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Released: 03/02/1998

<p> Louisiana State University at Alexandria is pleased to announce an artist reception for Robert J. Willis of Jacksonville, Florida in the University Gallery. The reception, to be held Friday, March 13, 1998 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., is in conjunction with the opening of his pinhole photography exhibit titled "Grand Daughters." His works will be on display in the Gallery from March 6 until April 15, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. </p><p> According to Willis, the Chinese used a form of pinhole, the Camera Obscura, four hundred years before the birth of Christ. There is evidence that long before the camera obscura appeared, nudes were being drawn and painted. "When you think of it," Willis said, "the pinhole and the nude are both simple, yet complex and beautiful. I have tried to bring these two forms of art together." </p><p> In 1996, Willis was introduced to the "zone plate" by renowned pinhole photographer, Eric Renner, and incorporates this technique into his work also. The zone plate is affixed over the pinhole and acts as a round prism, bending the light toward the center. Not only did this technique change his photography, it also affected his way of seeing. </p><p> "This exhibit, &acute;Grand Daughters,&acute; is a result of some of my experiments with what I believe is a wonderful form of art and personal expression," said Willis. </p><p> Willis&acute; work is part of the permanent collection at the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art and also the Florida Community College of Jacksonville. He has served as an instructor of photography in black and white, and vision and composition at the Jacksonville Art Museum and Jacksonville University. Willis has served as the artist-in-residence at Vermont Studios Center on two occasions and has conducted various seminars, workshops and related courses. </p><p> For more information on the exhibit, contact Roy deVille, gallery director at 473-6449. </p>