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New Gallery Exhibit Focuses on Homeless and Troubled Youth

A image of Tiny and her dogs taken by Mary Ellen Mark

Lebanon Valley College’s newest exhibit in the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Mary Ellen Mark—Tiny: Streetwise Revisited, provides a powerful education about one of the more complex sides of American life, as well as insight into the unique relationship that developed between artist and subject over 30 years.

Renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark (1940–2015) began a project called Streetwise, which became a poignant document of a fiercely independent group of homeless and troubled youth who made their way on the streets of Seattle as pimps, prostitutes, panhandlers, and small-time drug dealers. Streetwise introduced several unforgettable children, including Tiny, who dreamed of a horse farm, diamonds and furs, and a baby of her own. 

Since meeting Tiny 30 years ago, Mark continued to photograph her, creating what became one of Mark’s most significant and long-term projects. Tiny: Streetwise Revisited incorporates the most powerful images from Streetwise, taking us from thirteen-year-old Tiny to the middle-aged mom of 10 we meet today. Exhibition texts and captions are drawn from conversations between Tiny and Mary Ellen Mark, as well as with Mark’s husband, filmmaker Martin Bell, who made the landmark film Streetwise, also included in the exhibition.

Mary Ellen Mark-Tiny: Streetwise Revisited will run from Jan. 19–Mar. 19 and was organized by Aperture Foundation, New York. A special opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. All are welcome. Music and free refreshments will be provided.

Additional events related to the exhibit include:

A lecture, Mary Ellen Mark: After LIFE, by Jason Hill, Ph.D., assistant professor in art history, University of Delaware—Thursday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

 A photography workshop, Modern Documentary Photography and the Art of the Analog Print—Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. by Andrew Bale, professional photographer and lecturer in art and art history at Dickinson College. Contact the Gallery for registration.

The Gallery is open Wednesday from 5-8 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 1–4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Schools and other organizations are encouraged to contact the Gallery for a guided visit. Additional information is available at,, or 717-867-6445. Keep up with the latest Gallery news on Facebook.