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University of Rio Grande welcomes Huntington Artist

Rio Grande — The University of Rio Grande’s School of Fine Arts is bringing art and science together for its upcoming exhibition through “Expansion” and “Superfund Sites,” by photographer Danny Kaufmann.

Kaufmann is a native of the Florida Gulf Coast area and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Florida State University. While completing the degree, he began taking photographs as a hobby. He said this “hobby” became more serious and he decided to pursue an academic track related to art and photography. He then went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in studio art at Florida State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in studio art from the University of New Mexico.

Kaufmann is now an associate professor of photography at Marshall University and lives in Huntington. Kauffman has been working at Marshall for six years and said he loves being able to teach others what he has learned.

“I think for anyone in education, it’s great having the opportunity to pass on the knowledge you learned through your schooling and in the field and being able to pass it on to students,” Kaufmann said.

Several area and national artists have displayed their work for Rio Grande and the community at the university’s Esther Allen Greer Museum over the past 26 years. Greer Museum director and professor of art, Jim Allen said the exhibits often include a workshop taught by the featured artist. Allen said these workshops are open to students of all majors as well as members of the surrounding communities.

Kaufmann will teach a workshop Thursday, Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m. The Greer Museum gallery is open from 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.