senior thesis on education in rural China. His installation “Determined Work Achievements” includes over 60 photographs taken during his time spent in the rural Hunan province of China. Taken on 35 mm film and presented as an arrangement of black and white digital prints, the images document the city of Jishou and the surrounding region. Gee notes it is a site of both personal and academic significance.

“Jishou can be simultaneously viewed as both a reminder of ‘backwater’ rural China and a site of development and change,” explains Gee. “While selecting images that could construct a feeling of life in the small city, I reflected on my evolving relationship with the place over the last two years. The final installation shares a sense of Jishou and the life of the students there, informed by both an outsider-insider position as a foreign teacher and my studies in anthropology.”

After graduation Gee plans to return to Jishou to teach.

Karande’s paintings are large-scale, measuring four feet by six feet and explore portraiture and memory.    She uses acrylic paint on acetate, a thin transparent film, and paints on both sides, creating a dimensional quality to the work.

“I see my paintings, which I work on from photographs, as case studies of a person,” she notes. “My junior project focused on my grandfather. This series for my senior project focuses on my mother.”

Karande’s exhibition is entitled, “I Don’t Have the Words,” emphasizing the power of a visual medium to express what words cannot about the people who are the subjects of her work.

In addition to pursuing a certificate in the Program in Visual Arts, Karande is majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.


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Link to photo:
Photo caption 1:  Photograph of the town of Jishou in the rural Hunan province of China by Eliot Gee, part of his exhibition of black and white photographs to be shown as part of his senior thesis project, "Determined Work Achievements."
Photo credit 1: Photo by Eliot Gee
Photo caption 2:  Detail from a painting by Megan Karande, part of a series of large-scale portraits on acetate to be featured in her senior thesis exhibition, “I Don’t Have the Words.”
Photo credit 2: Photo by Megan Karande

Event Information

Opening reception:
Thursday, March 28th
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Exhibit runs:
March 25 - 29, 2013

10 AM - 4:30 PM

Lucas Gallery
Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street
Princeton University

Free and open to the public




Photograph of a rural Chinese community by Eliot Gee, part of his exhibition of black and white photographs to be exhibited as part of his senior thesis project.

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