Student photographer's exhibit to benefit children in Nepal

Anukul Gurung National Geographic

The sale of framed images by award-winning Gettysburg College student photographer Anukul Gurung will support underprivileged children in his native Nepal.

An opening reception is planned Wednesday, March 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the College's Musselman Library, where the senior visual arts major's photographs will be on exhibit.

The photographs include images shot in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, where Gurung documented the lives of homeless people, including many children.

Each framed image will cost $25. All proceeds will go toward sponsoring children through the Mitrata-Nepal Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in the United States that serves underprivileged young people in Nepal. To sponsor one child's education for a year costs $300; to sponsor all of a child's needs for a year costs $800. Multiple copies of images will be available. Email Gurung for information. The exhibition is sponsored by Musselman Library and the Gettysburg College Department of Visual Arts.

"I really believe that we will make a big difference in the lives of these children in Nepal," said Gurung, who emphasizes that the project is not about his work, but about children in need: "When you purchase a photograph, you are not only paying for a child's schooling, but you are also giving him or her friends, hope and an opportunity to receive an education."

Gurung's images earned him twAnukul Gurung National Geographico honorable mentions in 2008's Lucie Awards competition, which included some 22,000 entries from 124 countries. A gallery of Gurung's photography is on the National Geographic website, whose editors featured one of his images in December (left). His work won an award of excellence at the Emerging Visions juried exhibition of undergraduate art that will run through March 28 at YorkArts in York, Pa.

In addition, drawings by Gurung are included in an exhibition of Gettysburg College student art that will continue through March 27 at the Majestic Theater.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences. With a student body of approximately 2,500, it is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

Contact: Jim Hale, online content editor

Posted: Fri, 13 Mar 2009

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