One of the photographs in the University Avenue Project, taken by Wing Young Huie.
Since May, a six-mile stretch of University Avenue in Saint Paul has been transformed into an urban gallery. Empty car dealerships, libraries, a CVS pharmacy and Vietnamese restaurants have all lent their windows to the cause, displaying more than 400 black and white or color images of people and scenes from the neighborhood.
The University Avenue Project, created by photographer Wing Young Huie and presented Public Art St. Paul, continues for another two months, featuring evening projections of the photographs set to soundtracks created by local musicians.
Now, it’s possible to take a piece of the exhibition home with you. In an attempt to balance the budget of the University Avenue Project before it closes on Halloween, Public Art St. Paul is offering images for sale.
People can peruse photographs this Sunday at the Macalester College Alumni House on Summit Avenue from 11am to 7pm. Wing Young Huie will be on hand to answer questions. It’s also possible to order the photos online from the University Avenue Project website.
In addition, the project is taking on a life of its own beyond University Avenue. St. Catherine University will be hosting nightly projections of Huie’s images September 9 – 30. Huie says he’s thinking about hot to disseminate the University Avenue Project and others like it, possibly as mini-traveling exhibits that are affordable for K-12 schools and libraries, accompanied by educational curricula.