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Canisius College is the home of “Newcomers,” a photography exhibit featuring the work of Lukia Costello. The series consists of black and white photographs of the faces of Buffalo’s refugee population.

From 2010-2011 alone, 3,000 refugees from countries such as Burma, Somalia and Bhutan started new lives in Buffalo, according to a recent release from the college.

“Costello, who taught English as a Second Language (ESL) in the Buffalo Public Schools for three years, was touched and inspired by their resilience and sense of humor in the face of a dramatic transition and an uncertain future,” the release states. “She decided to capture and share that spirit, as well as the beauty and diversity these individuals add to our city, in a traveling exhibition.”

A part of the ArtsCanisius series, the exhibit runs through Aug. 16 in in the college’s Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library during regular library hours.

Costello is a self-taught freelance photography professional. A recent New York Foundation of the Arts Independent Commission recipient, her work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. As a member of The New York Times freelance pool and the American Society of Media Photographers, Costello’s services are used by individuals, businesses and higher education clients for editorial and marketing applications.

The ArtsCanisius series at Canisius College presents concerts by professional musicians, including members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Canisius faculty, art shows and lectures by professional artists and student recitals. For more information, contact the Fine Arts Department at 888-2536 or visit canisius.edu/artscanisius.

– Kristy Kibler