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Visual Artist Series Opens with Photographer, Activist

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Ellen Eisenman, photographer and activist, will be the first lecturer for this semester's Visual Artist Series at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh.

Eisenman will give her presentation on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 in the Cardinal Lounge, Angell College Center. The presentation is free and open to all.

During her college years, Eisenman became energized by the movement for social justice. She also learned to make art, first as a potter, then in 1967, as a photographer. She began making photos of daily life, taking pictures of people she met. She worked on photographic projects as part of her involvement with progressive organizations such as the Welfare Rights Organization (WRO) and various peace groups.

Since 1969, she has been a settlement house worker, first in Columbus, Ohio until 1985, and since then, in New York City.

"I see my art and settlement work as inextricably intertwined," said Eisenman. "Both concern themselves with the human condition: observing; having dialogue; deciding what to focus on; and acting to illustrate inequities and to help make positive social change."

The Visual Artist Series is sponsored by the Student Association and the Campus Arts Council.

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