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E-news Online January 2011

Thornton Hall Art Gallery Features Student’s Photography

Altair, a gallery-displayed photograph
Caroline Higgins

From the canals of Venice, Italy, to hot peppers at the Charlottesville City Market, Caroline Higgins (BME ’11) has an eye for capturing the beauty of her surroundings. Her photos are now on display at the U.Va. Engineering School’s Thornton Hall Gallery.

Caroline Higgins, a fourth-year biomedical engineering major and Rodman Scholar, is from Ashburn, Va., and attended Broad Run High School. She is interested in landscape and nature photography and volunteers as a photographer for Engineering School events. She is also president of the U.Va. chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and vice president of the Photography Club.

Higgins is the third artist to be featured in the Thornton Hall Gallery, which was founded in 2009.

Located on the second floor of Thornton Hall, the gallery was established to celebrate the depth and breadth of interests among Engineering students and the University community. The gallery’s first show featured four paintings by local artist and U.Va. graduate student Katelyn Sack. That show was followed by a showing of paintings and drawings by Chris Belyea (ChE ’10), then a fourth-year U.Va. chemical engineering pre-med student and Rodman Scholar.

Showings are organized by the Thornton Hall Gallery Committee, including Assistant Professor Benjamin R. Cohen, Professor George Cahen and Josie Pipkin, director of communications, who serve as curators.

Students as well as members of the University and Charlottesville communities who are interested in entry in future shows may submit electronic files of paintings and photography to Cohen at, along with a description of the work and any questions. Priority will be given to students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Art accepted for display must be framed.