The Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Division is presenting an exhibition, "Ben Shahn: Then and Now," an exhibit of social documentary photographs of central Ohio, through Sept. 17 in the Concourse Gallery of the Municipal Services Center 3600 Tremont Road.

The Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Division is presenting an exhibition, "Ben Shahn: Then and Now," an exhibit of social documentary photographs of central Ohio, through Sept. 17 in the Concourse Gallery of the Municipal Services Center 3600 Tremont Road.

A reception is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, in the gallery. There will be entertainment by musicians from the Guitar House and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

The exhibition is free and open to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From 1933 to 1938, Ben Shahn worked as a photographer for the Farm Security Administration (FSA), traveling and documenting American living and working conditions. This exhibit, featuring Shahn's photographs of Ohio during the Great Depression, illustrates his contribution to the emerging field of social documentary photography and shows how the medium became essential to both his political activism and his artistic practice.

This exhibit is from the Cultural Arts Division's Permanent Collection.

"Ben Shahn: Then and Now" will also feature photographs selected from the Community Photography Project featuring images of Upper Arlington alongside an accompanying exhibition, "Portrait of American Town." Reshot images from today of the same spaces Shahn featured in 1938 will also be on display during this exhibit, courtesy of the Ohio Humanities Council.

This program is financially supported by the Ohio Arts Council. More information is available at www.uaoh.net, under Department/Cultural Arts, or by calling 614-583-5310.