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'f.stop': Blue Connection After 5 Live event features Millikin photographers

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[April 03, 2014]  DECATUR Blue Connection Fine Arts Gallery, 117 N. Water St. in Decatur, will host "f.stop: a gallery of photos," an After 5 Live event scheduled for Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Photographs and prints will be on display during the event, as well as student-run microventures from Millikin's Center for Entrepreneurship.

The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

The April exhibit will feature some of the best photography work from Millikin University students, faculty and alumni.

Thomas Byler, a junior entrepreneurship major from Mount Zion, was selected as one of the featured artists for April. While most students on campus know him for his portrait work or headshots of theater and music students, he is pleased with the opportunity to display his landscape photography.

"Blue Connection is helping me market more of my landscape work, and I am really excited to see my artwork side by side with other artists trying to sell their work as well," Byler said.

Nick Burge, a senior graphic design major and also from Mount Zion, is one of 18 students involved in the business success of Blue Connection Fine Arts Gallery this semester. Burge is excited about the "f.stop" event that will showcase strictly photographers.

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"We will be showcasing different kinds of prints, techniques and a wide variety of subject matter," said Burge. "Anyone that walks through Blue Connection will be amazed by the moments the photographers were able to capture."

Millikin's Arts & Entrepreneurship program provides performance-based business opportunities for students to exercise self-employment. The program utilizes student-run ventures to provide students live practice in developing, launching and growing a business.

For further information on Millikin University's Blue Connection, visit or contact the gallery at 217-428-0112.

[Text from file received from Millikin University]

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