CCC to host 'Dispassionate Landscapes' exhibit

A potash mine landscape is featured as part of the "Dispassionate Landscapes" exhibit that will be showing at Coconino Community College's Lone Tree Campus  between Oct. 21, 2015, and April 1, 2016. 

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- The photograph shows sandstone mesas playing with shadows under a blue sky. A river cuts rusty rock through time.
The scene cradles a human thought of beauty only the Southwest can deliver.
And then the tailing ponds from the potash mine come into view.
Coconino Community College will host the exhibit, "Dispassionate Landscapes" by Flagstaff photographer Michael Collier and author Rose Houk from Oct. 21 to April 1 at the Lone Tree Campus. The exhibit kicks off Oct. 21 with two separate receptions at noon and 6 p.m.
How could The United States be filled with so much beauty and at the same time exhibit so much change at the hand of humans? With the wide availability of energy-rich minerals, other important natural resources and a high number of endemic plant species, the question is particularly relevant to the Southwest. Throughout the history of the United States, citizens have held and expressed a range of conflicting values on how nature's bounty should be used to benefit human society. The discussion is directly related to the philosophical and aesthetic values that pertain to wilderness.
Collier has created a new forum by which we as a community can exchange ideas of how humans use natural resources and the impacts of the industrial economy on the ecology of the landscape. His 40-year journey of photographing the continent, noticing the footprint of industry with mines, dams and wind generators along the way, clearly demonstrates the complex and sometimes conflicting faces of industry and the environment.
The exhibit is meant to provoke discussion.
"At times, the discussion becomes too abstract, too polarized," Collier said. "And we risk losing sight of both industry and the landscape on which it resides. Maybe it's time to look at what really exists."
The photographs in "Dispassionate Landscapes" make no judgment: Right or wrong, good or bad. Viewers can weigh the merits of starkly differing values and draw their own conclusions.
The noon reception at the V. Philip Tullar Commons at CCC will feature a panel of students who will share their thoughts and experiences and invite others to join the conversation over refreshments. The 6 p.m. reception will also feature the student discussion, followed by comments from Collier and Houk.
"Dispassionate Landscapes"
Photographs by Michael Collier, writings by Rose Houk
Oct. 21 - April 1, Coconino Community College, 2800 S. Lone Tree Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86005
Student panel discussion and reception, noon and 6 p.m., Oct. 21
For more information, contact Bryan Bates at (928) 226-4273, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Alan Petersen at (928) 226-4322, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Coconino Community College
Student success is the heart and purpose of Coconino Community College. CCC provides affordable tuition and a wide variety of certificates and degrees including career/technical programs with more than 60 certificate programs and two-year associate degrees in various fields including nursing, fire science, law enforcement and business.

Since 1991, CCC has served residents across 18,000 square miles of Coconino County. CCC has helped create the region's skilled workforce, which is improving overall health, safety and the economy in the region. Today, CCC serves more than 10,000 students per year with two campuses in Flagstaff.

CCC reaches out to the more rural portions of the County including Williams, the Grand Canyon/Tusayan, Page/Lake Powell, Fredonia, Tuba City and other remote areas on the Navajo, Hopi and Supai Tribal Lands. Instructional sites offer classes through online, in-person and Interactive Television classes to meet the needs of students in these rural and remote areas. Nearly 25 percent of CCC's students are Native American learners. 

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Wednesday, 7th October 2015

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