FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Date: April 2, 2002

   Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

“Garden of Faces” exhibit celebrates diversity and variety of beliefs

SPRINGFIELD – “Garden of Faces,” an audio-visual exhibition combining a soundtrack with black-and-white portraits, will be on display Monday, April 15, through Friday, April 19, at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The exhibit will run from 5 to 9 p.m. each day in the Great Room of Lincoln Residence Hall on the UIS campus. An opening reception is planned for 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 15. Both the reception and the display are free and open to the public.

The exhibit presents portraits of UIS students taken by various photographers. The accompanying soundtrack offers the sitters’ responses to life’s most essential questions, such as what it means to be happy.

Exhibit organizer Yulia Kriskovets said that the goal behind the project was to raise awareness of the diversity to be found on the UIS campus, as well as to show the variety of human beliefs. “Discovering the inner world of the models was a truly rewarding experience for the project participants,” she added. “What began as an experiment became a very exciting experience for me. I thought photography would be the major part of the project; however, people’s answers to my questions – when they shared their ideas – proved to be even more rewarding than the photographic part.”

The project was funded by UIS’ Diversity Task Force. For more information, contact Kriskovets at (217) 206-6550 or