Union College art gallery hosts photos from tropical travel

LINCOLN—If you can't spend three weeks exploring tropical countries for college credit, venture into the photos of the Union College students who did.

A photograph exhibit gives a remarkable view of the 15 students and three faculty members' journey through Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras this summer, and is on display in Union College's McClelland Art Gallery from Aug. 13–Sept. 10.

"I love the fascination of seeing students discover new things, their enthusiasm and their sense of adventure," said Don Abbey, professor of biology who originated the first trip and continues to lead it. This is the fourth year of the excursion, which includes three Union College classes—Tropical Biology, Travel Writing and Travel Art. Union offers the experience alternate years.

Bruce Forbes, associate professor of art and graphic design and McClelland Art Gallery coordinator, said his purpose in arranging the exhibit was to allow participating students to share and viewers to be inspired about the world. "Not everyone can go on the Costa Rica trip, but if people can get a vision about this study tour, I think it can promote personal trips abroad."

The exhibit was coordinated by Rachel Turner, a senior graphic arts major, who was also instrumental in coordinating last year's Tuscany study tour exhibit.

The McClelland Art Gallery is in the Ortner Center on the Union College campus, 3800 S. 48th Street. Enter the campus from Prescott Avenue. The art gallery is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information on this free event, contact the Ortner Center at 402.486.2545.

An ocean viewA student holds a giant leafA waterfall