Palmer Gallery to show photos by the late Kevin Michael Davis in the exhibit “Alazanto: Illuminating the Divine Within”, November 26-December 20, 2012.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- Artist and writer Kevin Michael Davis worked from 2006-2010 as a web designer for Vassar College before passing away from cancer in 2010 at the age of 28. To honor Davis’ memory, vision, creativity, and humor the college’s James W. Palmer Gallery will present a selection of his photographs in the exhibition, “Alazanto: Illuminating the Divine Within”, curated by Tamar Thibodeau, from November 26-December 20, 2012. An opening reception free and open to the public will be held in the gallery on Thursday, November 29 from 5:00-7:00pm. For exhibition hours and information call (845) 437-5370.

Davis was passionate about the arts and design from a young age and by sixteen he had already earned numerous web design awards, with more honors and publications of his work to follow. Parallel to Davis’ love of design was his love of photography. “As unique and distinctively creative as his design work, Kevin’s photography captures the truly individual way in which he viewed his world,” said curator Tamar Thibodeau, the Coordinator of Digital Imaging at Vassar. “Both of these art forms gave Kevin a means of expressing and sharing his experience, understanding, and love of everything of meaning in his brief life.”

A native Midwesterner, Davis relocated from Minneapolis, MN to work at Vassar. He was immediately taken with the Mid-Hudson Valley region, and especially fascinated by New York City, which became the subject of many of his photographs. Davis’ design work and photography can be further explored through his personal website, His website and memorial exhibition title bear his pen name.

About the James W. Palmer III Gallery

Situated between the North Atrium and the Retreat cafeteria, the James W. Palmer III Gallery is at the heart of the College Center. Constructed in 1996, the gallery was named and endowed by the Palmer family in 2000 in memory of their son James, a member of the class of 1990. Serving as an exhibition space for artwork created within and beyond the Vassar community, the gallery displays art of diverse mediums, themes, and origins.

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Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, November 28, 2012