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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Syracuse Symposium exhibition explores identity within unique Syracuse space

"Last Transfer" features photography by English professor Bob Gates

Oct. 14, 2011, by Kelly Rodoski

An exploration of identity within a unique part of the Syracuse community is the subject of “Last Transfer: Identity and Liminality,” an exhibition by Bob Gates, photographer and professor emeritus of English in SU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

The exhibition is part of the 2011 Syracuse Symposium™, presented by the SU Humanities Center for SU’s College of Arts and Sciences and for the entire Syracuse community. “Identity” is the theme of this year’s symposium. The exhibition is co-sponsored by Media Finishings. More information is available by calling (315) 443-7192 and by visiting

Gates’ work will be on display in the Panasci Lounge in the Schine Student Center from Saturday, Oct. 15-Monday, Nov. 14, and the exhibition “Last Transfer: Identity and Liminality,” is free and open to the public. Gates will deliver an artist’s lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in Gifford Auditorium in Huntington Beard Crouse Hall. A reception will follow.

Additionally, images from the exhibition will be part of an Urban Video Project special presentation, on view at the Everson Museum of Art Oct. 17-19 from dusk until 11 p.m. Gates calls the project “a collaborative urban portrait” of the people who inhabit a unique and vibrant urban space in the heart of Syracuse, which is soon to disappear—the bus transfer stations at the corner of Fayette and Salina streets. The project began with a simple question of identity—who are these people?

As part of the project, work from this series has been installed in Connective Corridor buses.

Gates is a nationally recognized photographer whose work has been featured in dozens of publications, including National Geographic Traveler, Outdoor Photographer and Popular Photography. Since 2006, his photography has been the subject of more than 20 exhibitions throughout the Northeast, garnering him numerous honors and awards, including third place in the nature category of Photo Life magazine’s international competition.