Photographer and human-rights advocate featured in New Kensington Art Gallery

April 03, 2018

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — Maranie Rae, a Pittsburgh-based photographer, journalist and human-rights advocate, will feature her works in Penn State New Kensington’s Art Gallery from April 9-29. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Rae also will hold two lectures on April 9.

Rae will share photographs from a trip to the Middle East, where she documented the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Syria is the 2017-18 Country of Focus at the New Kensington campus.

In addition to the Middle East, Rae’s work has taken her around the globe to destinations throughout Europe and Africa, as well as her most recent travels to Vietnam. The goal of her work is to focus on people, especially those in marginalized parts of society, to dispel misconceptions, underline humanity and understand the world.

In addition to her gallery exhibit, Rae will host a photo discussion from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. (Common Hour) on April 9 in the Art Gallery. The discussion is free and open to the public. 

That same day, Rae will be the featured guest and speaker at a campus “Dinner and Dialogue” session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., also in the campus Art Gallery. Members of the campus community are asked to RSVP for the Dinner and Dialogue event by contacting Theresa Bonk, director of student affairs, at 724-334-6061 or

Rae has been a full-time, independent photographer since 2015, and her work has been featured in Esquire, CNN, Huffington Post, Mashable and numerous Pittsburgh-based newspapers and magazines. For more information about Rae and her work, visit

The New Kensington campus community, as well as the public, is invited to view Rae’s photographs in the Art Gallery from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends. 

Penn State New Kensington’s gallery features monthly multimedia works of local, regional, national and international artists. All exhibits are free to the public. For more information about the gallery and how to become a future exhibitor, contact Sluss, gallery director, at 724-334-6056 or More information is available at

Last Updated April 03, 2018