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Platinum Visions

July 01, 2014

The photography exhibit "Platinum Visions" by Northampton Community College (NCC) Director of Art Programs Thomas Shillea will open at the Allentown Art Museum on July 2 and run through September 28. Thomas Shillea

According to the Allentown Art Museum's website, "the photographs capture a full range of human feeling, from the poetic and spiritual to the dramatic and sensual. What is most striking is his consistency of vision:  in portraits of ordinary people, studio nudes, drag queens, or celebrities, including Sissy Spacek and Coretta Scott King." The photographs are printed using a rare nineteenth-century platinum process called Platinotype.

On Wednesday, July 2, at noon, Shillea will lead a gallery tour of the exhibition. On Sunday, September 14, at 1 p.m., he will give a formal lecture titled "Photography as Fine Art:  The History of the Platinum Print."

Shillea is a graduate of Kutztown University and holds a master of fine arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. His work has been acquired for the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of African American History and Culture (Smithsonian), Baltimore Museum of Art and Lehigh University.

Shillea's photographs are represented by the Santa Bannon Fine Art Gallery in Bethlehem.

View a selection of photos from the exhibit in this Flickr album.

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