Thursday, September 23, 2010

PC Dedicates Allen A. Dutton Center for Photography

Phoenix College had an excellent turnout on the evening of September 17, 2010 for two special events related to photography. The family, friends, colleagues, and former students of Allen A. Dutton, Professor Emeritus and founder of the Phoenix College Photography Program, gathered at the Fine Arts building to dedicate the new Allen A. Dutton Center for Photography and mark the establishment of the endowed Allen A. Dutton Photography Scholarship.

Immediately following the dedication ceremony, Mr. Dutton and the Phoenix College Golden Bears Retiree Group, in partnership with the PC Library and Art departments, presented Celebrating Photography at Phoenix College: Retrospective View at Fannin Library. The collection of photographs, exhibited as part of the college’s 90th anniversary celebration, is historically significant, dating back at least five decades when Mr. Dutton began acquiring pieces to build the collection by notable photographers like Ansel Adams, Olivia Parker, Edward Weston, and Minor White. Approximately half of the more than 200 pieces exhibited were personally chosen by Mr. Dutton. Guests had the opportunity to tour the display and attend a brief reception, with the first 25 guests receiving a commemorative PC 90th anniversary lapel pin.

The special exhibition will remain in Fannin Library until the end of the Fall 2010 semester, and is available for viewing free-of-charge during regular library hours.

Many thanks to Frank Luna, Barbara Stratton, Dale Doubleday, Jennifer Laffoon, and all those whose excellent contributions created a memorable evening for Mr. Dutton and our guests.

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