Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-09-15

The Samford University Library will host an exhibit of works by Birmingham photographer George W. Ritchey Sept. 22-Nov. 21.

"America's Beauty, Birds and Buildings" features 70 photographs, many of which show Alabama scenes. The display includes both black and white and color images.

Ritchey has won many awards, including the Gadsden Museum of Fine Arts juried competition's best in show award and the Louisiana Council of the Arts 2008 fine arts juried competition people's choice award.

A longtime photographer for the Birmingham Zoo, he has provided photos for many area directories, calendars, newspapers, magazines and other publications.

His Samford exhibit will be displayed on the library's main level near the grand staircase and on the second floor reading area.

Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m.-1 a.m.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.