Artist of the Month

Gallery Hall
September 2019
Elizabeth Galecke

 

Elizabeth Galecke

I started my study of photography in high school with my first class in black and white photography and darkroom in 1988. I always loved working with people and thought I would eventually go into child psychology. But after starting college in Austin, TX, I decided to pursue photography so that I could combine working with people and my need for a creative outlet. While in college, I founded "The Children's Vision" in coordination with Austin Area Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation. The program used photography and journal writing to help children and their families cope with life challenging illnesses by guiding them through various feelings while encouraging them to express their hopes, wishes, fears, and anger. The children were given a special journal and Polaroid camera. Volunteers worked one on one with these young cancer patients, photographing them in black and white to document their challenges. I held a position as Director of this program for four years, raising funds, obtaining grants, training volunteers and preparing exhibitions of photographs and journals to inform the public. I also volunteered my time during the four years to work with the children that went through the program...more