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This page provides a summary of recent articles that mention the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), its exhibitions, or SITES staff and/or collaborators. Adobe Acrobat is required for reading .pdf versions of news articles.

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Exhibitions and their accompanying news articles are list alphabetically.

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American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print

  • "Sandwiched between a store selling Jack Daniel's branded black cowboy boots and American Apparel in downtown Nashville is the 129-year-old Hatch Show Print . . ."
    (Tennessean, August 31, 2008)

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The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden (Archived Exhibition)

  • Bob Karlovits details the arrival of the exhibition at the Sen. John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, noting that artifacts from area collections offer a highly relevant perspective for PA residents. (Tribune Review, Entertainment, February 1, 2004)
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Antoin Sevruguin and the Persian Image (Archived Exhibition)

  • Step magazine examines this exhibition at the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in Del Ray Beach, FL, calling it a classic "struggle to balance [an] ancient past with approaching modernity."
    (Step: Inside Design, September/October 2003)

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Becoming American: Teenagers and Immigration, Photographs by Barbara Beirne (Archived Exhibition)

  • A review of the exhibition, which debuted at the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York.
    (New York Sun, May 4, 2007)
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  • Laura Rivera talks about Becoming American on Ellis Island, where the exhibition opened in March 2007.
    (The New York Times, April 15, 2007)
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Beyond: Visions of Planetary Landscapes (Archived Exhibition)

  • The New York Times reviews this exhibition as it appeared at the American Musuem of Natural History.
    (The New York Times, April 13, 2007)
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  • "A rarely seen and mesmerizing portrait of our solor system," says the Atlanticville.
    (Atlanticville, NJ, March 20, 2008)
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  • "Spectacular is a good way to describe these images," says Benjamin Gennochio after reviewing the exhibition at New Jersey's Monmouth Museum.
    (The New York Times, Art Review, April 20, 2008)
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Booming Out: Mohawk Ironworkers Build New York (Archived Exhibition)

  • The Oneida Indian Nation honors ironworkers at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology in New York with creative and exciting programs including rod tying contents, bolt tossing, and spud-wrench throwing.
    (The Post Standard, September 2, 2004)
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  • The exhibition travels to the California University of Pennsylvania and "provides a unique educational and cultural experience for students and residents," so says writer Chastity Capasso.
    (Herald Standard, July 9, 2007)
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The Burgess Shale: Evolution's Big Bang (Archived Exhibition)

  • An ". . .evolutionary transformation of life," writes this New York paper. This review includes fascinating details about the bizarre species found in the Burgess Shale fossil deposit. (Evening Times, Little Falls, NY, December 19, 2002)
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Caves: A Fragile Wilderness (Archived Exhibition)

  • This article explores Caves as it opens at the Springfield, MO, Wildlife Zooquarium. "Adventurers have entered these hidden chambers seeking the thrill [of] exploring an unknown world."
    (Nevada Sunday Herald, Nevada, MO, July 20, 2003)
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Close Up in Black: African American Film Posters (Archived Exhibition)

  • "These posters say things to us that their makers may never have intended or imagined," says reviewer Robert W. Butler of Close Up. "Every movie poster tells part of a much large story," he summarizes.
    (Kansas City Star, May 27, 2004)
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  • Thomas B. Harrison talks about the evolution of film and the roles African-Americans have played in film . . . "the changing face of black America offers a revealing glimpse of the nation itself."
    (Mobile Register, Arts & Leisure, July 18, 2004)
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  • Michael O'Sullivan reviews Close Up in Black at the Smithsonian's Dillion S. Ripley Center, the last stop on the exhibition's lengthy tour. O'Sullivan calls the exhibition a journey into the "history of 20th-century graphic design and popular taste." But, he suggests, "Far more compelling . . . [is] the cultural history that the show illustrates, from posters advertising the "race movies" of the first half of the century . . ."
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Corridos sin Fronteras: A New World Ballad Tradition (Archived Exhibition)

  • Reviewer Lisa Sorg writes, "Corridos are to Latino culture what rap is to inner-city Black America or Dust Bowl ballads are to rural whites: snapshots of a time and its culture. They are a reflection of a community's values: bravery, loyalty, rebellion, compassion, spirituality, and love."
    (San Antonia Current, January 1, 2003)
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Covered Bridges: Spanning the American Landscape (Archived Exhibition)

  • Associated Press reporter John Curran talks about the history of covered bridges in the United States and about the exhibition at the Montshire Museum of Science in Vermont.
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  • Covered Bridges is reviewed at the State Museum of Pennsylvania with additional details about local bridge history.
    (Northern Ohio Live, March 2006)
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The Dancer Within (Archived Exhibition)

  • Smithsonian magazine mentions this powerful exhibition and the iconic dancers featured in its many portraits.
    (Smithsonian, April 2008)
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Diana Walker: Photojournalist (Archived Exhibition)

  • Patricia Dempsey interviews the well-known photographer who recalls her experiences through four presidential administrations.
    (Washington Post Magazine, March 20, 2004)
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Documenting China: Contemporary Photography and Social Change (Archived Exhibition)

  • " . . . images by a generation of young artists who are watching an urbanized, digitized, McDonald's-ized culture lurch into being before their eyes," says writer Holland Cotter of this mesmerizing selection of contemporary Chinese images.
    (The New York Times, July 2, 2004)
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Doodles, Drafts, and Designs: Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian (Archived Exhibition)

  • Writer Michael O'Sullivan reviews this fascinating collection of hopes and dreams on paper. "One thing that Doodles makes clear is the notion that a better world, while frequently frustrated by reality, is always a possibility . . ."
    (Washington Post, December 31, 2004)
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  • Ann Morrow details the exhibition at the Rensselaer County Historical Society in Troy, NY, as curator Stacy Draper discusses the playful, surprising, and infinitely interesting
    drawings in the show.
    (Albany Times Union, November 6, 2005)
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Earth from Space

  • "Science and art merge in a stunning new Smithsonian exhibition featuring planet Earth as seen from above." CNN calls the images in this show "striking" and "unique."
    (, November 9, 2006)
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  • Education World reviews the educational content of the Earth from Space website. "This well organized site is easily navigated through
    . . . " and contains "spectacular" imagery.
    (Education World, November 9, 2006)
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  • Science writer Randolph E. Schmid talks about the variety of images in Earth from Space, including fascinating views of the Great Lakes near Michigan, the Middle East and Yemen, and more.
    (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 9, 2006)
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  • "Perspective is priceless. There's nothing like a Smithsonian exhibit on remote sensing to provide the "bigger picture," says Kristen Peterson.
    (Las Vegas Sun, July 12, 2007)
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Feast Your Eyes: The Unexpected Beauty of Vegetable Gardens (Archived Exhibition)

  • Called "remarkable," the reviewer categorizes this book about this exhibition as a first—the first time "primary literature on vegetable gardens has been synthesized." Commended as "readable and accessible."
    (Plant Science Bulletin, Autumn 2003, Volume 49, No. 3)
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First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image (Archived Exhibition)

  • A joint project between SITES and the National Museum of American History (NMAH), First Ladies is reviewed by Where Magazine:Dallas's Steve Carter. Carter touches on the highlights of the exhibition, including a few of the 150 artifacts on display. Interesting commentary provided by NMAH's curator emeritus Edith Mayo and SITES project director Lawrence Hyman.
    (Where Magazine: Dallas, November 2004)

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  • Lisa Falkenberg examines objects owned by Abigail Adams, Lucy Hayes, and Laura Bush. First Ladies "chronicles not only the changing wardrobe of America's first lady, but also her evolving role in politics."
    (The Cincinnati Post, November 22, 2004)
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  • Staff writer, Meghan Clyne reports on Hillary Clinton's experiences as the first lady and how the role, in general, has changed shape over the years.
    (The New York Sun, March 22, 2005)
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  • The New York Times captures the New York Historical Society's "Strawberry Luncheon." Nearly 380 guests were in attendance and more than $200,000 was raised.
    (The New York Times
    , Sunday Styles, March 27, 2005)
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From Sea to Shining Sea: 200 Years of Charting America's Coasts

  • El Dorado Neighborhood Library in Long Beach , CA, hosts the popular poster exhibition. "We hope this helps build a strong connection between the east side of the community and shoreline," commented organizers.
    (Gazette', May 17, 2007)
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The Graceful Envelope (Archived Exhibition)

  • Staff writer Ann Vinciguerra discusses the exhibition's premier at the Teton County Library, in Jackson Hole, WY. "To receive one of these envelopes in the mail would be a gift in its own right," says outreach supervisor Kristen Corbett.
    (Jackson Hole News and Guide, "Stepping Out, March 10, 2004)

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  • Leigh Neely talks to the exhibition coordinator at the Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Fl about the arrival of The Graceful Envelope. "The designs on the envelopes were as artistic as the calligraphy, prompting the museum to offer the program as an annual event . . ." (The Villages Daily Sun, Lifestyles, October 28, 2004)
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Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe
(Archived Exhibition)

  • Organized by SITES and the Space Telescope Science Institute, this exhibition is reviewed in detail in Indiana's The Star Press. Writer John Carlson says, "Hubble photos promise to awe Minnetrista visitors . . ." who share "the frequently muttered reaction. 'Whoa!'"
    (The Star Press, Munice, Indiana, January 21, 2005)
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In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits (Archived Exhibition)

  • "Traveling Exhibition of National Geographic Portrait Photographs at the University of Pennsylvania Museum." Laurence Liss talks about the exhibition and about the power of portrait imagery.
    (Art Matters, February 2006)

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  • Teresa Dunham reviews In Focus's "picture perfect portraits"at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia.
    (The Winchester Star, May 24, 2007)

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In Search of Giant Squid (Archived Exhibition)

  • "Giant Squid [are] too elusive to appear . . ." at the MO opening of this exhibit, but Jenny Fillner proves that that fact doesn't quell interest in the mythical beast.
    (News Leader, Springfield , MO, February 3, 2005)
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  • Written by John Jorgensen, this article talks about myths and folklore surrounding the elusive Architeuthis. Jorgensen also reviews the latest findings about the animal, who at that time, had yet to be spotted alive in its natural habitat.
    (The Hartford Courant, September 24, 2004)
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Jim Henson's Fantasic World

  • Brenda Goodman discusses the donation of well-known puppets to a museum in Atlanta. The collection will become part of a Jim Henson Wing at the institution.
    (New York Times, July 25, 2007)
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  • A conversation with Karen Falk, curator of Jim Henson's Fantastic World, talks about her life before Kermit and the stories behind the wildly popular exhibition.
    (The Pennsylvania Gazette, January/February 2008)
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July 1942: United We Stand (Archived Exhibition)

  • Lawrence Van Gelder reports on the opening of July 1942 and explains how the phrase "United We Stand" originated. It was part of a "campaign to raise spirits and elevate patriotism."
    (New York Times, Arts Briefing, July 2, 2003)
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Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits (Archived Exhibition)

  • "The Glittering A-List of Black History," says an art reviewer from The New York Times. "A Who's Who" of important figures in American politics, art, and culture.
    (The New York Times, Art Review, May 11, 2007)
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Lunch Box Memories (Archived Exhibition)

  • "It's pop art at its most utilitarian," says the reviewer of Lunch Box Memories. "During the 1950s and '60s, lunch boxes became a symbol of contented American childhood," the writer theorizes.
    (USA Weekend, March 21, 2004)
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  • This Associated Press article discusses the rise of the lunch box from its most humble days to the birth of Rambo and cartoon character lunch pales.
    (Sunday Independent, Ashland, KY, November 17, 2002)
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  • Carl Hartman writes about lunch boxes as mini icons of popular culture. The popularity of the lunch box "was a direct reflection of the emergence of mass-marketing in the postwar baby boom years." (San Francisco Chronicle, November 26, 2002)
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Latin Jazz: La combinacion perfecta (Archived Exhibition)

  • Vibe Magazine's John Murph asserts that this exhibition has "a trove of rare film footage, oral histories, indigenous instruments . . . Latin Jazz shows that the marriage of mambo to bebop has stood the test of time." (Vibe Magazine, March 2003)
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Magic, Myth, and Minerals: Chinese Jades from the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Archived Exhibition)

  • The magazine for the International Colored Gemstone Association reports on the exhibition's opening at the GIA Museum in Carlsbard, CA, providing a brief explanation of how and why these intricate sculptures were created.
    (International Colored Gemstone Association)
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A Magic Web: The Tropical Forest of Barro Colorado Island (Archived Exhibition)

  • Written by acclaimed tropical ecologist Egbert Leigh, Jr., a staff scientist with the Smithsonian's Tropical Research Institute in Barro Island, this article recalls the diversity of species in this colorful environment. "Much life here has no parallel . . ."
    (Americas Magazine, December 2003)
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More Than Words: Illustrated Letters from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art (Archived Exhibition)

  • In this age of electronic correspondence, Tresca Weinstein talks about the beauty and creativity of hand-written missives by Frida Kahlo, Norman Rockwell, and others.
    (, December 31, 2006)
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Native Words, Native Warriors

  • Opening in July 2008, the exhibition will make a stop at Salmon Ruins in Bloomington, New Mexico. "It will be a great way to honor our vets...," says curator Nancy Espinoza.
    (Farmington Daily Times, February 27, 2007)
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Our Journeys, Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement (Archived Exhibition)

  • The History Center in Fort Wayne, IN, hosts this exhibition. Deb Perry of Whatzup offers biographical narratives of individuals featured in the exhibition as well as some insights about the area's early Latino settlers.
    (Whatzup: Heartland Art, Entertainment & Recreation, Fort Wayne, IN, January 6-12, 2005)

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Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives (Archived Exhibition)

  • "Old photographs are time machines, says exhibition curator Bruce Bustard. "Looking at historic photographs helps us imagine what it was like when the first airplane took, when a landing craft ramp fell open on D-day, or when the first human being stepped on the moon." (Arizona Republic, Phoenix, AZ, March 26, 2000)
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Robert Rauschenberg, Artist-Citizen: Posters for a Better World (Archived Exhibition)

  • Writer Cassandra Cammarata chats with Diane Taylor, executive director of the Norwich Arts Council about the exhibition and its significance.
    (Norwich Bulletin, February 10, 2007)
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September 11: Bearing Witness to History (Archived Exhibition)

  • "The images are so familiar but still powerful," says writer Debbie Cafazzo. She goes on to explain how objects in this exhibition " . . . form a potent reminder of a day that changed American history."
    (The News Tribune, Tacoma, WA, January 31, 2005)
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Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers (Archived Exhibition)

  • Steve Rushin's Sports Illustrated article examines both the exhibition and its creators. Rushin interviews National Museum of American History curator Ellen Roney Hughes, revealing behind-the-scenes details that bring objects to life.
    (Sports Illustrated, June 28, 2004)
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  • This article, written by Drew Story, discusses the exhibit as it passed through the Gerald R. Ford Museum. Includes information about signature sports items that appear in the show and commentary by exhibition curator (National Museum of American History) Ellen Roney Hughes.
    (Ottawa Advance, June 21, 2005)
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  • Rob Rossi examines Sports at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. Rossi details some of the real-life artifacts that make this exhibit a must-see, including a host of objects that relate to Pennsylvania's own sports history.
    (Pittsburgh Tribune, February 27, 2005)
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381 Days: The Montgomery Bus Boycott Story (Archived Exhibition)

  • Christine Dell'amore talks with civil rights warrior Fred Gray about the revolutionary story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Gray gives a first-hand account of the quiet strength of the late Rosa Parks. (Smithsonian Magazine, December 2005)
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  • Learn about the people behind the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott with Larry Copeland's examination of the role Claudette Colvin played in changing and shaping the civil rights movement in Montgomery and the nation.
    (USA Today, November 28, 2005)
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  • Amanda Thomas recounts the history of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and talks with Smithsonian project director Marquette Folley about the importance of the event in American history.
    (The Washington Post, December 1, 2005)
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  • The Wall Street Journal reveals the lesser-known figures in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the civil rights movement including Barbara Jones and Claudette Colvin.
    (The Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2005)
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  • This article by Cathy Collison and Janis Campbell recounts the story of Rosa Parks and the other figures who spearheaded the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Special commentary by Smithsonian project director Marquette Folley provides context and additional insight. (Detroit Free Press, December 1, 2005)
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These Rare Lands (Archived Exhibition)

  • In the wake of several powerful hurricanes, many Gulf Coast State museum collections were totally destroyed, but These Rare Lands (on display in Florida) survived the storms' wrath. Beth Francis details this survival story.
    (Naples Daily News, November 3, 2005)
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Through My Father's Eyes: The Filipino American Photographs of Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado (1914-1976) (Archived Exhibition)

  • Paul Richard from the Washington Post details the exhibition when it appeared at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in 2002.
    (Washington Post
    , Arts, December 1, 2002)

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Transitions: Photographs by Robert Creamer (Archived Exhibition)

  • Art critic Glenn McNatt discusses Robert Creamer's innovative method of photographing botanical and zoological specimens in various stages of decomposition.
    (Baltimore Sun, October 25, 2006)
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  • Photographer Robert Creamer finds beauty in the most unusual places says Susan Davidson of The Washingtonian.
    (The Washington,
    January 2007)

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  • Smithsonian magazine extols the stunning quality of Robert Creamer's scanner photographs in this article about his process and artistic passion.
    (Smithsonian, May 2007)
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Vietnam: Journey of the Heart (Archived Exhibition)

  • The images in Vietnam: Journey of the Heart are "lush" and "richly colorful" according to this issue of Charlotte, NC, publication Check It Out.
    (Check It Out, Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, April 2002)

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  •'s Travel section affirms that these "Photos capture Vietnam at peace." "I was going . . .to Vietnam, go back in time to correct something I had done wrong," recalls photographer Geoffrey Clifford."
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Visionary Anatomies (Archived Exhibition)

  • "No longer relegated to your orthopedist's exam room anatomical drawings continue to inspire contemporary artists," says The Washington Post.
    (The Washington Post,
    Style section, March 17, 2005)
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  • "Art doesn't require you to be completely rational and logical," recounts exhibition curator JD Talasek. "It allows you to be personal and see how these technologies affect you."
    (The New York Times, April 19, 2005)
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  • "11 artists whose work plumbs the relationship between humans and their mortal flesh, [updated] for an age of CAT scans and MRIs . . ."
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Wondrous Cold: An Antarctic Journey (Archived Exhibition)

  • Peter Goddard relays the stories about the early exploration of the Antarctic. Joan Myers explains what it is like to shoot documentary imagery in this harsh and unforgiving landscape.
    (Toronto Star, January 14, 2006)
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