EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING & COLLABORATION
DIVERGENCE EXHIBITION: ONLINE
During the Fall 2020 semester, students in ART 423/523: Advanced Photography Seminar have been working on individual bodies of work that engage with interdisciplinary practices, including installation, large-format prints through digital and analog photography, video, and bookmaking. These artists have worked to translate the work from an in-person to an online exhibition. The exhibition addresses a multitude of ideas motivated by personal interests and questions. Each student's final project represents a deep-dive into one's creative practice both through engagement and reworking of their visual work, reflecting on their practice, and writing about their project throughout the semester. The work will be available online for one-year. Artists exhibited include: Jordan Beishir, Hannah Urquhart, Nigel Hilgert, Paul Lacefield, Katie Patton, Kristopher Keller, Joanna Hurless, and Rosalind Williams.
PM² EXHIBITION: ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI 3/27-5/28, 2020
The Spring 2020 Advanced Photography Class is pleased to announce Pm², an exhibition of work exploring the essence of photography: process, material, and meaning. The Pm ² exhibition is on display at Framations Art Gallery in St. Charles, Missouri March 27th through May 28th, 2020. Framations Art Gallery is currently closed due to the Shelter in Place order but they have featured a virtual tour of the exhibition on their website. Their normal hours are Tuesday- Saturday 10am-6pm and Sundays 12-5pm. Artists exhibited include: Jordan Beishir, Madeline Brandon, Alexis Cunningham, Lauren Fox, Angie Gunnoe, Ash Hupperts, Joanna Hurless, Hamid Rostami, Allison Thompson, and Rosalind Williams.
Hamid Rostami, Prophecy, Digital Pigment Print Toned with Coffee, 6”x8”, 2020
I am interested in showing the role that materiality and presentation play in conveying photographic meaning. The colors, paper, and framing suggest the work is old. The subject matter, however, interrupts our sense of time and causes the viewer to question what is taking place.
Ash Hupperts, Growth, Fabric Cyanotype, Thread, Human Hair, 8”x10”, 2020
The use of fabric, as well as the act of sewing are both historically women’s work. Processes stereotypically done by women are considered merely craft. By choosing to develop my cyanotype onto fabric and then hand embroider it with my own hair, I am commenting on women’s crafts in an attempt to elevate it to high art.
Allison Thompson, Confinement, Digital Pigment Print and Embroidery Thread, 11”x16”, 2020
The broken glass and blurred reflection are a metaphor for individuals going through a time of feeling broken, invisible, misunderstood, and alone. The threads were woven in, connecting each piece back together, representing the beginning of healing. The chaos of the thread pulled in every direction reflects the anxiety and confusion of experiencing these feelings and trying to heal at the same time.
CLASS COLLABORATION WITH OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
The Spring 2020 Advanced Photography and Graduate Photography Classes collaborated with Assistant Professor Andy Mattern's Photo II and Photo III classes at Oklahoma State University from January-February, 2020. OSU students kicked off the exchange by sending an initial round of photographic prints that answered a prompt. The SIUE students then responded conceptually and technically with their own photos. The mail exchange continued for four rounds, creating a conversation between photographs. Both classes met via Skype to discuss the project at its conclusion. The College of Arts and Sciences featured an article about the collaboration. Exhibited: February-March, 2020: SIUE 2nd Floor Display, 3rd Floor Gallery, Bartlett Center for the Visual Arts, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
CLASS COLLABORATION WITH NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
The Fall 2019 Intermediate Photography Classes collaborated with Assistant Professor Bree Lamb's Intermediate Photography class at New Mexico State University from August-September, 2019. SIUE students sent digital images that responded to a prompt. The NMSU students then responded conceptually and technically with their own images, continuing for four rounds and creating a conversation between photographs. Exhibited: October, 2019: SIUE 2nd Floor Display, New Mexico State University Department of Art, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
2019 WORLD CYANOTYPE DAY:
SIUE STUDENTS EXHIBIT WORK IN TEXAS AND LOUISIANNA
The Fall 2019 Intermediate Photography class created 8"x10" Cyanotype flags for World Cyanotype Day. The flags followed the theme of Land/Sea/Sky. All students in the class got to participate and have their work featured in two national exhibitions. Exhibited: A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas, September 20th- October 21st, 2019. AND Healing Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisianna, December-March, 2020.