September 16, 2011

Nine Visions promises to be one of the most significant exhibits that the Museum has ever presented. Each photographer has an established reputation or is an emerging star in the field of art photography. Emmet Gowin has an international reputation. Nine Visions represents what is currently going on in photography at the university/academic level.

 All nine photographers have Southern roots or ties, having grown up in the South or currently teaching at major southern universities. Emmet Gowin, a Danville native who frequently returns to the family compound on Baldwin Street, first came to the attention of the art world with his unique studies of his wife and family. The other photographers use their southern sensibilities as they look at the people and folkways of the South.

 Susan  Worsham

Artists Statement: Growing up in Virginia, my childhood field trips were to cigarette factories and civil war battlegrounds, with a brown bag lunch in tow. This series, BY THE GRACE OF GOD . follows a southern road, and takes me beyond the backyards and trails of my youth. It deals with the south, and the hospitality of strangers. It also hits on a feeling that I have sometimes when taking portraits. A feeling that I was supposed to meet a particular person, or turn down a certain road. The title is taken from the old saying, American By Birth, Southern By The Grace Of God. The images are made up of the places, and characters, that I believe, I have found, through a sort of divine intervention. They are strangers that invite me into their homes, to sit awhile, and hear their stories. Characters that are real, and not imagined by the literary greats of the south.

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Qualifying State: Virginia

Website: www.susanworshamphotography.com

Susan Worsham lives in Richmond ,Virginia. She has exhibited at the Photographic Center Northwest, the Silver Eye Center For Photography, and Sasha Wolf Gallery in New York. In 2009 she was nominated for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography.

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Pamela Pecchio received her MFA in photography from the Yale University School of Art in 2001, where she was awarded the Richard Dixon Welling Prize for Excellence. She received a BFA in photography from the University of Georgia in 1998.

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Her work is included in collections at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Yale University Art Museum, the Yale Davenport College collection, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, the Sloane Fine Art Library at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and the Otis Library of the Otis College of Art and Design, among others. 

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Pecchio has shown across the United States, as well as internationally in China, Spain, Italy and Holland. Her work has been featured in ArtNews, Details, Camera Arts and V magazines, as well as her own artist's book, eight, published by Nexus Press. Her limited edition monograph, 509, is scheduled for printing in early 2009.

Pecchio has taught photography at the Universities of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Asheville, Duke University,Louisiana State University and the University of Georgia

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Pecchio is represented by Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New York and Eva Magill in Paris.  Still_life_with_Bill_Clinton                                 

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William Wylie

Associate Professor William Wylie joined the U.Va. faculty in the fall of 2000 to teach photography. He received his Masters of Fine Arts from The University of Michigan. Wylie_-_house_with_birds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previously Prof Wylie taught at Colorado State University where he received recognition for his outstanding teaching. He is the director of the Studio Art Study Abroad Program in Italy. In 2005, Prof Wylie received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Other honors include the Mead Honored Faculty Award at UVA, an Individual Artist Fellowship from The Colorado Council on the Arts, and The Colorado Book Award for his first monograph, Riverwalk.

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His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the US and internationally, and is represented in numerous permanent collections including those of the Amon Carter Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, the Denver Art Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, and the Yale University Museum of Art.

He has three publications devoted to his photography; Riverwalk (2000), Stillwater (2002) and most recently, Carrara (2009).

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Wylie is represented by Jenkins Johnson Gallery (NYC and SF) and Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, VA.

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During his Guggenheim Fellowship term, photographer Elijah Gowin completed his series "Of Falling and Floating," which consists of digitally manipulated images, often culled from the Internet, that he described in a Kansas City Star (April 19, 2008) article as "multiple figures from different places and times brought together photographically but synthesized the way a painter would do it." He sees the images he creates as "metaphors for a global feeling of anxiety, loss of control, the helplessness we feel."

Works from "Of Falling and Floating" were featured jointly with photographs from the series Bagged Snake "Changing the Earth" by his father, Emmet Gowin, himself a Guggenheim Fellow in Photography (1974), in a 2009 exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography entitled "Pull of Gravity."

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Bagged Snake Among the other series of works by Elijah Gowin are "Hymnal of Dream," "Watering," and "Lonnie Holley.” Elijah Gowin received a B.A. from Davidson College (1990) and an M.F.A. in photography from the University of New Mexico (1996).                  

He then joined the faculty of the University of  Tennessee, Chattanooga, as an Instructor in Art, before accepting an appointment in 1999 as an Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at St. Mary's College of Maryland.  He is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Art History  and director of Photographic Studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  He was a Light Work Resident Artist at Syracuse University in 1998 and a Fellow at the  Silver Eye Center of Photography in Pittsburgh in 2000.  His work has been supported by grants from the University of Missouri (2003, 2006), the Charlotte Street Foundation (2006), Creative Capital (2007), and the Puffin Foundation (2007).

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In 2008, Tin Roof Press published Maggie, a book of photographs by Emmet and Elijah Gowin of 98-year-old Margaret Cooper, Elijah's aunt, for which Edith Gowin, Elijah's mother, wrote the introduction.  The book was nominated for inclusion on Aperture West's list of the Best Books Snow of 2008.

 

Tom Rankin is Director of the Center for Documentary Studies and Associate Professor of the Practice of Art and Documentary Studies at Duke University.  A photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist, Rankin has been photographing and interpreting the American cultural landscape for nearly twenty years. Rankin_3  

 

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Formerly Associate Professor of Art and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi and Chair of the Art Department at Delta State University, he is a graduate of Tufts University (BA, summa cum laude, American History), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MA, Folklore), an Georgia State University (MFA, Photography). A native of Kentucky, his books include Sacred Space:  Photographs from the Mississippi Delta (1993), which received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Photography; Deaf Maggie Lee Sayre':  Photographs of a River Life (1995); Faulkner's World:  The Photographs of Martin J. Dain (1997); and Local Heroes Changing America: Indivisible (2000).  He is the co-director and co-producer of the documentary film Powerhouse for God.  His photographs have been collected and published, and included in numerous exhibitions.  He is a frequent writer and lecturer on southern art, culture, and the documentary tradition.

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EDUCATION

1987                       MFA, Photography. Georgia State University.

1983                       MA, Folklore. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

1980                       BA, American History, summa cum laude. Tufts University.

1978-80               Photography, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston , MA .

 

 

 

 

Jeff Whetstone was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and has been photographing and writing about the relationship between man and nature since he received a Zoology degree from Duke University in 1990. Whetstone served for five years as an artist-in residence at Appalshop, Inc., a media arts center located in coalfields of eastern Kentucky. While working at Appalshop, Whetstone was the project director for the Before the Flood exhibition that premiered at the National Folk Festival. His photographs and writing have been featured in Southern ChangesDoubleTakeSouthern ExposureDaylight Magazine and elsewhere.

Jeff Whetstone was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and has been photographing and writing about the relationship between man and nature since he received a Zoology degree from Duke University in 1990. Whetstone served for five years as an artist-in residence at Appalshop, Inc., a media arts center located in coalfields of eastern Kentucky. While working at Appalshop, Whetstone was the project director for the Before the Flood exhibition that premiered at the National Folk Festival. His photographs and writing have been featured in Southern ChangesDoubleTakeSouthern ExposureDaylight Magazine and elsewhere.

After receiving his MFA in photography from Yale in 2001, he was awarded the prestigious Sakier Prize for photography. Since then, his work has been exhibited internationally and received reviews in The Village Voice,New York TimesNew Yorker Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. Whetstone teaches at the Art Department of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Whetstone was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 for a body of work entitled, New Wilderness. In 2008 Whetstone was award the Factor Prize for Southern Art. Jeff Whetstone is represented by Julie Saul Gallery, NY; Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, LA and Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta.

 

Christopher Sims was born in Michigan and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He has an undergraduate degree in history from Duke University, a master’s degree in visual communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a M.F.A. in studio art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He worked as a photo archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and currently teaches photography at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

His most recent exhibitions include shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Houston Center for Photography, the Light Factory, the Southeastern Center for

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Contemporary Art, and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. His recent project on Guantanamo Bay was featured in The Washington Post, the BBC World Service, Roll Call, and Flavorwire. In 2010, he was selected as the recipient of the Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers.

 

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REPRESENTATION

Ann Stewart Fine Art

501 E. Franklin Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

919.967.8817

 

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Washington, DC 20001            Clark Gallery       145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, MA 01773

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EDUCATION

2008   Instructor, Colorado State University, Photo
2007   Adjunct Instructor, Sabbatical Replacement, Colorado State University, Beginning and Advanced Photo
2006   Instructor, UT-Austin, Beginning Photo
2006   Visiting Lecturer, FotoFest, Houston TX
2005   Graduate Teaching Assistant, UT-Austin
2004   Graduate Teaching Assistant, UT-Austin

2009   Visiting Lecturer, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
2008   Instructor, Colorado State University, Photo
2007   Adjunct Instructor, Sabbatical Replacement, Colorado State University, Beginning and Advanced Photo
2006   Instructor, UT-Austin, Beginning Photo
2006   Visiting Lecturer, FotoFest, Houston TX
2005   Graduate Teaching Assistant, UT-Austin
2004   Graduate Teaching Assistant, UT-Austin

 

SELECTED GROUP AND SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010
24th International Juried Show, Visual Arts Center New Jersey, Juried by Susan Kismaric
2010 FotoFest Biennial Print Auction, FotoFest, Houston TX

2009
Finalist, Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
History of the Hatton, Clara Hatton Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO
2008
Solo Exhibition: Directions Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO
2007
From Accordion Pleats, University of Virginia Art Gallery, Charlottesville VA
New American Talent: 22, Juried by Anne Ellegood, Arthouse, Austin TX
coda, UT Visual Art Center, Austin, TX
2006 
Native Sons, FotoFest, Houston, TX
Impossible Exchange, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
Solo Exhibition: Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA 
Making it Together. Creative Research Laboratory, Austin, TX
Three Photographers, Gallery 3 at the Co-op, Austin, TX
2005
No Place Like Home, Gallery 3 at the Co-op, Austin, TX
Fever, Creative Research Laboratory, Austin, TX

 

Emmet Gowin

Emmet Gowin (born 1941 in Danville, Virginia) is an American photographer.

After graduating from Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University) in 1965, Gowin attended the Rhode Island School of DesignWhile earning his MFA, Gowin studied under influential American photographers Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind.

Gowin retired from teaching at Princeton University at the end of 2009 and lives in Pennsylvania with his wife Edith.

Career

Gowin first gained attention with his intimate portraits of his wife, Edith and family. His almost exclusive use of a large format camera led to both optical and darkroom experiments. Using a 4×5 lens with an 8×10 camera allowed Gowin to expose the full image circle, surrounded by a dramatic vignette, in his family portraits and rural landscapes.

Beginning with a trip to Washington state soon after Mt. Saint Helens erupted, Gowin began taking aerial photographs. For the next twenty years, Gowin captured strip mining sites, nuclear testing fields, large-scale agricultural fields and other scars in the natural landscape.

Gowin received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1977 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1979, and Pew Fellowships in the Arts in 1994.

 

Images from Edith in Panama Series