Archive for April, 2011

Class Friday / Update

April 27, 2011

On Friday, April 29 I will not be in class, however, classes will be held as usual.  Lab Assistant Andrew Elaban will open the lab and provide assistance to Photo I students as needed.

Photo II & III, please use your time to work on your projects that are due Friday May 6.

Photo I, I have made a few adjustments to the Doppleganger Project assignment:

  • The assignment will be due on Exam Day – Wednesday, May 11. We’ll meet from 1-3pm.
  • Number of rolls of film has not changed, however you now must only produce 4 – 6 final pieces.
  • The images will not need to be printed.  We will critique the projected images.

Needed: Photographs of Department for Website

April 24, 2011

Matt Wolosz painting a floor on the floor.

The Art Department is working on some much needed updates to our website.  Prof. Qian Li has requested photographs taken of art classes, art works, facilities, departmental activities, etc.  Please provide information for any image that prominently depicts a student or faculty art work so that the artist may be credited.  If possible, get the images to me by Wed, May 25 so Qian can incorporate them into her design.

Happy shooting and thanks.

Tamar Harpaz: @ SPACES

April 19, 2011

Here’s a link to Tamar Harpaz, the Israeli artist that  we visited with at SPACES earlier this week.

Tamar is part of the SWAP program (SPACES World Artist Program).   Her exhibition opens on Friday May 20 with a reception  from 6-8pm, and runs through July 10.  Be sure to check out the videos in the fly out menu to the right:  SPACES.

PSA: Straight from the Decision-Makers

April 17, 2011

Recently, I was fortunate to be excepted into Review Santa Fe, a 3 day event that connects photographers with major decision makers –  big-time curators, publishers, consultants and representatives.  I thought the jurors’ comments about the selection process are instructive.  They stress the communicative power, aesthetic and formal qualities, the content and concepts, the technique, and the artist statement.  Even if you resist interpreting your own work, make no mistake that others will.  Even if your process is largely driven by intuition – GREAT!  Just take time to reflect on your work to determine what it means to you, what it might mean to others, and how you might make it better.  Then do it.

It’s time for a big final push as the end of the semester is approaching.


“Overall, the quality of the work I reviewed was excellent. Most of the photographers were technically competent, and the majority of the work was solid in terms of idea, execution and cohesion.  

The criteria I employ to evaluate a photographic series is difficult to articulate, but as a starting point it is essential that form and concept work in tandem to express an idea. I feel that an artist must be aware of how their photographs fit into current contemporary practice, what traditions in art history they are extending, and most importantly, a clear sense of why they are making their work. They must be able to recognize not only what their work means to them, but also what it might communicate to a viewer who sees the work without any prior knowledge and perhaps no inclination to read titles or accompanying texts. In other words, to understand why the work might be relevant toanyone, and what it has to say about the world around us.

Good photographs typically hook the viewer through purposeful composition, appropriate and skilled technique, and then slowly reveal a strong and personal point of view. In general I believe that the photographer has just a few seconds to grab a viewer’s attention using style, composition, framing, color, and subject matter, but then needs to keep his or her attention by having something to say. Compelling images usually have a sense of mystery, layers of meaning, and ask more questions than they answer. In other words, they go beyond what they literally depict, and from a broad idea offer us a variety of more subtle directions for our imaginations to take.

There were some submissions entered without artist statements, which is a mistake. In some cases the pictures were very good, and I might guess what was going on, but without confirmation it was too big of a risk to assume that what I was taking away from the pictures was consistent with the artists’ intentions. Since this review is all about giving serious photographers the chance to network and receive critical feedback on their work, I felt it was essential to be 100% sure that the artist is able to position his or her work in an intelligent, informed, and meaningful way.

I congratulate everyone on putting together what were mostly very thoughtful, professional submissions. It was a privilege for me to see so much good work in one place.”

Karen Irvine, Curator and Manager of Publications

Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago


“I was honored to be a part of the Selection Committee for Review Santa Fe this year. Out of the hundreds of entries, the projects that rose to the top were visually cohesive and accompanied by a clear statement.  

I recently published a two-page spread by a photographer whom I met at Review Santa Fe. While the weekend does lead to concrete outcomes, it is primarily a venue for a dialogue about the work, with both industry professionals and fellow photographers; the review should be the start of an ongoing conversation, or relationship with an editor, gallerist, or curator. These connections with the photographic community make the weekend  inspiring, and a great deal of fun.

For those photographers not selected, I’d encourage you to look closely at your work as a whole; being able to write and speak about your work is essential.”

Whitney C. Johnson, Director of Photography
The New Yorker


“Photography remains one of the most powerful tools for communicating in and understanding the world. And as the world has become exponentially more globalized, multipolar, and technological, photographers have to meet these conditions with fearless engagement and sophistication. The honor of selecting entries for inclusion in Review Santa Fe 2011 is matched with the responsibility of evaluating how contemporary photographic practice responds to, and in turn conditions, this complexity.

Few of these selections came easily, but I sought out those photographers who display the level of technical finesse, artistic individuality, and a desire to go beyond the merely personal that positions them for relevance. This is not to say that the best work is “political,” or that intimate work cannot attain this status. But in that photographic practice has arguably multiplied exponentially in recent years due to some of the same conditions that make the world a more interesting place to photograph (globalization, technology), photographers more than ever have to do the additional challenging task of knowing how their work fits in an ever more vast field. Your potential audience, peers, and field of employers/collectors/patrons are now probably larger and more accessible to you than ever before. But they are also more specific, and this challenges photographers to keep making coherent and relevant work that continues to press the limits and expectations of the medium, fostering its unique ability to help us see the world anew.”

Alan Rapp, Alan Rapp Studio

Blurb Discounts (for Mom or not)

April 13, 2011

Blurb is offering a discount of  15% off self-published books for Mother’s Day.  While we all love our moms, you can also use the discount for class or personal projects.  Order by April 27 (for ground shipping) and receive a 15% discount on your order of two books by entering BLURBMOM in the discount field during check out.

Click here for more information.

CSU’s Juried Student Art Show Awards

April 4, 2011

TJ got an award for this piece, titled "Reward".

Congratulations to TJ Jaeger for winning first place in the photography category in Cleveland State University’s 40th Annual Student Art Show.  Omid Tavakoli (Photo I) received an honorable mention as well.

Opportunity for Students & Recent Grads

April 3, 2011

@Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati


Deadline to Submit: April 13
Exhibit Dates: May 27 – June 24, 2011

7th Annual
A Call for Works by Juniors, Seniors, or Recent Graduates (2010)

$300 Best of Show Cash Award
A full-color catalog will be produced. Each exhibitor will receive one free

Every year Manifest seeks to energize students and recent graduates of art
and design programs towards higher goals and professionalism. Therefore,
for a seventh year in a row, we offer this challenge to students in
regional, national, and international college programs to show us what
you’ve got, bring it off campus, and share it with the everyday viewing

Manifest’s is now seeking submissions for the Rites of Passage 2011
exhibit. All submissions must be sent no later than April 13, 2011.

One exhibit will feature the best work from artists about to receive or
recently awarded an undergraduate degree from a regional, national, or
international college art or design program. All entrants must have
received or be scheduled to receive a college degree in 2010, 2011, or
2012, and provide an academic reference’s contact info.

Deadline for Entry: April 13, 2011
For details and to enter visit: