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Senior Tessa Klingensmith Hosts Gallery Opening Nov. 16 in King’s Den

BRISTOL, Tenn., Nov. 11, 2015 – King University senior Tessa Klingensmith will host a gallery opening showcasing a portion of her photography on Monday, Nov. 16 from 5-7 p.m. in the King’s Den in Maclellan Hall on King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn. The opening will include a reception, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artist.

The project Klingensmith is showcasing began during a lighting class her sophomore year. “We were allowed to pretty much choose what we wanted to do. I did a project where I photographed table top stuff with food, and I put faces on [the food]. It was one of my favorite things I have ever done. [For this gallery show], I decided to go back to it. I’m using some of my older photos, but I am also producing quite a few new ones.

“I’m calling this project “Feeling Food,” because it shows food with faces and different emotions,” adds Klingensmith. “I am really proud of this show.”

When photographing subject matter like food, there is much more attention to detail that needs to be considered. “With the images on such a small scale, you have to notice everything. Even a spot or a piece of dust can distract from the main subject.”

Klingensmith will graduate in May 2016 with a degree in Digital Media Art & Design with a concentration in Photography and a minor in English.

The “Feeling Food” gallery opening in the King’s Den is free and open to the public.


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