Exhibit documents Centralia’s landscape

For Immediate Release:  Oct. 7, 2013

BLOOMSBURG—Centralia, an area virtually uninhabited for decades, will be put on display by photographer Garrett Hansen in Bloomsburg University’s Haas Gallery. The series will be featured from Oct. 23 to Nov. 22, with an artist reception on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., including an artist lecture at 1 p.m.

While the coal fire that began in 1962 in Centralia burns still, the surrounding borough has been all but abandoned. In the “Centralia Series,” Hansen documents the transformation of the landscape through natural growth and regeneration. It also reveals the effect humans have had on the landscape through negligence and indifference.

Hansen earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. He has taught in Maine, Indiana and Pennsylvania and abroad in China, Cambodia and Indonesia. His work is featured in private collections in the Kinsey Institute, the Cleveland Museum of Art and in Japan.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.