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Out of Nowhere, Images of Kelly Kerr

OSU alum’s photography featured in exhibit & event

February 3, 2012
Story by Matt Elliot & Karen Neurohr

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -The Oklahoma State University Library presents “Out of Nowhere: Images of Oklahoma,” an exhibit of Kelly Kerr’s life and work. The exhibit includes images from Kerr’s photography book featuring Oklahoma and its people, “Oklahoma Revisited.”

The exhibit opens 3:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, on the second floor of the Edmon Low Library, OSU-Stillwater. Michael Wallis, best-selling author, speaker and storyteller will introduce Kerr.

Kerr is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker and visual communications faculty member at OSU Institute of Technology. He will speak at the event and share stories about his work and creativity.

Born and raised in Ada, Okla., Kerr discovered his passion as an OSU student shooting for the school newspaper, The Daily O’Collegian.

Kerr graduated from the business college in 1989 and was hired at the Tulsa World in 1994. He covered breaking news, features, entertainment and sports. He was named the Oklahoma Press Association’s Photographer of the Year and twice the Associated Press Sweepstakes Award winner. For Oklahoma’s centennial the Tulsa World published a 300-page book of his work titled “Oklahoma Revisited.”

In December 2007 Kerr became a faculty member at OSU-IT teaching photography and film in the visual communications program. Kerr has received two teaching awards: the 2011 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Award and the 2010 OSU-IT Outstanding Faculty Award.

Continuing to grow as an artist, Kerr recently developed a passion for DSLR video and began a career in cinema. His work has appeared in several commercials, documentaries and two No. 1 music videos.

The OSU Library houses two oral history interviews with Kerr. The first interview focuses on his experiences as an OSU student. The second highlights his photography and creativity. Both interviews are available online at http://dc.library.okstate.edu/u?/ostate,7538.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the reception after the event. Event partners include Friends of the OSU Library, OSU Institute for Creativity and Innovation, OSU School of Media and Strategic Communications, Center for Oklahoma Studies, Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, the Tulsa World and OSU Research and Technology Transfer. This event is free and open to the public. For event questions, call 405-744-7331.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system of interdisciplinary programs that prepares students for success. OSU is America’s Brightest Orange. Through leadership and service, OSU is preparing students for a bright future and building a brighter world for all. As Oklahoma’s only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research, and outreach. OSU has more than 35,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 24,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 240,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/spring12/kerr.htm
Last Updated: 6 February 2012

Media Contact:

Bonnie Ann Cain-Wood, APR
Email: lib-pub@okstate.edu
Phone: (405) 744-7331

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