BVU Alumnus and New York City Photographer to Visit Alma Mater

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Andre D. Wagner

STORM LAKE, IA (02/26/2018) (readMedia)-- Buena Vista University (BVU) alumnus and New York City photographer Andre D. Wagner is set to visit campus to discuss his work and process of using the street as an open studio. The event will take place on Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Art Gallery located in the Social Sciences & Art Hall on the BVU campus.

"It's nice to come back to where it all started – where a lot of my growth happened – and reflect on those memories," said Wagner. "I'm looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and meeting new students, and I am hoping to inspire them through my story."

Wagner, who lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y., graduated from BVU in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in social work. His photography explores and chronicles the poetic and lyrical nuances of daily life by using city streets, people, public transportation, and the youth of the 21st century as his visual language. Wagner is also a frequent contributor to the New York Times.

"Even though I didn't study art in college, I now have a career in photography that's heavily influenced by my social work studies," said Wagner.

BVU purchased five of Wagner's original prints and will have them on display in the Art Gallery on the date of the event. More of Wagner's work can be viewed at

The event, which is part of the University's Academic and Cultural Events Series (ACES), is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, contact Cookie Baker at 712.749.2218 or

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