'30 Years/30 Lives' Documents AIDS Pandemic

It's difficult to believe that AIDS has been around for three decades, and even more difficult to imagine the lives it has stolen or the wounded it's left in its wake. But there's no mistaking the imprint the disease has left on the world since its first victims began succumbing to what then was considered a mysterious illness mainly affecting same-sex partners.

Artist Kimberly Vrudny chronicles the advent and evolution of AIDS with her new photo exhibit, 30 Years/30 Lives: Documenting a Pandemic. She is scheduled to give an artist's lecture Thursday at 4 p.m. at Methodist University Hospital's Center of Excellence in Faith & Health. Her presentation will be followed by a reception at 5:30.

The exhibit runs from Saturday until July 31 at the Center for Excellence, the Church Health Center, and St. John's United Methodist Church. It includes profiles of people from the United States, Mexico, South Africa, and Thailand.

Look for more on the exhibit and the artist's thoughts in this space on Friday.

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