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Photographer with Duluth roots is first speaker for UMD's Visual Culture Lecture series

Wing Young Huie, an award-winning artist, is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. Tuesday on campus — a lecture that is also available via Zoom.

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Duluth native Wing Young Huie, a photographer, will speak at UMD's Visual Culture Lecture series on Tuesday at UMD. Clint Austin / 2012 file / Duluth News Tribune

An award-winning artist who grew up in Duluth is the featured speaker for the University of Minnesota Duluth's first event of this year's Visual Culture Lecture Series.

Photographer Wing Young Huie is known for his large-scale projects that encompass entire neighborhoods, whether it's the portraits displayed in shop windows and bus stops along Lake Street in Minneapolis or an installation in St. Paul's Frogtown that included photographs and quotes.

He is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 in UMD's Solon Campus Center 120, a lecture that will also be available via Zoom . It's free and open to the public.

Huie was named the Minneapolis Star Tribune's artist of the year in 2000 and he received the McKnight Distinguished Artist award in 2018.

At the time, the arts programming director for the foundation described him as "an expert photographer, but he's also an expert in engaging."

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"His work starts with a photo and continues with a conversation with people," Vickie Benson said.

Huie is also a teacher and the author of "Chinese-ness," which won a Minnesota Book Award.

In 1996, a News Tribune reporter described the Duluth Central High School graduate as "a chronicler of the human condition."

Christa Lawler is a former reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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