George Henry plans exhibit of nature and scenery photography

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2010-04-23 11:13:05 - General

Famed Cedar Rapids and Coe photographer George Henry will present an exhibition entitled "Collection of Nature and Scenery" in the Marvin Cone and Eaton-Buchan Galleries of Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus. An opening reception will take place in the Sinclair lobby on Friday, May 7, from 5 - 7 p.m. Both the reception and the exhibitions are free and open to the public, with gallery hours from 3 - 5 p.m. May 8-9, 13-16, and 20-23.

The color photographs - including flowers, landscapes and animals - have been taken around the world throughout Henry's 60-year career. He has been working to collect the photos to exhibit for two years, and says 90 percent of them have never been seen before by the general public.

Henry is the author of "Coe College - A Sesquicentennial Look Through 50 Years of George Henry Photography." In addition, he published "Cedar Rapids, Iowa" with the History Center in 2001, as well as "Cedar Rapids" by George T. Henry and Mark W. Hunter in 2003 and "Cedar Rapids: Downtown and Beyond" by George T. Henry and Mark W. Hunter in 2005.

About George Henry
A 1949 graduate of Coe, Henry entered Coe College in 1941, and interrupted his studies to serve as a B-24 pilot during World War II. Working as a professional photographer for decades, Henry has taken photos of hundreds of Cedar Rapids individuals, organizations and events.

In 1956, he began a 40-year career as a boatman for the Hatch River Expeditions during summers on the Green, Yampa and Colorado Rivers. This afforded him opportunities to develop a stunning photo collection of the river landscape, as well as famous river travelers such as Ethel and Robert Kennedy, Andy Williams, Art Buchwald and John Glenn. In 1998, Coe conferred an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree on Henry at its annual commencement ceremony.

Henry's photos have earned many awards and been exhibited in numerous one-man shows. Today, they hang in private homes and galleries including the Cedar Rapids Museum of Arts. The George T. Henry Archives in Coe's Stewart Memorial Library were dedicated in October 1999.

For more information on the exhibit, call 399-8581.