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Renowned Photographer Stacy Pearsall Returns to University
The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs has joined the Syracuse University Art Galleries in bringing Sgt. Stacy Pearsall and her exhibit: “Hard Earned: The Military Photographs of Stacy Pearsall” to campus this fall through Jan. 24, 2016.
Pearsall got her start as an Air Force photographer at the age of 17. During her time in the service, she traveled to over 41 countries, and attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Now combat disabled and retired from military service, Pearsall continues to work worldwide as a freelance photographer, and is an author, educator, military consultant, public speaker and founder of the Veterans Portrait Project. Learn more about Pearsall’s visit to SU in a feature article written by Jordan Robinson, Marine Corps veteran and president of the Student Veterans Organization (SVO).
In addition to exhibiting her work in the SUArt Galleries, and collaborating with students and faculty during her November visit, Pearsall is inviting current veterans and active duty service members the University and the local veteran community to meet with her and participate in her Veterans Portrait Project on the following days:
Wednesday, Nov. 4 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
(open to SU campus veterans and active duty servicemembers)
Thursday, Nov. 5 (9-11 a.m.)
(open to SU and Syracuse community veterans and active duty servicemembers)
Both sessions will take place in the Dick Clark Studio lobby in Newhouse 2.
There is no cost for those wishing to be photographed. Attire—uniform or civilian clothes—is up to the veteran or active-duty service member. Bringing a military memento or old photo always helps, and is encouraged, but it isn’t necessary.
Pearsall will provide each veteran a free high resolution file of their portrait, which they may use for private purposes. They may have them printed wherever, and however, they choose.
According to Pearsall, “The primary use is for the veteran—a gift of thanks for their service.” She adds that no portrait is used for any other purpose, including using some of the portraits taken for her Veteran Portrait Project, without the veteran’s consent.
Portrait sittings are arranged on a first come, first served basis during the established dates and time blocks. For more information, contact Nancy Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org.