The Santa Monica College Emeritus College Art Gallery will present Sheila Pinkel: Photographs, an exhibit that juxtaposes images from three different subjects of Pinkel’s work, ranging from the Tongva tribe to museum guards.

The exhibit will be held at the Emeritus College Art Gallery, 1227 Second St., Santa Monica, from Thursday, Feb. 17 through March 25. An opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the gallery.

Pinkel’s exhibit will pull from three bodies of work – “Site Unseen: Museum Guards,” “Journey to Tovangar, the World of the Tongva,” and “X-Ray Photograms.”

“The juxtaposition of these three bodies of work forms a dialogue about cultural values and our relationship to nature and one another at this historic moment,” Pinkel says.

The award-winning artist, whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in Varanase, India at Benaras Hindu University, is a professor of art at Pomona College, where she has taught since 1986.

She is also an international editor of Leonardo, the publication devoted to the intersection of art, science and technology. Information on the artist, www.sheilapinkel.com.

Pinkel says her work has always been about making visible the invisible in nature and culture. She has worked in light-sensitive emulsions and technologies, has photographed in five Cambodian and Hmong refugee camps in Thailand, and done numerous documentary projects including on museum guards, tribal peoples in Pakistan, and the garment industry in Los Angeles. She has also completed several commissioned public art works, including a mural at the Sherman Oaks Library and a piece for the city of Los Angeles’ Green Meadows Park.

Among her honors are National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities grants, Mellon Grant, the Hammer Award, and Santa Monica Artist of the Year.

Emeritus College, SMC’s widely praised program founded 35 years ago, currently serves about 3,200 older adults with more than 150 classes and special programs.

Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, (310) 434-4306.

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