Miguel Gandert, Distinguished Professor in Communication & Journalism and director of Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media presents, "A Face of the Community," a public talk on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the UNM Art Museum main gallery. The event, an installment of the Distinguished Speaker Series, is free and open to the public.

Gandert will discuss the importance of the portrait in his work especially in its relationship to telling stories and examining different communities. He will also discuss the large format Polaroid images and use of color as compared to his better known black-and -white images with both large format and 35mm film cameras.

Gandert earned a master's in photography from UNM in 1983. He started teaching at UNM not long after graduation. He has been a research associate with the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, associate director of Documentary Projects at the Center for Regional Studies and been affiliated with UNM departments of American Studies, Chicano Studies, Art and Art History, Media Arts, Architecture, Anthropology and the Latin American and Iberian Institute.

The Distinguished Speaker Series is sponsored by the UNM Art Museum in cooperation with the Department of Art & Art History.

Please visit UNM Art Museum for more information or call 505-277-4001.

Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales (505) 277-5920; e-mail: cgonzal@unm.edu