NORMAN, OKLA. (September 19, 2011) – “Alec Soth is an internationally recognized editorial and fine art photographer,” says Todd Stewart, Associate Professor of Photography. “His visit to the University [of Oklahoma] is a unique opportunity to hear this accomplished artist speak about his work, his travels and his passion for photography.” The University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History present a free, public lecture by Alec Soth at 7p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 6, in the auditorium of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, followed by a reception in the School of Art & Art History lobby. The artist also plans to review student work and visit with photography classes at the OU School of Art & Art History. Emphasizing the importance of Soth’s visit and the impact he hopes it has on students, Stewart says, “The School believes it is important that students acknowledge the critical, cultural and art historical context in which their work is both created and received. Exposure to the thought and ideas that motivate contemporary artists is an essential part of this understanding.” According to the artist’s website: Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. In 2008, a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work was exhibited at Jeu de Paume in Paris and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. In 2010, the Walker Art produced a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work entitled From Here To There. Alec Soth’s first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, was published by Steidl in 2004 to critical acclaim. Since then Soth has published NIAGARA (2006), Fashion Magazine (2007) Dog Days, Bogotá (2007) The Last Days of W (2008), Broken Manual (2010). In 2008, Soth started his own publishing company, Little Brown Mushroom. Soth is represented by Sean Kelly in New York, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, and is a member of Magnum Photos. For more information on the artist please visit http://alecsoth.com/photography/. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is located at 555 Elm Ave. in the OU Arts District. For hours and more information please visit www.ou.edu/fjjma or call 405.325.3272. For more information on the University of Oklahoma School of Art & Art History please visit www.art.ou.edu. For Special accommodations call 405.325.2691 or email art@ou.edu. ### Holly Jones Public Relations Coordinator Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts University of Oklahoma (405) 325-6673 hollyjones@ou.edu