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Photographic Resource Center told it must leave BU

The Photographic Resource Center, which has been hosting exhibitions and providing resources and education programs to photographers for four decades at BU, has been told it must find new space off campus.

The PRC’s board shared the unhappy news with its 400 members this week, explaining in an e-mail that the university intends to “renovate and re-purpose” the building that houses the PRC. It has be out by July 1.

“This could be good for us,” said Bruce Myren, a photographer who is the nonprofit’s acting executive director. “But it’s a challenge, I have to say. We’ve been planning a bit because we knew at some point our relationship would change, but finding space in the city is a challenge and for a small nonprofit it’s even a little harder.”

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Attempts to reach Peter Fiedler, VP for administrative services, at BU, were unsuccessful Tuesday.

Founded in 1976, the Photographic Resource Center is currently located in a BU-owned building at 832 Commonwealth Ave. The PRC hosts a half-dozen or so exhibitions a year, including themed shows as well as juried and student exhibitions. In addition, the center regularly hosts lectures and education programs with well-known photographers, including Tina Barney, Bruce Davidson, Andres Serrano, Larry Fink, and William Wegman.

In the e-mail to members, the PRC board said it had an inkling the center would have to move off campus sooner rather than later.

“While we do not know just yet where our new home will be, and we may work out of temporary headquarters for a short time, we DO know how we will get there: with you,” the e-mail reads. “We are grateful to Boston University for its support of the PRC over the years — and are excited about the new possibilities that lie ahead.”

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