Category Archives: Inner Mongolia

MONGOLIA Exhibition Opening March 8, 2013

Please join us at the  DAIRY CENTER FOR THE ARTS in Boulder, Colorado for this exciting group exhibition SAND &  SNOW: Inner Mongolia

Sand & Snow: Inner Mongolia
Two years ago, ten American photographers were invited to attend the Inaugural Xiang Sha Wan Photography Festival in Inner Mongolia, China, for New Year’s Week, 2011. We hailed from L. A., Washington, Pennsylvania, Alabama, N.Y., Oregon and Colorado.


Meeting Our Needs

This region of the Gobi Desert, known as Xiang Sha Wan, is known for its “singing sands”, its Bactrian camels, and the rich cultural influence of the Mongolians. A few cities such as Ordos and Baotou, also afforded us a more rural experience.

To see more work by “Sand & Snow” photographers, visit the following:

Maureen Ruddy Burkhart, Curator:
Thomas Michael Alleman:
David Grant Best:
Brooks Jensen, publisher, LensWork Magazine:
Joe Lipka:
Christopher Rauschenberg:
Justine Reyes:
Harold Ross:
Walt Stricklin:

Our first few days were spent at the remote Desert Art Palace, matting and framing the portfolios we had brought with us, for the art show and festivities.

Inner Mongolia was unforgettable in many ways. We mingled with hundreds of Chinese photographers eager to take our pictures. The landscape was both beautiful and harsh. The people were friendly and incredibly hospitable. The bitter cold windy weather was tempered by the warmth of our hosts. Delicious food, unforgettable entertainment, and total immersion in this ethnic Mongolian area of China’s outer reaches, all made for rich subject matter and fond memories.

Maureen Ruddy Burkhart 

–        2013


3 Lucies! ..International Photography Awards Honorable Mentions

Hello out there!  I’m honored to say that my work received 3 Honorable Mentions at the 2012 IPA Lucie Awards!  This includes 2 series and 1 singular image…Here is the series “Trail of the Fallen Warrior”

This series “First Day” is a compilation of iPhone composite images…

And this singular image was taken in Inner Mongolia, China, while a visiting artist there in January, 2011…it portrays the eastern edge of the Gobi desert with the smokestacks of Erdos in the background.

Where in the World is Ordos?

This is the third installment of my Inner Mongolia, China, one-year retrospective continued…

Bellboys admiring the view! Click on image to see location on Google Earth

Early morning view...minus 20 degrees outside

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Cold Desert, Bactrian Camels and 3 Helpers…

Mongolian camel herders/tenders were hired to assist with framing duties

Click here to read about this in Boulder’s Daily Camera Newspaper

The Desert Art Palace

Statues buried by the sand

Fellow photog Joe Lipka

I assume these umbrellas provide much needed shade in the hot summers...

Indigenous bactrian camel


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