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New Hobby Yields Unusual Exhibit

Retired professor captures faces in inanimate objects

ST. LOUIS (SEPT. 23, 2015) – Picture Art Silverblatt wandering through Forest Park, walking his dog, listening to books on tape, and experimenting with a cellphone camera. Since his retirement from Webster University in May 2015, you may have spotted Silverblatt doing just that - relaxing while honing the skills of his new hobby.

By adjusting lighting, tweaking color, cropping, and using other cellphone features, Silverblatt has created images that appear to capture faces in inanimate objects. His exhibit, “Cellphone Photography,” is a collection of the images, and it is on display in the Small Wall Gallery adjacent to the May Gallery.abstract image "Asphalt Guy," by Art Silverblatt

“The root of recreation is to re-create,” Silverblatt said. With the images in “Cellphone Photography,” as with all of his endeavors, Silverblatt has found his own way to do just that.

Silverblatt’s advice to others considering a new hobby? “Have fun with it. Don’t limit yourself by thinking you can’t do it.”

Emeritus Professor Art Silverblatt will return to campus on Friday, Sept. 25 for a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please join members of the School of Communications faculty and staff in welcoming him and in celebrating his work.

The Small Wall Gallery is located on the second floor, west wing, of the Sverdrup Building at 8300 Big Bend Boulevard in Webster Groves, Mo., 63119. The gallery and the exhibit are open to the public.

About the School of Communications
The School of Communications at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Fifteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level and master’s degrees in six diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, London, Leiden, Thailand, and Ghana, as well as in Saint Louis and online.

About Webster University
With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University ( comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.