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The contrast of the beauty of nature and the presence of the oil and gas industry in the Texas Gulf Coast focus of photography exhibit at the Lied Arts Gallery

Aug 21, 2021
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The juxtaposition of the natural beauty of the Texas Gulf Coast, and the business of offshore oil drilling, is the focus of a photography exhibit at the Creighton University Lied Art Gallery Sept. 7 - Oct. 8.

A reception with the artist, Amanda Breitbach, will be held Thursday, Oct. 7, 11a.m.-1 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. Masks are strongly encouraged.

The photographs in Oil and Water, are part of her ongoing project examining the Texas Gulf Coast, which is home to thousands of species of birds, fish, reptiles, and mammals. Wildlife refuges and sanctuaries dot the shoreline and the inland waters and wetlands. These areas support not only coastal species but also migrating birds. At the same time, the horizon is polluted with offshore oil drilling platforms, the landscape crowded with refineries, export terminals, and other infrastructure connected to the petrochemical industry.

“I have been struck by the dual nature of the Gulf Coast since the first time I saw it,” said Breitbach. “It is an important ecosystem that provides vital habitat for wildlife and simultaneously a site of oil and gas development that is equally vital to the global petrochemical industry.”

Breitbach is a photographer whose research focuses on relationships between people and land. She teaches photography as an Assistant Professor of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

She grew up on a family farm and ranch in eastern Montana and served as an agroforestry volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in West Africa for two years. Breitbach has worked as a newspaper photographer/reporter and a freelance writer and photographer.

She earned bachelor’s degrees in photography and French from Montana State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. The Gallery is located in Creighton’s Lied Education Center for the Arts located on the corner of 24th and Cass Streets.