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BNP “Under the Sea Exhibit”  Features Photographs from University of Miami Underwater Contest

Photo by: Evan D’Alessandro

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — (March 8, 2012) — The University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, in collaboration with Biscayne National Park (BNP), will present an exhibition entitled ‘Under the Sea’ at Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery from March 9 - June 3, 2012. A “Nearly Full Moon” opening reception will be held on Friday, March 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center located at 9700 SW 328 Street, nine miles east of Homestead, Fla.

The display will include 24 color photographs of wildlife that live in the Park’s waters. The photos were selected from winners of the annual underwater photography contest sponsored by the Rosenstiel School over the last seven years. Many of the images were taken by UM students and faculty as part of, or incidental to, their research. In that spirit, one of the photographers and UM researcher, Dr. Evan D’Alessandro, will speak during the opening reception on the “Intersection of Science and Art.” One of D’Alessandro’s stunning photos was selected as the signature piece for the show, and features a graysby (a type of grouper) with its mouth wide open and facing the camera. The image can be previewed at http://www.nps.gov/bisc/planyourvisit/the-dante-fascell-visitor-center-gallery.htm

‘Under the Sea’ is part of a continuing effort by the park to blur the line between science and art. “The 1871 scientific expedition to Yellowstone included in its ranks painter Thomas Moran and photographer William Henry Jackson,” said Park Ranger Gary Bremen. “Their work helped inspire Congress to establish Yellowstone as the world’s first national park. Painters, photographers and other artists carry on that tradition today at national parks across the country, including here at Biscayne.”

This event is part of the park’s Community Artists Program, launched in 1997 as an outlet for the works of both established and emerging artists who are inspired by the beauty of BNP. The program is made possible by the South Florida National Parks Trust through the generosity of Sedano’s Supermarkets and the Miami-Dade County Division of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Additional support for this show comes from the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science’s Office of Advancement.

For more about the UM/RSMAS Underwater Photography Contest, including how to enter the 2012 competition, visit http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/news-events/press-releases/2012/univ-of-miami-2012-underwater-photo-contest-announced. The deadline for this year’s contest is March 25.

For more details about the exhibit, visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/bisc or contact park ranger Gary Bremen at 305-230-1144, x007. For regular updates from the park, “like” us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BiscayneNPS , or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/BiscayneNPS.

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The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.rsmas.miami.edu.

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