New show at Mercer Gallery

An example of the new exhibit now on display at GCCC’s Mercer Gallery.

Garden City Community College is presenting Robert Gerhardt’s “Muslim American/American Muslim” now through September 27 at the Mercer Gallery on campus. .

Bob Gerhardt earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and art history from the College of Holy Cross (1999) and an MFA in photography from Lesley University College of Art and Design (2007). He has been an avid photographer since his junior year in college and has enjoyed success with his work, which focuses on the sociological depth of place and people.

This is not photojournalism in an academic sense, according to a news release from the college. Gerhardt’s photographs possess the spirit of Dorothea Lange or Eugene Smith – photographers who elicit the sublime from the banal, rather than just taking pictures of an event. When we look at Gerhardt’s photography, it is as though we are looking through the heart of a person, and in the case of “Muslim American/American Muslim,” we see people, and that is what America is comprised of, after all.

Gerhardt says of his work, “I show both the beauty and sadness of the world as I see it … if the viewer comes away having seen something that has made them think or feel in an unexpected way, then my photographs have been successful.”

Gerhardt has been in numerous shows and exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally. His work has been collected privately and in museums. Gerhardt’s photographs have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Huffington Post and Newsweek.

The First Friday Reception for the show will be 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 1. An artist talk for the public will be at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 21. Artist talk for GCCC personnel and students will be at 10 a.m. on September 27.

Admission to the gallery is free.  Mercer Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment.  Please contact Brian McCallum, (620) 640-7953 or the GCCC Art Department office (620) 276 9540.