Red Rocks Community College News Release

More info: Kim Rein
May 21, 2012

“An American in Paris” photography show begins June 1 in RRCC’s Susan K. Arndt Gallery

LAKEWOOD, CO – When he finished his undergraduate degree at Colorado State University, Denver native Kealan Benjamin-Wardle needed inspiration, so he visited his sister who was then living in Paris. He started to explore the City of Light via his camera lens. Though he’s long since moved off of his sister’s couch, he is creating a significant body of work in France, some of which will be exhibited starting June 1, at Red Rocks Community College.

“There was something about Paris that cried out to me after I graduated,” Kealan says. “Maybe it was that I had studied French and visited Paris when I was younger, or that all my artistic and literary heroes lived here at some point in their lives,” he said.

Kealan’s father, Dr. Francis Wardle, a part-time instructor in the departments of Early Childhood Education, Psychology, and Education at RRCC commented, “Kealan grew up predominantly using the digital approach, but when he left for Paris, he took my 35-millimeter Pentax with him. He wanted to experiment with the strengths of analog photography as well.” This particular exhibition at RRCC will feature digital and analog work in both color and black and white.

Initially, Kealan just wanted to see what he could capture of the city but ended up taking a camera with him nearly everywhere he went. "My first few months here were mainly just walking around and discovering the city’s architecture and scenery, visiting all the places that my heroes had visited and lived,” Kealan says. “I started taking photos of the buildings, the parks, and the streets. After that, I started photographing the people and their lives and culture. Lately, I’ve begun working with models and some fashion photography. I’ve worked for a few different companies and entered several contests,” Kealan said.

An opening reception on June 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. will kick off Kealan’s exhibition in the Susan K. Arndt Gallery at Red Rocks Community College. The show will be on display through July 13.

More about Red Rocks Community College: RRCC offers associate of arts degrees in photography, multimedia/graphic design, and the fine arts as well as many other fields. A longtime leader in a multitude of areas, the college delivers high-quality, affordable education leading to a two-year associate degree or a professional certificate. RRCC serves over 15,000 students per year at two campuses in Lakewood and Arvada. Learn more at

More about the Susan K. Arndt Gallery: The Arndt Gallery is curated by the RRCC Arts program faculty. It is open Mon-Fri 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It’s located in RRCC’s west building on the lower level. For further information about the RRCC Arts program or the Arndt Gallery, contact Berndt Savig at



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American in Paris Exhibit
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