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In the past few years, several gifts from photographers and individuals have allowed the Gallery of Art & Design at N.C. State University to expand its photography collection. The exhibition, The University Collects Photographs, running April 5 through June 30, is the first opportunity the gallery has had to display their new bounty. Some of the pieces come from Caroline Vaughan, a Durham photographer who made a gift of her life's work to the gallery in 1999

("Mother, Father, 1989," is pictured). Vaughan's photographs range from intimate portraits of families to glowing still lifes and haunting dream-like landscapes. The opening reception will be in the Talley Student Center at N.C. State, April 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. Call 515-3503 for details.

DiamondDiamondDiamondThis weekend, Carrboro welcomes a new venue to its art scene, when the Louvre Shack Gallery opens its Pop-Out Painting show, featuring mixed-media works by Tracy Keith Wall, Doug Stuber, Alan Botifoll and Joey Howard. "This area has a lot of conservative artists and venues and doesn't seem to support its free-thinking artists," gallery owner Wall says. He says the Louvre Shack Gallery will strive to feature work by avant-garde artists. The inaugural exhibition will run April 7 through April 29. Call 942-7494 for details.

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