Certain ideas are stunningly perfect in their simplicity. The Oxford Project is one of these. In 1984, photographer and University of Iowa professor Peter Feldstein photographed roughly 670 residents of Oxford, Iowa — virtually the rural community’s entire population. He returned in 2005 to shoot new portraits of the same subjects, this time with writer Stephen Bloom to interview them. In the resulting book, Feldstein’s portraits show the effects of time, while Bloom’s interviews can be shocking, funny and painfully human. An exhibition of Feldstein’s photos is on display through December 31 at the Belger Arts Center (2100 Walnut, 816-474-3250). For more information, see

Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. Starts: Oct. 2. Continues through Dec. 31, 2009