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Assistant Professor of Art Michael J. Kolster [’85] has been named the recipient of the 2008 Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty. The award was announced at the College’s Honor’s Day ceremony on May 7, 2008.

Kolster is an innovative photographer who has exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions in San Francisco, Boston and Portland. An inspiring teacher, Kolster asks students to look at the world and examine how their perceptions of it are formed. He has been seminal in bringing digital and large-format photography to the forefront of Bowdoin’s photography offerings and is a frequent collaborator with other faculty across disciplines.

“Receiving this prize is so wonderful for me personally,” said Kolster. “I am honored to be a part of such a dedicated and talented faculty, one that values excellence in teaching and believes strongly that its research fuels a vibrant classroom experience for the students. Furthermore, I love how this year’s prize affirms the role that visual arts and photography play in the intellectual life of the College.”

Kolster’s ongoing sense of discovery informs his work. His photographs illuminate a fascination for the serendipities of the physical environment, which he says is inspired, in part, by Heraclitus’s observation that one “cannot step twice into the same stream.”

He shares this philosophy to a worldwide audience through his popular Web-based photographic gallery, The Daily Post, which is a daily, ongoing photographic blog begun on March 27, 2002. To date, it contains over 2,200 images taken from the stream of Kolster’s daily wanderings.

Great stuff. Why not shamelessly steal this idea for Williams?

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