Rik Andersen has definitely left his print at West Texas A&M University.
Andersen is the University photographer, and it’s pretty much common knowledge that any photograph hanging on the walls at WTAMU is one of his. Photographs of University events, facilities, honorees, athletics and even charging buffaloes have earned him high praise as well as a few awards.
But in November Andersen gave the community an opportunity to see another side of his work in a photo exhibit titled “Stuff” at Cornette Library’s First Floor Exhibit area. The exhibit featured a variety of photos taken by Andersen outside of his job as the University photographer. Many of the photos depicted the beauty of the Texas Panhandle, and some even dated back to his college days. Even though the exhibit came down the end of November, Andersen found another way to share the photos.
A 48-page book titled Stuff is available by searching Stuff at www.blurb.com. The book, like the exhibit, includes Andersen’s self portrait from 1985 as well as shots taken at Palo Duro Canyon, Cadillac Ranch, and other local spots that reflect the beauty and individuality of the Texas Panhandle.
“The show was up for only a month, and I wanted more permanence to it,” Andersen said. “The book is a way for people to enjoy the show for a longer time. It makes a nice coffee table book showcasing our area.”
Plans are already under way for a future show and possible book with his wife Amy Andersen, who is an associate professor of education at WTAMU.
Andersen joined the WTAMU staff in 1992, and through the years he has taken thousands and thousands of photographs of the life and activities at the University. He has won numerous Addy Awards along with honors from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the University Photographers’ Association of America.