MSU industrial engineering senior presents ‘Children of the Mountain Kingdom’ photography exhibit

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

“The Blind Shepherd” by Trey Wallace

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Photographs by an industrial engineering major at Mississippi State are on display through March 24 in the university’s Visual Arts Center Gallery.

Free to all, the “Children of the Mountain Kingdom” exhibit features a series of photographs taken by Starkville native Teddy P. “Trey” Wallace during the two summers he spent working with Starkville-based nonprofit Reclaimed Project in Lesotho, South Africa.

Through the images, Wallace seeks to shed light on young people affected by extreme poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Rather than focus on their hardships, Wallace realistically portrays the children’s optimism through their genuine smiles.

Aspiring to a career in nonprofit management, Wallace enjoys exploring his passion for photography through humanitarian documentary work.

“I believe that portraits have power. I hope that my work can help viewers connect with my subjects and elicit change,” Wallace said, adding that he is always open to conversations about his photography or humanitarian work.

For more biographical information, visit or follow on Instagram @treywphotography.

Also free to all, a reception in Wallace’s honor takes place 5-6 p.m. Thursday [March 2] in the Visual Arts Center Gallery at 808 University Drive on the edge of the Starkville campus. Refreshments will be provided.

Exhibit hours are 1-4 p.m., Monday-Saturday, as well as by appointment. For more, visit

Additional information on the “Children of the Mountain Kingdom” exhibit is available from Lori Neuenfeldt, the MSU art department’s gallery director, at 662-325-2973 or

Part of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, the Department of Art is home to the Magnolia State’s largest undergraduate studio art program. For more, visit

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