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State museum to show student photography

Eyes on LaFollette, the small town documentary project undertaken by advanced photojournalism students each year, celebrated its 20th anniversary this spring. However, the celebration isn’t over just yet.

The Tennessee State Museum announced it will host an exhibit featuring photographs from the project October through December 2014 in Nashville. Photojournalism professor Rob Heller will help curate the exhibition.

“It’s not often that students get to display their work in front of such a large audience,” he says. “We are trying to reach the entire state.”

Eyes of LaFollette will also receive recognition in the winter issue of Alumnus magazine, University of Tennessee’s alumni publication.

“I’ll put our photo students up against any program,” says Heller. “When we can consistently do strong documentary work for 20 years, I think it says a lot about our program.”

Heller looks forward to what the future holds for the project, including a possible publication of the work.