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Andrew Strout

Born 1949 and raised in rural Western New York, Andrew completed a BA in Photography and a BA in Sociology from SUNY at Buffalo (1976). During the interval before starting his MFA (OU, 1980) he owned and operated his own commercial photography business and was Photography Coordinator for Earl Brydges Artpark in Lewiston NY, the premier international arts program at the time. This program afforded opportunities to interact with many leading artists including sculptor George Surls, performance artists Laurie Anderson and Pat Olesko, and composer John Cage and the Jofferey Ballet Company. While in graduate school, he developed a photography curriculum for both undergraduate and graduate studies which was approved and implemented in 1980. Hired to fill this new position, he has remained dedicated to the students and their goals. His own commitment to photography evolved from preparation for an extended visit to his wife's home, a native of South India. He has continued to document India since this initial contact. His experiences during that tour provided the foundations for his chosen career. Andrew's interest in language, literature, music, theater and performance as well as the visual arts has afforded him numerous opportunities to integrate these eclectic elements together. The current exhibition is selected from these discoveries.