The exhibition “Reclamation: Gardens of Past Industry,” featuring photography by faculty member Steve Nelson, will open on Friday, Feb. 22, and continue through Thursday, March 14, in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center at Hope College.

Nelson will deliver an artist talk on Friday, Feb. 22, at 4:30 p.m., followed by an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The public is invited to the exhibition, artist talk and reception.  Admission is free.

The exhibition features photographs from Nelson’s sabbatical travels to abandoned industrial sites in Michigan, exploring recurring themes of ruin and rebirth.

Nelson is an associate professor of art and chairperson of the department at Hope, where he has taught since 1989.  His photographs have been exhibited widely, including in solo and group exhibitions in Chicago and New York.

He specializes in teaching photography at the college.  In January 2008, he presented the seminar “Photography: Past and Present Tense” during the college’s annual Winter Happening event.  He was one of two faculty members with work featured in an exhibition in the De Pree gallery in 2007, and the gallery featured his work in a solo exhibition in 1997.

The De Pree Art Center is located at 160 E. 12th St., on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. The regular gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Gallery hours may be reduced during breaks and holidays. The gallery is handicapped accessible.