BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University presents an exhibition of photos, “Blaine Cooper: Images From a Local Soldier in Vietnam," that will run from July 25 to Oct. 11 at The Gallery at Greenly Center, 50 East Main Street, Bloomsburg. There will be a reception on July 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and is open to the public. It will begin at 6 p.m. with a complimentary food and beverage reception.
Cooper will then be part of a speakers’ panel from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cooper will share 32 of his photos and some “behind the lens” experiences while serving in Vietnam. He will be accompanied by additional military veterans of Bloomsburg University.
David Fazzino, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology at Bloomsburg University, will be the master of ceremony. Fazzino has been working with Cooper for three months, recording and documenting information.
Scott Roper, director of The Gallery at Greenly Center and Haas Campus Gallery, initiated efforts to showcase the photos.
“I thought showcasing the exhibit in the community would be beneficial for the university, the Town of Bloomsburg and several counties, including Columbia, Montour and Luzerne,” said Roper. “I am so excited to be part of this exhibit and to be able to honor our local military.”
BU's Department of Art and Art History, the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, the Institute for Culture and Society, Office of Military and Veterans Resources are sponsoring the event. BU is the educational destination for more than 400 military students and has earned the title of Military Friendly School, Silver Level Award from Victory Media, publisher of GI Jobs magazine.
For more information regarding the event, contact BU’s Supervisor of the Office of Military and Veterans Resources, Bob Heckrote, 570-389-4696 or the office’s graduate assistant Briann Halpin, gavets@email@example.com, 570-389-3858.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.