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Panoramic Ohio: Photographs by Thomas R. Schiff
Ohio alumnus' exhibition celebrates Ohio's bicentennial

ATHENS, Ohio -- Seventy-five color panoramic photos. Thirty-six Ohio cities. Two hundred years of statehood. Ohio University's School of Art and the College of Fine Arts Dean's Office will host "Panoramic Ohio: Photographs by Thomas R. Schiff," organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum. A selection of photographs from the exhibition, which opened on Jan. 27, is on view at Trisolini Gallery through Feb. 14. In celebration of the Ohio Bicentennial, this exhibition explores many of the unique and memorable places to be found in the cities, towns and villages of Ohio.

from Thomas Schiff's panoramic photo of a Bicentennial BarnThere will be a public reception honoring the artist on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at Trisolini Gallery. Schiff will also present two public lectures on his work at Trisolini Gallery, on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., when he will discuss his work, his vision, and his custom-manufactured Hulcherama 360 panoramic camera. The exhibition and events are free and open to all.

"Using a special camera that has the ability to photograph up to and beyond 360 degrees, Thomas R. Schiff offers views of everything from the dramatic skylines of both Cincinnati and Cleveland at night, to Earle and Jacki's Steel Trolley Diner in the heart of Lisbon. His images celebrate Ohio in a very unique way," says Dennis Kiel, associate curator of photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

The exhibition shows wonderful everyday images uniquely captured, such as the campus of Ohio University and the Mansfield town square; and special events, including the Amphicar Swim-In in Celina, a Memorial Day observance in Somerset and the Christmas light display in Clifton. The exhibition covers 36 cities in all.

"I have been tinkering with photography since childhood. After I completed my 'Panoramic Cincinnati' projects, I thought it might be nice to explore the state and capture images that bring pride to Ohioans, just in time for the bicentennial," says photographer Thomas Schiff.

A man of many talents, Schiff's passion for photography goes back to his days at Ohio University, where he was originally a photo major but switched to business administration. Although his professional life has been in the insurance business, he has been interested in photography for many years. He photographs with a Hulcherama 360 panoramic camera, which uses 2 ¼ inch-wide color film, producing a negative that is 9 inches long. The results of his panoramic work have appeared previously in three "Panoramic Cincinnati" projects, among others. His most recent photographic work has been published in the book that accompanies this exhibition, "Panoramic Ohio: The Bicentennial Collection."

"Panoramic Ohio" is organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum. The Athens venue is funded by the Ohio University School of Art and the College of Fine Arts Dean's Office and held in conjunction with the Ohio University Bicentennial Celebration.

Trisolini Gallery is located on East Union Street on the Ohio University Campus, Athens. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Media Contacts: College of Fine Director of Marketing and Communications Arts Karen Wyman, (740) 597-1489 or wymank@ohio.edu, or School of Art Assistant Exhibition Director Lori Esposito, (740) 593-0796

Editors: Thomas Schiff will be available for interviews on Thursday, Feb. 12, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Ohio University Inn, 331 Richland Avenue, Athens.

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