Photography exhibits debut on campus

Three photography exhibits are making their debut at different locations on campus this semester beginning this month. For daytime parking information, visit NAU Guest Parking.

“Shrouded Histories, New Narratives: Photography by Ben Montague” at the NAU Art Museum

LocationNAU Art Museum
Exhibit hours: Noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, through Oct. 15
Opening reception: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15

The new fine art photography exhibit, which will be on display through Oct. 15, underscores the tension between
discipline and chaos. Montague’s photographs are in three distinct series: Constructs, Insects and MilitainmentHe employs an old fashioned type of print photography technique, but uses it in a very non-traditional way—capturing images from video games and magnified images of insects and their parts. Complimentary parking is available on north campus in lots P3, P4 (ADA), P8 and on Knoles Drive during NAU Art Museum opening receptions. 

Eric O’Connell’s Ground Zero Photography Exhibit honoring 9/11 at NAU’s Riles Gallery

LocationNAU’s Riles Gallery, building 15
Exhibit hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, through December
Opening reception: 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8

Fifteen years ago on Sept. 11, photojournalist Eric O’Connell was living in Manhattan when reports of a plane hitting the World Trade Center inspired him to grab his camera and run toward the scene. He began capturing images of the tragedy unfolding around him when the second plane struck. When the south tower collapsed, he was partially buried in chalky rubble. O’Connell’s “duty to photojournalism” kept him photographing. Now an assistant professor of photography and photojournalism at Northern Arizona University, he is exhibiting 16 Ground Zero black and white images in the Eric O’Connell 9/11 Photography Exhibit. O’Connell, who still suffers post traumatic stress from his experience, hopes his intense images help young people understand what it was like that day and the impact it continues to have on the world. Images from the exhibit appeared in New York galleries honoring 9/11, in The New York Times in 2002, and can be found in his book, A New Reality, a first-person account of 9/11. For information about the artist, go to or

“In pursuit of light, color and gesture” by Tom Brownold at High Country Conference Center

Location: High Country Conference Center
Exhibit hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Oct. 31
Opening reception: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13

Tom Brownold is an award-winning assignment photographer specializing in the magnificent landscapes and nature of the American West for advertising and editorial content. His work has been published in the pages of Arizona Highways, Backpacker, Geographical Magazine, Natures Best, Outside Magazine, Runners World, American Archeology, Skiing Magazine and Western Horseman, and appears in corporate and private collections, books and calendars.