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February 22, 2017

Nevins Theater
This event is free and open to the public.

The Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography is pleased to present visiting artist Jeff Whetstone.

Jeff Whetstone’s photographs and films imagine rural America through lenses of anthropology and mythology. Whetstone’s Post-Pleistocene photographs illuminate the depths of wild caves in Alabama and Tennessee, where layers of human markings reveal millennia of cultural evolution. His ongoing New Wilderness project portrays a human-centric American wilderness and questions how our cultural connection to the mythology of the wild is revealed in contemporary times. Whetstone’s work interrogates the stereotypes of rural people–ignorance, poverty, and self-destruction–and explores the complicated bond between people and the landscape.

Whetstone’s work has been exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions, including the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Karyn Lovegrove in Los Angeles and Higher Pictures and Wallspace in New York. In 2007 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship his work New Wilderness and his work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, and Art News, among others. Whetstone is represented by Julie Saul in New York and is currently a Professor of Visual Arts at Princeton University.


October 13, 2016

Holmes Auditorium
This event is free and open to the public.

The Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography is pleased to present visiting artist Gina Beavers.

In New York-based artist Gina Beavers’ tromp l’oeil paintings, Instagram culture and trends become thick, sculptural objects. Grids of how-to make-up posts are subject to deftly built up surfaces, layering paint to the point of no return. Bulging surfaces of a lobster roll turn what may have been a proud show-and-tell of a trip to Maine into what could quickly become grotesque and gluttonous – her playful choice of color and image avoid finger pointing. Beavers’ work acknowledges her own participation (and celebration?) of this image saturated world.

Gina Beavers’ work has been widely exhibited, nationally and internationally, including group shows at CANADA, Nicelle Beauchene and Zach Feuer in New York as well as Night Gallery in LA and Cooper Cole in Toronto. In 2015 Beavers was included in the ‘Greater New York’ exhibition at MoMA PS1. Her work has been reviewed in Frieze, Artforum, the LA Times and the New York Times, among others. Beavers is represented by Clifton Benevento in Los Angeles.


Whitney Hubbs, Woman no. 3, 2016

The Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography is pleased to announce that artist Whitney Hubbs has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Photography in the School of Art and Design at Alfred University.

Whitney Hubbs received her MFA at the University of California in Los Angeles and her BFA from California College of Art.  She is currently Photography Lab Supervisor at UCLA, a research position that contributes to the development of the photography program. Additionally, she has taught courses at the University of California Riverside, California State University Long Beach, and lectured at UCLA and USC.  Whitney has an impressive exhibition record nationally and internationally, with group exhibitions at The Getty Museum, LA, Ballroom Marfa, TX, Higher Pictures and Yancey Richardson, New York and Milk, Copenhagen. Her work has been reviewed in the New Yorker, Vice Magazine and ArtNews. Whitney is represented by M+B Gallery in Los Angeles.


April 19, 2016

Nevins Theater
This event is free and open to the public.

The Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography is pleased to present Randall Chair Jennifer Niederhauser-Schlup.

Swiss artist Jennifer Niederhauser-Schlup uses photography as modifier of vision and to complicate our conception of reality. Through manipulation of photographic space, she creates an unstable flow of information in order to confuse visual experience, deftly combining images to create perceived, unreal perfection. In each body of work, she photographs objects, people and landscapes, building strange and ambiguous narratives. Constructed objects in the studio and heavy post-production digital editing further the illusory quality of Niederhauser-Schlup’s world, as she searches for an uncertain truth.

Jennifer Niederhauser-Schlup’s work has been exhibited widely, including BEARSPACE gallery in London, the Unseen Photo Fair + Festival in Amsterdam and East Wing Gallery in Dubai. Her work has been published in Foam Magazine, Landscape Stories and Stand Quarterly. Along with her collaborator, Florine Bonaventure, she founded Adventice Editions, a multidisciplinary editorial project. Adventice was featured in the Swiss Focus room at MoMA PS1’s New York Art Book Fair in 2013. Niederhauser-Schlup received a BFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Art and a Masters in Art Direction/Photoraphy from the University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL).

February 3, 2016

Nevins Theater
This event is free and open to the public.



The Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography is pleased to present visiting artist Curtis Mann. His visit coincides with the exhibition ‘Mater + Material’, a group exhibition in the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery. In addition to a lecture, Mann will be present in the gallery on Tuesday, February 2nd at 12pm, for a gallery talk with Assistant Professor Lydia Anne McCarthy and Visiting Assistant Professor Scott Alario.

Curtis Mann’s photographs contain fragments of scenes that are partially erased and obscured. Mann’s process draws attention to the artifice of the photographic medium by demonstrating the malleability of images. He begins by culling images of strife and conflict in various international locations from photosharing websites such as Flickr and then has prints made. Once he has the prints in hand he covers portions of the photographs with a protective varnish and pours bleach over each one, stripping away areas not coated with varnish. Through the physical destruction and manipulation of these images, Mann questions the medium’s reliability as a documentary tool, troubling the ability of a photograph to convey truth. (from The Whitney Biennial 2010)

Curtis Mann lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Providence, RI. Select recent solo exhibitions include Openings, Almine Rech, Paris; Modifications, South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC; Medium and Materiality, Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy; Medium and Materiality, LUCE Gallery, Torino, Italy; making oneself, making oneself, Kavi Gupta BERLIN; After the Gold Rush: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Mann has also been included in a number of group museum exhibitions including Fruits of Passion: Project of Contemporary Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 12×12: New Artists/New Work(2009) at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the 2010 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.


Thomas Barrow – Terrace

Selections from Transformational Imagemaking

Fosdick-Nelson Gallery

January 29 – February 22, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, January 29, 7-9 pm

Coordinated by Lydia Anne McCarthy and Sharon McConnell

Culled from the exhibition Transformational Imagemaking: Handmade Photography Since 1960, curated by Robert Hirch, this selection focuses on works specifically dealing with the material process of photography, whether it be in the camera or on the print, and highlights photography’s relationship to painting, printmaking, design and sculpture.

September 23, 2015

Nevins Theater
This event is free and open to the public.

The Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography is pleased to present visiting artist Melanie Bonajo.

Dutch artist Melanie Bonajo’s work transcends categorization.  Through photography, performance, video and music, she unravels cultural norms and represents the female body from a distinctly female gaze.  Women bound in brooms and mops or with clay, self-formed appendages fill the frame.  Private and public space are confounded and sexuality is unhinged.  Bonajo uses the domestic space, gender and value structures to examine spiritual emptiness, a complicated contemporary relationship to nature and our, at times, bleak search for happiness.

Melanie Bonajo work has been exhibited and performed widely, including the Institute Neérlandais, Paris; Foam, Amsterdam; Kohun National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul and the Stedelijk Museum,  Amsterdam.  She has had solo shows that include Fette Gallery in Los Angeles and PPOW and Capricious in New York. In 2003 Melanie won the Dutch Young Artist Award and, in collaboration with Kinga Kielczynska, won the Pup Award in 2007. Her work has been published by Capricious, Eye-magazine, Glu, Livraison, Famous magazine, and Mullosk. Since 2004 she is the Creative Editor of Capricious, a photo magazine for young emerging photographers.

October 22, 2014

Binns-Merrill Hall Room 106C
This event is free and open to the public.

The Divisions of Drawing, Painting and Photography and of Sculpture and Dimensional Studies is pleased to present visiting artist Colby Bird. Bird’s at times obsessive, meditative practice bridges photography and sculpture, turning photographs into objects and striking a balance between the tangible and intangible. At once about process, intuitive making and conceptual quandaries, Bird re-works and re-interprets the familiar, turning the everyday into sensual objects that appear deceptively simple. Labor and pleasure wrestle with each other through handmade lamps, photographs, and support stands, with no clear victor.

Colby Bird received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2004. Since then he has exhibited his work widely, including solo exhibitions in the University Galleries at Texas State University, Fitzory in New York, Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin and Halsey-Mckay in East Hampton. Bird has been included in group shows at the Aspen Art Museum, Arthouse in Austin, and the Hagedorn Foundation in Atlanta. His work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art and has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal. Bird currently lives and works in Los Angeles and New York.


Emily Schell


Digital Wrecking Ball is a group exhibition curated by Lydia McCarthy’s Digital Photo class that celebrates the new and innovative artistic processes through digital platforms and the progressive ways of image-making. The student artists to be featured are Kelsey Adams, Jennifer Anderson, Allison Argento, Kyrie Berezuk, Alexa Buckheit, Allison Derwallis, Emily Eisenberg, Amanda Gere, Kaelyn Haggerty, Christine Krauss, Amelia Maslen, Emily Schell, Samantha Schem and Naiwen Zhang.


Ben Gilberg


Domestic Abstractions
The photographs in Domestic Abstractions are made by alumni of the School of Art and Design Photography Department. All of the contributing photographers have recently completed MFA programs at different schools in the Northeast. Each of them pursues work close to home, looking at the architecture, objects, and people that help define their experience and identity.

This show was curated by photography professor, Brian Arnold.