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SMCM Photo Exhibition Captures the Weather

Part of International Conference on Light and Color
May 18, 2010
Press Release #10-113


Photographers have always been inspired by the earth's relationship to the atmosphere: Storm clouds in a dark sky, the burnt orange halo around the sun, and of course eye-popping rainbows. This summer, St. Mary's College of Maryland will hold a juried exhibition June 12-Sept. 30 of more than 130 stunning photographs taken by scientists, meteorologists, and amateur photographers that capture these amazing atmospheric conditions. The exhibition, "The Atmosphere Exposed: Photographs of Halos, Mirages, Iridescent Clouds...and more," is part of the International Conference on Light and Color in Nature being held at the college June 16-20.

Sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council, The Patuxent Partnership, and Wyle, the exhibition of photographs at the college's Boyden Gallery in Montgomery Hall is free and open to the public during gallery hours; (Wednesdays 11-1:30 and Friday afternoons from 4-7 p.m. before the weekly River Concert Series until July 30) For more information, see  and

Other highlights:

  • The photo show kicks off with a lecture at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12, "Weather and Art," in Schaefer Hall, room 106, followed by a reception at 5 the Boyden Gallery. Dr. Stanley Gedzelman, professor at the City College of New York's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, describes how various artists have painted the sky, and explains the meteorological content.

  • A second presentation brings together the scientists and educators from the International Conference for a panel discussion and reception at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, at the Boyden Gallery.

  • A free and open session of the Conference occurs on Saturday, June 19, from 2-4 p.m. in Schaefer Hall, room 106, where a general audience presentation will feature rainbows, iridescent clouds, and other sky phenomena.

  • Area high school science teachers are invited to join the Conference for a luncheon beginning at noon on Saturday, June 19, to discuss using atmospheric optics in teaching physics, meteorology, and geology. There are five $100 stipends available for local-area high-school science teachers interested in attending the luncheon and the afternoon open session; to apply for one, contact SMCM professor Charles Adler,, for information.

 St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.

More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2009 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Co-ed champions.

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