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Posts from — March 2010

FotoFest

Open Portfolio Night

The TTU Photo Grads had the privilege of being in Houston this last weekend for FotoFest.  A great time was had by all, and we got to see some wonderful photo exhibitions throughout the city.  One of the highlights for me was the show at the MFA Houston:  Ruptures and Continuities: Photography Made after 1960 from the MFAH Collection.  On Friday night there was an Evening with the Artists: Open Portfolio Night, and it was very enjoyable to see so many people excited about photography.  Saturday, we had the privilege of shadowing portfolio reviewers and seeing how they responded to different types of work and work of varying quality.  As graduate students preparing as careers as educators or artists or combination of the two, this was an invaluable experience.

The next FotoFest will be in 2012.  Its well worth the trip.

March 30, 2010   No Comments

Artist Spotlight

Today’s SRO Spotlight shines on three of the artists, Sarah PalmerKirsten Kay Thoen, and Rachel Sussman who are included in 31 Women in Art Photograpy, which opened on March 6th in New York.  Although their approaches differ from subject matter to construction, it appears these artists all construct a visual space that attempts to recreate a physical paradise.

Paradise is a constructed  idea the experience of which is never reachable. It is an ideal projected onto everyday surroundings. Sarah Palmer’s photographs from As a Real House series, question the home as a physical space we create and inhabit. Kirsten Kay Thoen constructs three-dimensional objects which she then photographs. Her objects glow, suggesting a contained environment which we can only be witnessed from outside.  In Rachel Sussman’s series, Lost in Paradise, her images break the impression of the garden as a symbol of Eden by showing the evidence of the materials used to construct and sustain it.

© Sarah Palmer

© Kirsten Kay Thoen

© Rachel Sussman

March 26, 2010   No Comments

Reception on Saturday

Detail of Elisabeth Tonnard's The Man of the Crowd

Elisabeth Tonnard’s exhibition is up through April 17, 2010.  There will be a reception for that show, as well as for the 23rd Annual Juried Art Student Exhibition, juried by Ken Little, and Sallie Inman‘s MFA Exhibition, on Saturday, March 27th from 6-8PM.

Directions may be found here.

March 23, 2010   No Comments

Only two weeks left…

The postmark deadline for the SRO Call for Entries is April 5, 2010.  We just got back from Spring Break and had a stack of mail waiting for us. Don’t forget to send your entry in…

March 22, 2010   No Comments