October 30, 2015 at 10:45am

Blue Connection exhibit part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Blue Connection

Blue Connection, Millikin University's student-run retail art gallery, will showcase the photography of Pamela Houser on Friday, Nov. 6, from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The After 5 Live exhibit, entitled "Someone's Family," is part of Millikin's contribution to National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, from Nov. 14 through Nov. 22. The event is free and open to the public.

During a visit to New York City, Pamela Houser was walking around the city and found a homeless man sleeping on a rock; she took his picture. Soon afterwards, Houser began observing homeless people and created an exhibit devoted to bringing attention to homelessness.

Houser's exhibit will display 46 black and white images of documentary photos.

"On recent travels I have met some wonderful people who agreed to collaborate with my homeless project as a way to help create social awareness," said Houser. "Their lives are depicted through the use of black and white photography. Candid, or photojournalist photos, catch them in their struggle trying to find the most basic necessities."

Currently, Houser is a senior in the BFA program at Santa Fe University of Art and Design where she was awarded the Creative Artist Award.

Throughout the Blue Connection exhibit, Houser will give half of her proceeds towards local homeless shelters. For more information on Pamela Houser, visit pamhouserphotography.com.

In addition to the exhibit, Millikin University will host its annual Box City event on Friday, Nov. 13. As part of Box City, Behavioral Sciences students spend the evening outside in cardboard boxes on the Miller Quad to simulate an accurate perspective on homelessness.  

The documentary "Home Stretch" will be shown on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Avon Theater in Decatur, Ill., beginning at 7 p.m. The screening is sponsored by the Macon County Continuum of Care through Dove, Inc.

Blue Connection, located at 117 N. Water St. in Decatur, strives to highlight fine art students that are a rising success in their fields and provide a public venue for Millikin students to sell and showcase their artwork.

Focused on arts and specialty businesses, Blue Connection is used by students in Millikin's Arts and Entrepreneurship Program to grow their businesses. Millikin's Arts and Entrepreneurship Program provides performance-based business opportunities for students to exercise self-employment. The program utilizes student-run ventures to provide students live practice in developing, launching, and growing a business.

For more information on Millikin University's Blue Connection, visit millikin.edu/blueconnection or contact the gallery at 217.428.0112.

Click here to view an article from the Herald & Review about the After 5 Live event.