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EAC instructor exhibits photography at Safeway

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EAC instructor exhibits photography at Safeway

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—The photography of Eastern Arizona College’s graphic design instructor Tom Cicchelli will be on display in an art show at the Starbucks inside Safeway in Thatcher. The show, which will be comprised of twenty full-color images that Cicchelli captured while teaching and traveling in India, will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2009, and will be on display for a month.

Cicchelli himself will be at the exhibit at its opening to answer questions about his work and experiences. “The photographs I will be exhibiting were taken over a two-month period and represent my experiences and insights into Tibetan Buddhist and Indian Hindu cultures,” says Cicchelli.

“In 2004 the Art Institute of Portland awarded me sabbatical leave to teach and travel in India,” he explains. “At the time I was studying Tibetan Buddhism with Geshe Kalsang Damdul, director of the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, in McLeod Gange, India, near Dharamsala, home to the Dali Lama and Tibetan government in exile.”

While in India, Cicchelli taught, mentored students and faculty, and designed a website for The College of Higher Tibetan Studies. He was also able to travel and visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the ancient city of Varanasi, Khajuraho—famous for its erotic sculptures—as well as the palaces of Orcha, India and the temples of Kathmandu, Nepal.

For more information about this exhibit or EAC’s Graphic Design program and photography classes, contact Cicchelli at (928) 428-8470.