May 19, 2011
Five graduating students earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree showcase their work in the Vachon Gallery May 20 – June 12, 2011.
Participating students, each with unique personal style, represent the
graduating class from the BFA degree program in Photography. This degree
program is a partnership between Seattle University and the Photographic Center
Northwest. The exhibit begins with an opening ceremony on May 20 from 5:00 – 8:00
The featured photographers exhibit highlights:
Heath BraunIn Anamnesis, Heath Braun presents his collection
of images that are at once nostalgic and surreal. Transforming remembrance into
a ritual act, Braun explores personal symbolism and mythology while altering
and reconstructing memory into dreamlike landscapes and fantastical scenes.
Melissa Ettman In Cutaneous Record, Melissa Ettman explores the
vulnerability of our skin to trauma, time and misunderstanding. Through close
inspection of damage, age, color and modification, she presents pieces of
individual’s stories leading the viewer to project their own assumptions and
Cody GoodfellowIn The OXY Trap, Cody Goodfellow shows us how
devastating a legal pharmaceutical drug can be. OxyContin is a prescription
painkiller that has destroyed the lives of many through addiction, crime, and
many times resulting in death. In Goodfellow's home town of Tacoma,Washington,
OxyContin has sunk it's teeth deeper than imaginable. However, most don't
realize the enormous gateway potential of the drug. In his documentation,
Goodfellow shows us the highs, the lows, and the collective faces of OxyContin.
Molly Magee In no•e•gen•e•sis, Molly Magee delves in to the
surrealism of childhood behaviors and perceptions.She considers the
desensitized nature of adult interactions, and cultivates a renewed awareness
of sensory experience in daily life. Magee has created an oddly enticing and
familiar world which reacquaints the viewer with the spontaneity in routine,
and challenges viewers to reminisce and create anew.
Tania Stearns In her collection (exhibit picture above) Luminous Lives, Tania Stearns
documents her generation through formal portraiture that focuses on
self-reflection and perception. Stearns encourages her subjects to explore ways
in which to reveal themselves in front of her lens, while ultimately she
chooses the final image. The project challenges notions of authenticity and the
nature of artistic collaboration.
The College of Arts
and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle
University, offers 33 major and 37 minor degree programs
for undergraduates and 7 advanced degrees, including an MFA in Arts Leadership.
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