University of Portland
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University of Portland hosts “Seeds of Harmony” photography show by Jeff Kennel, Feb. 11-March 7 in Buckley Center Art Gallery

University of Portland will host a photography exhibit by local videographer and photographer Jeffrey Kennel titled “Seeds of Harmony” from Feb. 11 through March 7.  The exhibit will be in the Buckley Center Art Gallery on the University campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. An artist’s reception will take place on Friday, Feb. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public,

The exhibit features portraits of gardeners who live near the University and run a community garden in New Columbia, one of Portland’s largest public housing projects. The garden, called Seeds of Harmony, is the epitome of diversity, with people from all walks of life taking part in its care and cultivation.

“There are at least 14 nationalities represented,” explains Kennel, “and you are as likely to hear Oromo or Chuj spoken in the garden as you are English. My intention is to introduce viewers to these amazing people and to encourage them to hear their stories and share their own, and maybe to take a trip to the garden to see for themselves.”

More information can be found at

Kennel works in the University’s marketing and communications office as a videographer and photojournalist and is a former resident of New Columbia. See more of Kennel’s work at

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information contact the performing and fine arts department at (503) 943-7228 or

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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