Kirsten Lundgreen is an advocate for self-acceptance, strength and the beauty found in the human heart.
She champions those causes through photography, and an exhibition of her work -- titled The Scar Anthology -- is on display through Sept. 28 in the art center at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland.
The exhibit is a collection of portraits of people of all ages who have suffered various traumas in their lives that left behind permanent scars.
"Though all the photographs show people's physical scars, everyone has emotional scars that are not only past events but enduring realities," Lundgreen said. "Our scars embody our past and our triumphs. One of (my) subjects said it best -- 'We are not victims; we are survivors.' "
Lundgreen, 23, of Kennewick, earned a bachelor of fine arts in photography degree from Brigham Young University Idaho. Her inspiration for The Scar Anthology came about as a final project before her college graduation.
As the project developed, she saw a greater potential emerge as she met scarred people from Washington, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Oregon and California, she said.
"I was profoundly touched by these people whose bodies knew how to heal the physical wound, but had to learn how emotionally heal."
The art center is in the Consolidated Information Center at WSU Tri-Cities, 2710 Crimson Way, which is off George Washington Way.
There is no admission fee. Gallery hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Next to each portrait, Lundgreen includes the person's story behind the scar and how they deal with it.
* Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org