AMERICA: Photographs by Students at Santa Ana College and Southeast Missouri State University will be presented in the River Campus Expansion Gallery, with a First Friday on Feb. 2 from 5 - 7 p.m.

Students studying photography at Santa Ana College and Southeast Missouri State University respond to the prompt "Photograph what Living in America means to you. Consider your connection to friends, family, and people around you. What are some privileges you enjoy living in this country? Share some of the hardships you may face in this country. How does your location impact your culture?"

Santa Ana College is a community college in Orange County, California. There are many socioeconomic and cultural similarities with students at Southeast Missouri State University despite living in different parts of the country. Students celebrate their similarities and the things that make them unique in this exhibit.

Each year, the Holland College of Arts and Media holds the Bridges event, showcasing the talent of our students. During February, the event acts as a bridge between Black and Women's History Month. Students from the Southeast Missouri State University campus participate in creative activities, readings, and performances, raising our awareness of the value of diverse faculty and student populations. Through the department's Diversity Curriculum Initiative, we also develop department-wide art experiences within our curriculum that educate students while encouraging cross-disciplinary collaborations.

The River Campus Art Expansion building is located at 340 South Frederick Street. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. All gallery exhibitions, events, and talks are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Professor Nancy Palmeri at npalmeri@semo.edu or (573) 651-2720.