RICHLAND, Wash. – “Mind, Body and Soul: A Pure Glimpse of Tibetan Culture” will open with a reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Art Center at Washington State University Tri-Cities.
The exhibit features 25 photographs by Eric Kruszewski, a Richland resident who travels the world.
Strikingly intimate, some photos offer a quiet peek at village life while others convey the challenges of a religious pilgrim. More than half are black and white, emphasizing the stark contrast with modern Western culture.
Kruszewski earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech University. He is a self-taught freelance photographer who is attracting international interest. He was the National Geographic Expeditions Photography Contest 2009 Grand Prize Winner for a photo taken in India.
The Art Center is inside the Consolidated Information Center, Room 102 across from the library entrance, at 2770 Crimson Way, Richland. The Art Center’s regular hours are noon-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Admission is free to the public.
The photographs are on display through Oct. 27 as part of the Liberal Arts 2011-12 Series of Events.
About the photographer:
33 years old, 30+ countries, 20+ pieces of equipment, 3 languages, 2 duffle bags, 0 days of formal photography education – those stats do not matter to Eric Kruszewski. The passion for connecting with another individual and telling a story is paramount and trumps any number.
His travels alone to multiple countries in 2008 uncovered and drew forth Kruszewski’s desire to become a photographer. With an open mind, a pure heart and a camera, he seeks cultures, societies and, most important, people who feel they might not have a “voice.”
In 2011, he sometimes feels the majority of people in the developed world are too rushed to look at a photograph. Yet this does not deter him from photographing. His utmost appreciation of the art first comes from listening to a story.
See more of his photos at
About the Art Center:
For more information, including the call for entries for future exhibits, go to  or contact Douglas Gast, associate professor in fine arts and director of the WSU Tri-Cities Art Center, at 509-372-7185 or
About WSU Tri-Cities:
WSU Tri-Cities is located along the Columbia River in Richland, Wash. Established in 1989 with upper division and graduate programs, WSU Tri-Cities offers 18 bachelor’s, 10 master’s and six doctoral degrees. Learn more at
Eric Kruszewski, photographer, 443-388-2441,
Media contact:
Douglas Gast, WSU Tri-Cities, 509-372-7185,