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Photography of Schlink on display in View Finder

the view from inside Milner Library, looking out into the ISU Quad

The work of Illinois State University Senior Photographer Lyndsie Schlink will be on display in a new show.

Titled View Finder, the show is a collection of photographs offering a unique look at the people and places of Central Illinois, and will be on display at the Joe McCauley Gallery at Heartland Community College from February 12 through May 4. An artist reception will be from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, at the gallery.

View Finder presents a selection of Schlink’s photographs, dated from 2012 to present, that reflect her background in fine arts and photojournalism. In landscapes and portraits, she captures and composes closely viewed to distant perspectives, using both studio and ambient light, with minimal post-production image editing.

Shot during her career as senior photographer at Illinois State University, each photograph is Untitled, with exact dates and accompanying descriptions that provide chronological, biographical, and directional context to viewers.

While Schlink’s ISU work is widely published in digital formats as magazine covers, brochures, and other print publications, this exhibition represents the first time this work has been printed solely as photographs on display in a gallery setting.

After the close of the McCauley Gallery show, View Finder will be displayed in Milner Library at Illinois State University.

Schlink’s passion for art began in her youth, then continued through college courses and photojournalism for the student newspaper, The Vidette at Illinois State University. Following work for the Decatur Herald & Review (2005–2007), and The Pantagraph (2004–2005), she became Illinois State’s senior photographer in 2007, and was the recipient of the University’s Civil Service Distinguished Service Award in 2015. Additionally, she is a concert photographer for Cumulus Media, 2015 to present.

Her photography has received numerous awards from the University Photographers’ Association of America and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

She holds an associate’s degree from Heartland Community College, and a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State.

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