Artist Statement

My practice tends to be labor intensive and process oriented rejecting the ubiquity of today's photography.The work I do is diverse and encompasses a number of techniques from camera less concrete image making to traditional and alternative processes.  With my more abstract work I am very interested in alternative forms of documentation and ontology of the image focusing on what an image is and what it can be. With that I seek to challenge conventional thought about the photographic object to get down to the basic elements required for an image.  In my representational, straight, photographic work, themes I tend to focus on are the dichotomy between man and nature, the sublime, and place. 

 

EDUCATION

2017                 MFA, Creative Photography. University of Florida              

2012                 BFA, Art. Valdosta State University. Cum Laude, Dean’s List

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2013-2018          Staff Photographer/Team captain. Iconic Photography Group

2011-2018          Freelance Photographer.

2014-2017          Instructor of Record. University of Florida

2011-2013          Technician/monitor for Photography teaching labs. Valdosta State University

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017                 Armstrong National 2-D Art Exhibition, Armstrong University. Savannah, GA. 

2017                 Re-Generation, Cedar Key Arts Center. Cedar Key, FL. Group Invitational

2017                 Elemental Light National Juried Exhibition, Alex Ferrone Gallery. Cutchogue, NY. 

2017                 St. Tammany Art Assoc. 52nd Juried Artists Exhibition, Covington, LA. Juried 

2017                 BIOTIC, H Gallery, Ventura, CA. Group Invitational Show

2017                 The Quiet Landscape, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT. Juried Show

2017                 Sense of Place, Gertrude Herbert Art Institute. Augusta, GA. Juried Show

2017                 Gregory Harris Selects Ted & Gloria Maloof Gallery. Atlanta, GA. Juried Show

2017                 27th Annual All Florida Court House Cultural Center. Stuart, FL Juried Show

2017                 Cross Creek Rising Thomas Center Galleries. Gainesville, FL. Juried Show

2017                 Trinity Art Show Beatnik Studios. Sacramento, CA. Juried Show

2017                 Student Juried Arts Exhibition, University of Florida. Gainesville, FL. Juried Show

2017                 MFA thesis show, University of Florida. Gainesville, FL. Group Show

2015                 Student Juried Arts Exhibition, University of Florida. Gainesville, FL. Juried Show                

2015                 (Mico) Light, Display Art Gallery. Gainesville, FL. Group Show

2015                 Colquitt County Arts Center Spring Fling, Moultrie, GA. Juried Show

2014                 Sense of Place, Gertrude Herbert Art Institute. Augusta, GA. Juried Show

2013                 VSU Student Juried Competition, Valdosta State University. Valdosta, GA. Juried       

2013                 26th Annual Spring into Art, Annette Howell Turner Center for The Arts. Valdosta, GA

2013                 SWGA College Art Invitational, Albany Area Arts Council. Albany, GA. Juried 

2012                 VSU Senior Exhibition, Valdosta State University. Valdosta, GA. Group Show    

2012                 VSU Student Juried Competition, Valdosta State University. Valdosta, GA. Juried    

2012                 25th Annual Spring into Art, Annette Howell Turner Center for The Arts. Valdosta, GA.

2012                 SWGA College Art Invitational, Albany Area Arts Council. Albany, GA. Juried

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

2016-2018          Column Culture (curated by Dr. Craig Smith), Column Health, Boston, MA. Public Art

2017                   Colquitt County Arts. The Georgia Artists Exhibition. Juror

2015-2017          Graduate Student Organization of Photography, University of Florida, Treasurer

2011-2013          Volunteer Gallery Assistant, Valdosta State University Fine Arts Gallery

 

SELECTED AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

2017                    Second Place, 27th Annual All Florida, Stuart, FL

2017                    University of Florida Graduate Teaching Assistantship

2016                    University of Florida Graduate Teaching Assistantship              ­­

2015                    Jerry Cutler Travel Grant, University of Florida

2015                    Grinter Fellowship, University of Florida

2015                    University of Florida Graduate Teaching Assistantship                                                 

2014                    Grinter Fellowship, University of Florida  

2014                    University of Florida Graduate Teaching Assistantship             

2013                    First Place, Photography Category, Spring into Art, Valdosta, GA           

2013                    Honorable Mention, Photography, Spring into Art, Valdosta, GA          

2013                    ­Honorable Mention, 33rd Annual College Photography Contest

2012                    Fourth Place, VSU Student Juried Competition, Valdosta, GA

 

WORKSHOPS

2016                    Wet Plate Collodion - Valdosta State University

2015                    Wet Plate Collodion - Valdosta State University

2015                    Wet Plate Collodion - University of Florida

2012                    National Art Honor Society, hosted by VSU Dept. of Art. The Living Camera

2012                    Georgia Art Education Association, hosted by VSU Dept. of Art. The Living Camera

 

TECHNICAL SKILLS

PC/Mac platforms, Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Bridge, InDesign, Maya, Microsoft Office, Dreamweaver, Nikon/Canon, Studio/Natural lighting, Profoto, Alien Bees, Inkjet printers, Flatbed scanners, Flextight, X-rite color calibration, Zone system, Large/Medium format film processing, Darkroom printing processes/techniques, Alternative Processes, Digital Negatives, Wet Plate Collodion, Tintypes, Oil painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Printmaking, Underwater film photography, Certified Scuba Diver- Advanced, Cavern, Nitrox, Rescue, Laser cutting, Letterpress, Handmade book making, Power tools, Welding, Woodworking

 

COLLECTIONS

PhotoShelter, New York, NY

CatLABS, Boston, MA

Rob Lancefield, Middletown, CT

Matthew Sample, San Antonio, TX

Filip Lenrick, Kävlinge, Sweden

Francois Vigier, Laguna Hills, CA

Tim Massie, Niskayuna, NY

Doug Golupski, Oxnard, CA

Dan Rubin, London, UK

Clint O'Connor, Cape Coral, FL

James Popp, Elkhart Lake, WI

James Cockroft, Irving, TX

Peter Dolan, Mountain View, CA

David Hancock, Concord, CA

Aaron Brethorst, Seattle, WA

Ashley Fuchs, Gainesville, FL

Bryan Garris, Dahlonega, GA

 

AFFILIATIONS

SPE. Society for Photographic Educators

CAA. College Art Association

Phi Theta Kappa. National Honor Society

PADI. Open Water Diver Certification

TDI. Cavern Diver Certification

SEI. Nitrox Diver Certification

NAUI. Advanced Diver Certification

NAUI. Rescue Diver Certification

GSOP. Graduate Student Organization of Photography

NFSA. North Florida Springs Alliance

 

 


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