Summer 2011 courses!

Digital Photography II - Manipulations
PHTC 2349.204 Instructor - Kirk Williams
Summer Session I June 7 to July 8
Monday - Thursday 09:20 AM to 2:50 PM

Click here for detailed course information!

Landscape Photography: Photographing Northern New Mexico
PHTC 1347.999 Instructor - Steve Goff
Summer Session II Trip scheduled for July 25-29

Photographing Northern New Mexico, is extended over the second Summer Session that includes a pre-trip orientation, a 5 day field trip to La Madera, New Mexico and post trip meetings, lab work and critiques. The pre-trip meeting is on Monday, June 6th in SH 202 at 1 p.m. The field trip is from July 25-29. There will be daily field trips to photograph the natural landscape of Northern New Mexico and trips into Santa Fe and Taos to visit photography museums and galleries. Consent of the instructor is required prior to registering. For more information about the course and the trip, click here.


OC students and faculty to exhibit in the
10th Annual High and Dry Exhibition in Lubbock

Odessa College photography students and faculty have works accepted in the 10th annual High and Dry: A Photographic Exhibition of Peoples and Places of the World’s Dry Lands at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Photo majors Emily Sotelo, Amanda Dorsett, Jasmine Peters, Fran Sherpa and Rebecca Tucker each had one photograph accepted in the competition along with OC adjunct faculty Beckwith Thompson and program chair Steve Goff. All accepted participants were part of the OC summer landscape trip to northern New Mexico this past August. All of the accepted works were created during the week long trip to photograph the landscape and visit photography museums and galleries in Santa Fe. Students and faculty will attend the opening reception in Lubbock on December 10 and see Juror Roy Flukinger talk about the exhibit. The photographic competition at the International Cultural Center runs through January 14, 2011. Click here to view all images in the exhibition.

 


 

Click here to view OC Workshop images

Visiting Artist Alison Hahn to conduct workshops at OC August 27-29, 2010

The workshop will begin on Friday with an Artist’s Lecture that discusses the conceptual and technical nature of her recent photographic work, a brief introduction to the scanner as a camera and an inspirational writing exercise to generate ideas for scanner imagery. An all day workshop on Saturday will provide an extended introduction to using the scanner creatively and hands-on opportunities for participants to create scanner images as part of a fine art portfolio.  On Sunday, the program will conclude with an introduction to Color Management seminar. Workshop hours are 1:30 to 6:00pm on Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm Saturday and 9:00am to noon Sunday. The workshops are free for OC students and staff as well as the community. Please call 335-6497 or email sgoff@odessa.edu to reserve a seat in the workshop for any or all of the three days. The workshop is in the Photography area in Sedate Hall, room 201. Please enter the building from the south or west doors.

Participants are encouraged to bring any of these suggested objects to scan:

  • Personal memorabilia
  • Personal artwork – photographs, paintings, drawing, sketches, canvas, glass, ceramics etc.
  • Clothing, jewelry, accessories
  • Pictures – color or black and white, vintage or recent family photos
  • Fabrics for textures and backgrounds
  • Foodstuffs (no sloppy liquids)
  • Hardware, gears, nails, screws, springs, wire
  • Household items
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Plants, insects, objects from nature
  • Body parts -face, head, hands, feet
  • Flash light or other light source for added illumination during the scan

Alison Hahn is Assistant Professor of Art at Minnesota State University, Moorhead.  She holds an MFA in Photography and Intermedia from Texas Woman's University and a BA in Art and Anthropology from the University of North Texas.  Her environmentally based photographs explore issues of loss, absence and transformation and draw attention to the natural world as visual metaphors for memory, narrative, and the inner life. Her photographs and book art have been widely exhibited and her work is in many public and private collections, including the San Diego Art Institute.

Click here to view her scanned images

Click here to view her website

Click here to view OC Workshop images

OC students and faculty exhibit in the 9th Annual High and Dry Exhibition in Lubbock

Odessa College photography students and faculty have works accepted in the 9th annual High and Dry: A Photographic Exhibition of Peoples and Places of the World’s Dry Lands at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Photo majors Anna Reid, Julian Mancha, Fran Sherpa and Kathleen Mahoney (Honorable Mention) each had one photograph accepted in the competition along with OC adjunct faculty Kirk Williams (1st Place Award!), Beckwith Thompson and program chair Steve Goff (Honorable Mention). All accepted participants were part of the OC summer landscape trip to northern New Mexico this past August. All of the accepted works were created during the trip to photograph the landscape and visit photography museums and galleries in Santa Fe. Students and faculty will travel to see the exhibit in Lubbock on December 4. Click here to view all images in the exhibition.


High and Dry at International Cultural Center

High and Dry, a juried exhibition that attracted 413 images by photographers from New York to California, consists of seventy images by sixty one photographers, all of whom were asked to respond to some aspect of life in an arid or a semiarid region. Images were shot in regions as remote and exotic as Rajasthan, India and Petra, Jordan, and as close and familiar as Fluvanna, Texas and El Rito, New Mexico. It is our hope that these images will not only prompt aesthetic appreciation but also elicit reflection upon the realities of life on our increasingly thirsty planet. The exhibit is on view at Texas Tech University’s International Cultural Center through January 15, 2010. Click here for viewing images in the exhibition. Click here for exhibition statement.

Diane Griffin Gregory, this year’s juror, is a founding member of Caslin, Gregory & Associates, Consultants for Arts and Culture in Houston, TX. The firm serves the visual and performing arts communities through grant writing, career coaching, and professional workshops. She was administrative director at the Houston Center for Photography and formerly served in various capacities for Art League Houston, including interim executive director. She received a BA in French and a BA in studio art from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX.

Bracken Cave by Bill Wright


OC students do portfolio reviews in Lubbock

Odessa College photography student Kathleen Mahoney talks with Jean Caslin during Portfolio Reviews in Lubbock December 5, 2009. OC students and faculty traveled to the Texas Tech University campus to participate in the reviews conducted by Caslin and Diane Gregory of Caslin Gregory & Associates. During the workshop students and faculty participated in creating an effective "Artist Statement."


OC Photography graduate receives MFA degree.

Odessa native and OC photography graduate Valerie Ontiveros has earned her MFA degree from Texas Woman's University in Denton. Her MFA Graduate Exhibition, Botanical Wonderland: the Human Perception, is now on view at The Women's Museum in Dallas through May 24, 2009. The Reception is May 15 at the Museum. Valerie is a 1995 Permian graduate. She received her AAS degree from OC in 2003 and her BFA from the University of North Texas in 2005. We are very proud of Valerie and her accomplishments!

Click here to see her MFA flyer


Childhood: An International Photo Exhibition opens in Options Gallery. Juried by Jamie Lee Curtis.

Juror Jamie Lee Curtis selected an outstanding exhibition of images that captured, as she said in her Juror's Statement, the "essence, joy, pain, play, boredom, frustration, elation of childhood." A total of 2,240 images were submitted by 374 artists. Entries came from 11 countries: Israel, Canada, Germany, Spain, Croatia, Netherlands, Greece, England, South Korea, Japan, United States and Bangladesh. The show premiered at the Dougherty Art Center in Austin, Texas from January 7–28. The exhibit in Options Gallery will run from February 8 through May 28.

For a list of accepted artist and awards, click here.

For a view of all accepted entries in the exhibit, click here.

Options Gallery is located in the Learning Resources Center on the campus of Odessa College. Call 432-335-6639 for Gallery hours.


Summer 2010 courses!

Digital Photography II - Manipulations
PHTC 2349.204 Instructor - Kirk Williams
Summer Session I June 7 to July 8
Monday - Thursday 09:20 AM to 2:50 PM

Please note: this is a late addition to our summer offerings and the course does not appear in the printed or online schedule of classes! Click here for detailed course information!

 

Landscape Photography: Photographing Northern New Mexico
PHTC 1347.999 Instructor - Steve Goff
Summer Session II Trip scheduled for July 25-29

Photographing Northern New Mexico, is extended over the second Summer Session that includes a pre-trip orientation, a 5 day field trip to La Madera, New Mexico and post trip meetings, lab work and critiques. The pre-trip meeting is on Monday, June 7 in SH 202 at 1 p.m. The field trip is from July 25-29. There will be daily field trips to photograph the natural landscape of Northern New Mexico and trips into Santa Fe and Taos to visit photography museums and galleries. Consent of the instructor is required prior to registering. For more information about the course and the trip, click here.

Click here for Registration and Course information


Exhibitions: Options Gallery at Odessa College

The photographic exhibition Botanical Wonderland: the Human Perception, will open in Options Gallery on Monday August 31. Valerie Ontiveros, an Odessa native and OC Photography graduate, earned her MFA degree from Texas Woman's University in Denton just this past spring. Her MFA Graduate Exhibition, Botanical Wonderland: the Human Perception, was shown at The Women's Museum in Dallas during the month of May. Valerie is a 1995 Permian graduate. She received her AAS degree from OC in 2003 and her BFA from the University of North Texas in 2005. Valerie will speak with our photography students this fall about her educational experiences. We are very proud of her accomplishments!


Exhibitions: Options Gallery at Odessa College

Platinum/Palladium and Pigment prints by R. Kim Rushing and Quilts by Mollie Rushing are on display in the Options Gallery now through August 14, 2009. The Options gallery is located in the Learning Resources Center (LRC) on the campus of Odessa College. Please call 432-335-6640 for Gallery hours.

R. Kim Rushing is a Mississippi native that studied photography at East Tennessee State University and the University of Texas. He started the first photography program in Mississippi in 1992. He says his images are observations made during my daily life that sometime elude to the choices people make. The images in this exhibit represent two bodies of work that just happen to be presented in two different techniques; platinum palladium prints and archival inkjet prints.


 

Mollie Rollins Rushing has been working with quilt patterns, fabric and textures for her entire art career. The media has changed over the years but the patterns have not. Finally after reviewing all of her journals she came to this realization and putting the two together she has begun to work within the fiber tradition. The images she is presenting come from patterns in her journals as well as photographs. She is head of the Art Education Department at Delta State University, Cleveland, MS.

 


OC student and faculty exhibit works in Vermont competition

Odessa College Photography 2008 graduate Abby Benizio and faculty members Kirk William and Steve Goff had works accepted in Nature's Whispers, Nature's Shouts: Photographing the Natural World at the Vermont Photogfaphy Workplace. The competition was juried by Kirsten Hoving, the Charles A. Dana Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Middlebury College and Founding Director, VPW. the exhibit will be shown June 20-Jult 11, 2009.

Abby Benizio Steve Goff Kirk Williams

Click here to see list of accepted entries.


Summer 2009 courses!

Digital Photography II - Manipulations
PHTC 2349.204 Instructor - Kirk Williams
Summer Session I June 2 to July 2
Monday - Thursday 12:50 - 5:20

Please note: this is a late addition to our summer offerings and the course does not appear in the printed or online schedule of classes! Click here for detailed course information!

 

Landscape Photography: Photographing Northern New Mexico
PHTC 1347.999 Instructor - Steve Goff
Summer Session II

Photographing Northern New Mexico, is extended over the second Summer Session that includes a pre-trip orientation, a 5 day field trip to La Madera, New Mexico and post trip meetings, lab work and critiques. The pre-trip meeting is on Tuesday, June 2 in SH 202 at 7 p.m. The field trip is from July 20-24. There will be daily field trips to photograph the natural landscape of Northern New Mexico and trips into Santa Fe and Taos to visit photography museums and galleries. Consent of the instructor is required prior to registering. For more information about the course and the trip, click here.

Click here for Registration and Course information

Our Town: Odessa

Jean Watson Mark Swindler Elias Cervantez

D. Clarke Evans

Over 16,000 towns and 1,200 incorporated cities are listed in the Texas Almanac. The places are as varied as the Texas landscape. To celebrate the people and places of Texas, the Texas Photographic Society (TPS) will hold three sequential photographic workshops in designated cities. Each year, TPS plans to host 3 or more workshops in cities and small towns throughout the state. Odessa is the second TPS destination, preceded by Amarillo. Future workshops are planned for Longview and Galveston. Each workshop location will culminate with a local exhibition. TPS is working to secure funding for a catalog of the Odessa exhibition. The Odessa event will be held in the spring and subsequent workshops will be offered thru the summer. The courses are designed sequentially to build upon each other but may be taken individually. While this program will concentrate on Odessa, anyone may take the workshops and enter the exhibition. The strength of the Our Town project is Texans interpreting the uniqueness of their immediate area. Participants will be encouraged to take all the workshops, but this will not be necessary for inclusion in the exhibit and/or catalogue. The workshops will be held in the Photography Department at Odessa College. Details for the workshops and the Call for Entries will be mailed to interested parties and is posted on the TPS and Odessa College website. TPS will engage local media outlets during the workshops and subsequent exhibitions. Our goal will be to have the workshop participants' images and text reprinted in local newspapers (Odessa American and Midland Reporter Telegram) and online. For additional information on Our Town: Odessa contact Steve Goff at 432-335-6497 or sgoff@odessa.edu. Class meets in Sedate Hall room 202 of Odessa College. 432-335-6497. To register for a Our Town: Odessa, go to the TPS website www.texasphoto.org and click on TPS Fee Payment/Workshop on the leftindex bar. Or call Clarke 210-824-4123. Each workshop is $125.

The Workshops

Lance Keimig – Pembroke, Massachusetts
Odessa at Night
May 10 & 11

REGISTRATION CLOSED: CLASS IS FULL!!!

Night Photography is about the compression of time into a single moment, as represented by the image captured – be it a minute, or an hour. The camera records the passage of time in a way that we cannot ourselves perceive. With this in mind, we will venture out and photograph our community from a new perspective. New technologies in photography have made Night Photography more accessible and popular than ever. Digital cameras allow for instant feedback that can serve as a guide for determining exposures, but there is more to successful night photography than just exposure. Contrast, atmosphere, light sources, equipment choices, painting with light, and subject matter at night are some of the things this class will cover.

During the workshop, we will explore the world of Night Photography, with both film and digital cameras. During the two night sessions, participants will create a body of nocturnal images in a variety of locations. From relatively short exposures of a few seconds, to exposures of an hour or more, we will explore the range of possibilities of Night Photography. There will be a presentation of both historical and contemporary night photography, discussions of the technical and aesthetic considerations and equipment choices, a demonstration of light painting techniques, and plenty of time to photograph. Lance Keimig is a commercial photographer and teacher in the Boston area. He leads photography workshops in Scotland and around the United States. His textbook, Night Photography, is being published by Focal Press and wil be released in 2010. Learn more about Lance at www.thenightskye. com and www.flickr.com/photos/skyephoto

 

 

 

Angilee Wilkerson – Denton, Texas
Environmental Portrait Lighting
August 22 & 23

The Environmental Portrait workshop teaches strategies for constructing images communicating identity with eloquence and passion. Participants will learn how to utilize light, both natural and with simplistic flash, and the subject’s familiar and natural surroundings to create mood, build narratives, and capture emotions and gestures. The workshop will consist of a visual presentation on the environmental portrait, location lighting, and group discussions. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to go on location with the instructor for the purpose of photographing human subjects together with the West Texas landscape. The interactive class will provide ample opportunity to expand one’s technical skills with exposure, perspective, and composition. Most importantly, by studying the subject in his or her environment, students will learn how to engage individuals in a photographically meaningful way, thereby making possible genuinely insightful human portraits. Angilee Wilkerson lives and works in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. She is an artist, University instructor, and professional editorial photographer. Angilee has participated in more than 30 national and regional exhibitions since 2002, including five solo shows. Learn more about Angliee at www.angilee.com

Bob Howen & Randy Gay– San Antonio, Texas
HDRI - Concepts and Practice April 10 & 11, 2010 9:00am to 5:00pm

The year 2000 ushered in a host of changes. For photographers the changes were huge and they are still coming. The release of Nikon's D1 SLR with a 2.7MB sensor at less than half the price of the Kodak DCS 2MB camera was a major event. Now, ten years later, we are seeing SLR's with over 20MB sensors and a laundry list of incredible features. During this same time period there have been equally dramatic advances in image processing software. Today photographers have the capability to capture available light images that were virtually impossible in the past.

This workshop will provide participants a basic workflow for selecting, capturing and processing multi-shot High Dynamic Range Images (HDRI). Instruction will include both classroom and field presentations.
*Topics include:
*Problems with “available light” photography;
*HDRI-Theory, Applications and Limitations;
*Evaluating scenes for HDR captures;
*Camera setup and shooting techniques;
*Image transfers, organization and processing in Lightroom
*Other multi-image software options
*Special Interest HDR-Single Image, Action, Panoramas

Bob Howen: Bob has been an award winning video producer and photographer since the mid 1980's. His photography is showcased in numerous exhibitions including a permanent exhibition in the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Bob also participated in the FotoSeptiembre 2007. His images can be found in numerous professional offices, banks and corporate offices in San Antonio. Website: www.bobhowenphotography.com

Randy Gay: Randy has 20 years of experience in digital imaging, color management, and digital printing. He prints all of his own work as well as the work of many well-known photographers. His commercial clients include USAA, SWBC, City of San Antonio, La Quinta Inn San Antonio, Catholic Life Insurance, Christus Santa Rosa Hospital System, Stewart Title Corp., and Valero Energy Corporation. Website: www.randygay.com

Cost of the two day workshop is $125. registration is completed online with the Texas Photographic Society by clicking here

 

 

 



Alternative Processes, 2008: A Traveling Exhibition premieres in Options Gallery

Alternative Processes, 2008: A Traveling Exhibition opened in Options Gallery January 5, 2009. Fine art photographer, author and teacher Christopher James, from Boston MA., has selected 50 photographs (download .pdf for autoplay) submitted by 85 artists. A total of 596 images, 439 digital and 57 slides were offered by the artists for the national competition. The exhibit is sponsored by The Texas Photographic Society and will be on display in the Gallery through March 27, 2009

All the photographs in the exhibit were made using historical and/or alternative processes including albumen, collotype, kallitype, Lazertran, anthotype, Ziatype, carbon, Argyrotype, cyanotype, daguerreotype, gum bichromate, salted paper, photogravure, platinum and palladium, van dyke, hand applied emulsions, wet-plate collodion, and combinations of all of the above. No digital, c-prints, Polaroid® or solvent transfers, or gelatin silver prints will be accepted unless combined with an alternative process.

According to James, “This is such an amazing and exciting time in the history of photography. As it has done since the beginning, the medium is making a great sea change, a transition from the comfortable way it has been, incorporating the best of its traditions and history in concert with the new digital technologies. As a result, alternative process image making is undergoing,
in a very real way, a renaissance. The creative opportunities of alternative photographic processes have been, until recently, relatively unexplored territory for the contemporary artist… that’s changing rapidly. Alternative process image making has never been so popular and as the technical democracy of digital imaging dominates the majority of the medium, visually creative artists
and photographers, of all ages, and disciplinary backgrounds, are actively exploring modes of photographic expression that are not solely dependent on commercially packaged materials. These artists are formulating, and hand applying, their own sensitizers, and emulsions, and returning to the exploratory roots of light-writing. They are embracing the possibilities of the hand-made print; the marriage of nineteenth century craft, science, and romanticism in concert with twenty-first century technologies and conceptual perceptions."

Christopher James is an internationally known artist and photographer whose paintings and alternative process images have been exhibited in galleries and museums in this country and abroad. His work has been published and shown extensively, including shows in The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The George Eastman House, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His book, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes (Delmar, 2001) has received unprecedented critical acclaim, was the winner of The Golden Light Technical Book of the Year award, and has become the standard reference text in alternative process image making. His second, and significantly expanded, edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes: 2nd Edition was released in February 2008. Christopher, after 13 years at Harvard University, is currently Professor and Chair of Photography at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.

Options Gallery is located in the Learning Resources Center on the campus of Odessa College. Call 432-335-6639 for Gallery hours.


Former OC photography students selected for Alternative Processes exhibit

OC photography graduates Sherita Reno, Gina Francell and Lawrence Francell, all with A.A.S. degrees, had work accepted in this national competition. All three are close to completing their BFA degree from UTPB. Their work for this exhibit was created in the OC Expressive photography course. To see the entire exhibit click here (download .pdf for autoplay).


Exhibitions: San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

Mexico's Master Photographer: Manuel Álvarez Bravo Photographs from the Dave Hills Collection. January 29 - April 5, 2009. samfa.org/exhibits.htm

 


Russell Lee Photographs. January 29 - April 5, 2009. samfa.org/exhibits.htm

 


OC students and faculty to exhibit in the
8th Annual High and Dry Exhibition in Lubbock

Odessa College photography students and faculty have works accepted in the 8th annual High and Dry: A Photographic Exhibition of Peoples and Places of the World’s Dry Lands at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Photo majors Abby Benizio (Honorable Mention Award), Julian Mancha, Kayla Holsworth and Amy Stoker each had one photograph accepted in the competition along with OC adjunct faculty Kirk Williams, Beckwith Thompson and program chair Steve Goff. All accepted participants were part of the OC summer landscape trip to northern New Mexico this past August. All of the accepted works were created during the week long trip to photograph the landscape and visit photography museums and galleries in Santa Fe. Students and faculty will attend the opening reception in Lubbock on December 5. Click here to view images in the exhibition.


High and Dry at International Cultural Center

One hundred and forty–one photographers from across the United States and Canada submitted a total of 499 images to High and Dry: A Photographic Exhibition of Peoples and Places of the World’s Dry Lands. This year’s juror was D. Clarke Evans, President of the Texas Photographic Society. Subjects in the eighty-image exhibition range from the desert oases of Egypt to workers in China’s semiarid cotton-growing region to the people, animals, and landscapes of the American Southwest. The exhibition will be on view at Texas Tech’s International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana, from November 21 through January 15, 2009 (M-F, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.—closed during TTU holidays). The opening reception will take place at the International Cultural Center on December 5 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. During the reception, internationally-known photographer and educator Keith Carter will give a talk in the auditorium at 6:00 p.m., after which he will sign copies of his latest book, A Certain Alchemy (TTU Press). For more information, call (806) 742-2974. Click here to view images in the exhibition.


Summer Landscape Course

Photographing New Mexico, is extended over the second Summer Session that includes a pre-trip orientation, a 7 day field trip to Ruidoso and La Madera, New Mexico and post trip meetings, lab work and critiques. The pre-trip meeting is on Wednesday, June 4 in SH 202 at 7 p.m. The field trip is from August 2 - 8. There will be daily field trips to photograph the natural landscape of Southern and Northern New Mexico and trips into Santa Fe and Taos to visit photography museums and galleries. A prerequisite for this course is ARTS 2356 or COMM 1318 (basic B&W photography) or consent of the instructor. COURSE IS FULL!
Click here
is see work from previous trips


Exhibitions: Evelyn's

 

On December 6, 1999 I was forced to say goodbye to, in my eyes, the greatest woman that ever walked the face of the earth. I was alone, holding her hand as I did many times before. A powerful, magical presence always radiated from within her soul that could scare off any dilemma of mine. Nearly everything to her could be related to a song. Some of my most poignant memories are of her singing to me songs by Patsy Cline. This just could not be real. Evelyn Campbell. My mother. At that moment a hospital volunteer delivered a letter from my Mom’s lifelong friend,Jane Tuft, who had been unaware of her condition. Mom’s heart stopped beating while I read these few lines to her:

Dearest Evelyn,
Just a note to let you know how hard I am praying for your complete recovery. I went toyour house to see you today, but somehow the house seemed lonesome. I knocked on thefront and back doors. When I got no answer, I wrote you a note. . .

Mom did not embrace death, and to me she was the idealism of a giving life. A dedicated teacher, her resonance left several challenging tasks for me to complete in my life. For the next year and a half, the care of my disabled father became my brother’s and my responsibility, as Dad could not manage by himself. My wife and I took Dad in to our home in Longview, Texas. As often as we could, my father and I would make the 90-mile journey through Northeast Texas to their house in the small farming community of Clarksville. The visits to the house gave him a sense of place during a very uncertain, upside-down time in his life. His wish was to keep the house intact, as if he and Mom still lived there. Within those walls Dad allowed time to stand mysteriously still. During these visits, time and time again, the house revealed her relentless presence to us. Flower bulbs stored in the garage over winter were ready to plant. An unfinished “to do” list was left in a kitchen drawer. Her hairbrush on the dresser smelled of aerosol hair spray. Cooking utensils hung at attention, ready to be used. Despite neglect, the Christmas cactus on the front porch would continue to grow and bloom. Reflective surfaces retained fingerprints and smudges. Fascinated, I started to photograph. As my lens probed this reality, the medium of photography afforded me a therapeutic way of saying goodbye. In fact, it was an awakening of resonant hellos. My father’s passing intensified my feelings of revealing a symbiosis of the house and Mom. I continued the visits alone. The items photographed are not of much value, even by garage sale standards. Many times I photographed what one might think of as common clutter. But each image was imbued with memory, monuments to a surviving son, and I wanted to gather them all. Within the commonness of being a good mother lies a supernatural being known as Mom. These photographic “notes” reflect my fascination, love and respect for my Mom’s life.

Evelyn's, photographs by Scott C. Campbell, is on exhibit August 4 to October 17 in Options Gallery located in the LRC of Odessa College. Click here for a video interview with Scott.


Exhibitions: Darkness, Darkness

Fran Sherpa, Lex Elliott and Steve Goff are traveling to Boston over spring break to attend the opening reception and symposium for Darkness, Darkness. The three attended the Texas Photographic Society workshop, Night Photography, in Big Bend National Park this past October. Lance Keimeg, workshop instructor, invited the OC students and instructor to show their works, along with other workshop participants and students in conjunction with his major curatorial event. Darkness, Darkness will be in the Three Column Gallery on the campus of Harvard University. www.darknessdarkness.com/index.php

Exhibitions: Mind Over Matter: Enigmatic Variations

Beckwith Thompson will have six of her Whimsey Series in a show during FotoFest 2008. The show is titled, Mind Over Matter: Enigmatic Variations, and will be in two galleries at the Houston Community College. Central’s Fine Arts Center. Also included are Tom Chambers, Sue Liska, Anne Arden McDonald, Marie Swartz and Charles Wiese. The opening will be on Thursday, March 20th, 5:30-7:30pm. Beckwith will also participate in a Gallery Talk earlier in the day. The invitation will be included in the FotoFest media kits, as well as the Meeting Place packets of reviewers and participating photographers. FOTOFEST For additional information, click here.


Competitions

You can get updated competitons announcements by joining our Competitions Email Group. Email me at sgoff@odessa.edu to be included.

TPS 18: The International Competition Cig Harvey, Associate Professor at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, is this year’s juror. She will award $1,800 in Cash prizes: First Place $ 750, Second Place $350, Third Place $200, and at her discretion, up to 5 Honorable Mention awards at $100 each. A color catalogue of of the exhibition will be printed and sent to all entrants, select museum curators and photography magazines. The exhibit will tour the state of Texas for one year. Entries due in San Antonio by June 15. Click here for more information.

TPS 17: The National Competition Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit slides or digital files of their color and black and white works to the Texas Photographic Society (TPS) by July 2, for TPS 17: The National Competition. The Exhibition will open at the Dougherty Art Center in Austin, TX in September and then tour the state of Texas for one year. For additioanl information and an entry form, click here.

Alternative Processes: A Traveling Exhibition Amateur and professional photographers were invited to submit slides of their alternative processes works to the Texas Photographic Society (TPS), for the group’s Alternative Processes Traveling Exhibition. The Exhibition will travel throughout Texas for 2 years and be available for national exhibition sites. Christopher James, and author of the Book of Alternative Photographic Processes will jury the competition. His book was the Winner of The Golden Light Technical Book of the Year Award in 2001. An exhibit catalogue will be published with exhibiting photographers receiving three copies and entrants receiving one. The catalogue will be sent to photography magazines, curators, museums and photography collector's. Click here for additional information.

Glimpses in Time Photographers working in all styles are invited to enter up to two of their images for the international juried photography exhibition Glimpses in Time. The top award recipient will receive a solo exhibition at the Joyce Gordon Gallery. Entry forms and submission guidelines can be found at: http://www.joycegordonphotographygallery.com/default2.asp Steven Wirtz, owner of the prestigious Steven Wirtz Gallery www.wirtzgallery.com in San Francisco, will be the sole juror.

Blow-Up A National Competition for Photos and Photo-Based Artwork at Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA.  Juried by Harvey Stein, New York photographer, teacher and author.  Submission Deadline: June 1, 2008. Click here for information and a prospectus.

please ring bell:  call for entries at the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle.  Deadline for entries is May 9.  See www.pcnw.org for submission guidelines.

The Photo Review Submissions betweeen May 1 - 15, 2008. See details at www.photoreview.org/compete.htm

Viewpoint

Efren Holguin, OC photo major, had a hand colored black and white photograph accepted into VIEWPOINT at the Bosque Conservatory in Clifton, Texas. Eli Reed, Magnum Photographer and Professor of Journalism at UT, juried the competition. The exhibit opens with a reception on March 29 and closes on April 26.


Exhibitions: Picturing Eden

Picturing Eden, an international exhibit organized by the George Eastman House, is on display in The Grace's Main Gallery in Abilene, TX. This exhibition of contemporary works features 37 national and international artists that include Maso Yamamoto, Lyle Gomes, Izima Kaora, Michael Kenna, Sally Mann, Han Nguyen, Mike and Doug Starn, Ruud Van Empel, and Adam Fuss.

A special panel discussion, organized by the Abilene Interfaith Council, is scheduled for April 3 at 6 p.m.

Picturing Eden will be on display through May 5.


Exhibitions: High Plains Photographer

Odessa College photography faculty Mark Swindler, Kirk Williams, Beckwith Thompson and Steve Goff have been invited to participate in High Plains Photographer at the UTPB Nancy Fyfe-Cardozier Gallery. The opening reception is Friday, March 7 from 7 to 9 pm in the Gallery. The exhibit runs from March 7 to April 13, 2008. Free and open to the public.


High and Dry Juried Exhibit

High and Dry accepted

OC photography students Lexie Elliott, Jean Watson, Abby Benizio and Lisa Green had works accepted in the annual High and Dry Photographic Exhibition at the International Cultural Center on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock. OC students and faculty attended the opening reception in December and had the opportunity to meet and talk with the Juror Norman Mauskopf. The exhibition ends January 18, 2008.


Palladium Printing: One Semester

Odessa College photography students to display palladium printing process in the Francis Fine Art gallery on the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine. Palladium Printing: One Semester represents twenty two works by students created during the spring semester Expressive photography course. Students will attend the closing reception in Alpine and conduct a printing workshop for SRSU art students and faculty. The demonstration will be in the IT Photo Lab prior to the reception. All events are free and open to the public.

Competitions

You can get updated competitons announcements by joining our Competitions Email Group. Email me at sgoff@odessa.edu to be included.

Lensbaby Submit your best Lensbaby photos for a chance to be published in a new Lensbaby book by Lensbaby Guru Corey Hilz, due out from Focal Press in the Summer of 2010. Click here for more information.

Carnival Newspace Center for Photography invites photographers to submit images for our Annual Themed Exhibition. This year, with the theme "Carnival", we are seeking work that has been shot at carnivals, fairs, celebrations or other such events with a festive atmosphere. Selected photographs will be shown in the Newspace gallery February 5th - 28th 2010. Deadline is December 18. Click here for more information.

Nature's Whispers, Nature's Shouts: Photographing the Natural World: Deadline is April 20.

Download a prospectus at www.vtphotoworkplace.com

Odessa Art Associtaion: Deadline to receive entries is March 8. Pick up an entry form and get details in the photo lab.

Works On Paper: Deadline is February 8. Download a prospectus at www.mcneeseartonline.org

Viewpoint: Dealine is February 2. Download a prospectus at www.bosqueconservatory.com/viewpoint.aspx

The Invisible Age Dealine is March 15. Download a prospectus at www.theinvisibleage.com

The Artful Nude Dealine is April 8. Download a prospectus at www.c4fap.org/cfe/2008Nude/artful.asp

The Contemporary Photograph: A National Juried Exhibition Dealine is March 20. Download a prospectus at www.shyrabbit.com/Prospectus.html

Works of Man: Deadline is April 9. Download a prospectus at www.c4fap.org

Portfolio ShowCase Volume 3: Book and Online Exhibition Dealine is April 28. Download a prospectus at www.c4fap.org

Photography and Digital Imaging Competition Deadline is May 1. Download a prospectus at http://www.photoworkshop.com/digimage_contest


Exhibitions: Animalerie

The Ellen Noel Museum in Odessa is exhibiting ANIMALERIE: Photographs by Jayne Hinds Bidaut. The exhibit will be on display at the Museum from January 9 to March 9, 2008. You can learn more about this exhibit at www.noelartmuseum.org/animalerie.html

 

 
   
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