A large crowd turned out to view the work of Cowley College photography and writing students during the “Life: Through Word and Lens” event May 5 in the Brown Center’s Earle N. Wright Community Room.

Cowley writers from journal writing/storytelling, fiction writing, and focused seminar presented writing portfolios and final projects for those graduating this month.

Creative writing students participating were Cassie Anderson, Lilia Bowman-Bekemeyer, Daltin Brock, Austin Crowe, Tim Hardman, Nancy Lartey, Christina Leithoff, Tori Mann, Sabrina Masters, Lucia Morales, Katie Rethmeier and Maren Zimmerman.

Some of the students presented their works for those attending the event.

“We have a wonderful group of writers this year,” said Humanities Department chair Marlys Cervantes. “I couldn’t be more proud of their growth as writers and the individual works they’ve completed.”

Photographers who had their works displayed were Sarah Bryant, Sam Crowl, Amelia Doyle, Mitch Hoover, Kayla Powell, Kayla Schenck, Arlen Wilson and Maren Zimmerman.

Each student was tasked with selecting eight to 10 images he or she took this semester; providing a business card, flyer or leave-behind; and creating art tags for each piece.

They selected the theme “Adventure Awaits,” which was reflected in the table decorations.

The images were for sale and will remain on display through the end of finals week.

“This year, we tried a few new things, like a standardized info tag and creating a brand,” said director of journalism and photography Meg Smith.

“The photo gallery is an excellent display of more than just the talented students who attend Cowley; it has the added element of community members and professionals who want to take the class to hone their skills.”

This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.