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(PAINESVILLE, OHIO) - The B.K. Smith Gallery at Lake Erie College will open the 2006/2007 exhibition season with a free reception and the unveiling of Here and Elsewhere, an exhibition that explores various directions, intersections and a concern for "place" on Saturday, August 26 from 7-10 p.m.

Curated by artist and Youngstown State University instructor Mark Keffer, Here and Elsewhere is comprised of a group of 10 artists, assembled by Keffer, whose work addresses the complexities of "place". This subject, "possesses many connotative meanings and, as a result, the exhibition will present varying points of view, while bypassing overly literal depictions of place," says Keffer.

Artists in Here and Elsewhere include: Kelli Connell (Youngstown), Michael Dickas (Cleveland), Leeza Doreian (Brooklyn, NY), Michelle Droll (Cleveland), Emily Jacir (Ramallah/New York, NY), Mark Keffer (Cleveland), Matthew Kolodziej (Akron), Gudrun Kristjansdottir (Reykjavík, Iceland), Paul Sobota (Cleveland) and Susan Umbenhour (Oberlin). These artists explore the theme using a variety of media and conceptual approaches.

Here and Elsewhere will remain on view through Saturday, October 14. The B.K. Smith Gallery is located on the east side of Lake Erie College on Gillett Street near Phillips Osborne School. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon-5 p.m.

Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education offering 26 undergraduate majors and master's degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls more than 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students. For more information, visit us on the web at

Artist statements and bios, as well as high-resolution images are available upon request. For more information on the exhibition, contact Lyz Bly, Director of the B.K. Smith Gallery, at 216.521.8582 or 216.469.8014 or via email at


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