ROCK ISLAND, IL (01/21/2010)(readMedia)-- The artistic and musical talents of Augustana students will be the focus of the third annual Augustana Sights and Sounds at Bucktown Center for the Arts (225 E. 2nd St., Davenport) on Friday, January 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. The free event will feature distinctive student photography from both Augustana and Quad-City area high school students and a raffle fundraiser for the Fistula Foundation.

Augustana Photo Bureau students will display a series of photographs that highlight student life on the Rock Island campus, experiences in the Quad Cities or the world through international study programs. The event will incorporate the photography on display with several existing galleries and music. Three pieces of artwork will be raffled off by the Augustana Artisans to benefit the Fistula Foundation. These include two paintings from Augustana student Maria Ford and a photograph by Hunt Harris, a local businessman.

High school photographers who would like to be featured can submit their work in the categories of music, dreams, urban wilderness and portraits by January 18. Members of the Photo Bureau will judge the entries, and winners will receive scholarships to Augustana College.

Photo Bureau students featured in the show are Veronica Smith, Corynn Hanson, Dana Gustafson, Maren Mathisen, Mark Marogil, Matthew Peters, John Cairns and Grace Drenth. Smith, who serves as the Photo Bureau manager, assisted with planning the event. To view a students' work, click on each name to access a high-resolution photograph.

From your area this includes:

Mark Marogil, a sophomore from Moline, IL majoring business administration-advising.

Grace Drenth, a first year from Davenport, IA majoring liberal studies.

The Augustana Photo Bureau was established in 2005 to support the publications, events, news and online needs of the Office of Communication and Marketing. The bureau has grown to support other departments and special events on campus. Under the direction of their advisor, Marla Alvarado Neuerburg, the students have the opportunity to learn and apply photographic skills.

Midcoast Fine Arts is a non-profit agency created by artists to promote regional artists and cultural organizations that advance the quality of life and marketability within the Quad Cities. The Bucktown Center for the Arts opened in 2005 as a creative community for local artists.

The Augustana Artisans is a student organization created to appreciate, create and share the love of art. The club meets weekly to learn and create art and hold sales to raise money for charities such as the Fistula Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on the treatment and prevention of fistula worldwide. Fistula is a hole that can develop between a woman's birth passage and one or more surrounding organs over many days of obstructed labor or as a result of sexual violence. To learn more about the organization, visit

The Augustana Photo Bureau and the MidCoast Fine Arts are coordinating the event during Bucktown's monthly Final Friday art show. For further information about the event, contact Marla Alvarado Neuerburg at (309) 794-7632 or

About Augustana: Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The college enrolls nearly 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers more than 60 majors and areas of study. Augustana employs 226 faculty and has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.

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