Travis Tamerius, William Woods University faculty member and University chaplain, has served as director of Woods Around The World, a cultural education program that has included more than 400 William Woods travelers on trips across the world.
The “Around the World in 300 Days: A Photographic Odyssey” will present a collection of some of Tamerius’ photographic works from travels that have ventured to the seven continents of the world and to many countries, including Cuba, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and South America.
The exhibition kicks off Wednesday in the Mildred Cox Gallery at the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts in William Woods and runs through October 15.
“It’s a challenge to travel anywhere these days, so leave your passport at home and come see the world through Travis Tamerius’ lens,” said Charles Dodoo, director of Mildred M. Cox Gallery and Assistant Art Professor at William Woods. . “Travis has taken students from our university on cultural education trips to every continent in the world. His exhibition takes a grand tour of the world through a series of stunning images that together invite the viewer to deep reflection on the presence of beauty in our lives. “
Admission to the Cox Gallery is free, from noon to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Face coverings are mandatory for all those attending the exhibition inside the art gallery.
Woods Around The World began as a global studies class that ends with a week spent in the nation or culture the class is studying.
The first trip was to Peru in 2008 and has grown to include trips to all continents over the past 13 years. There have also been trips to highlight historic trips such as the 2009 trip to the southern United States to educate students about the civil rights movement and a 2010 field trip to Eastern Europe designed to deepen the knowledge. understanding of Holocaust visitors as well as five trips to be of service to a Native American reservation in South Dakota.
As part of the Woods Around The World program, students not only learn about and visit fascinating parts of the world, but they also give back to their local communities.
A service-based scholarship program called Project 123 was established in 2013 to make it easier for students to pay for travel. Under Project 123, students complete 123 hours of community service in exchange for a substantial financial stipend to participate. Created with the help of university donors, Project 123 enabled William Woods students to serve their communities by performing thousands of hours of community service, through activities such as caring for animals in shelters, cleaning rivers, serving in soup kitchens, mentoring young people, and helping people with mental and physical problems, among other activities.
For more information visit www.williamwoods.edu.