July 28, 2010
15 of my newest portraits, part of the Special Collections and Circus Archive at Illinois State, are now on view on the first floor of the Milner Library at ISU!
Last March I had the privilege of photographing backstage at the Barnum and Bailey Circus as they performed in Moline, IL. My friend from Bennington College, Jonathan, had been working as the traveling educator with the circus for quite some time, and I was excited to see him and visit with his students to discuss photography. I showed the group my Moweaqua portfolio, and we talked about what makes “home” a home, photographing things that only they get to see in their travels and how diverse America can be, depending on whose viewpoint it is coming from. Needless to say, I left my copy of the Americans behind for their traveling library .
After visiting the classes, and taking several class pictures, I spent the next two days backstage during shows, talking with performers, vendors, technicians and staff about their work with Barnum and Bailey. Everyone was so welcoming, and willing to participate that I felt extremely inspired and fortunate.
I can’t thank everyone enough- from the subjects to the circus itself, Jonathan to the folks at the Circus archive at ISU- for their gracious support. We had a good time selecting images from the archive to accompany the new portraits- I can’t begin to explain what a treasure trove is on the 6th floor of Milner! Enjoy, and thank you again everyone for making this show possible!
July 8, 2010
This weekend I will be sitting around in my rocking chair (within a pretty swanky tent) and selling some AMAZING (and affordable) prints at the Sugar Creek Arts Festival. Come say hi (booth 101, right by the Children’s Museum in Uptown Normal) and check out the huge gathering of great artists, music and food!
More details about Sugar Creek can be found at: http://www.mcaart.org/mcac/html/sugarcreek.html
June 4, 2010
Jesus On a Coatrack (2008) is on display at Illinois State this summer as part of the Permanent Collection Exhibition- surrounded by amazing artwork from an impressive collection! You can find more details about the show at http://www.cfa.ilstu.edu/galleries/
It’s quite an honor to be included in this show and the collection, it was a surprise to see my piece next to two of my favorite artists!
May 20, 2010
You might think that I’ve forgotten how to blog these past two months, but I assure you I’m just playing catch-up after a really busy final semester and preparing a show of 29 images from Moweaqua. Before I move on from ISU (and bring the show down to Moweaqua), I thought I’d share the set-up from Gallery 2 at ISU. Yes, I even managed to include my favorite Moweaqua ashtray into the gallery….
March 21, 2010
Please come join us March 30th at University Galleries at Illinois State University for the opening of my MFA show, titled “The One and Only: Photographs from Moweaqua”. A good time will be had by all!
The show will be at ISU until April 3rd. Gallery hours are listed below.
After this the work can be seen at my gallery in Moweaqua, and hopefully at a few arts festivals this summer. I can’t thank everyone in Moweaqua and at ISU enough for their support, participation and love during this process. I hope that I’ve done you all proud!
February 7, 2010
Now that the game is over, and the calls can be disputed, I can walk away from my radio (yes, I listened to the Super Bowl on AM) and remember that more importantly, I was a SUPERGIRL for a day! (Or better yet, 5 of my self-portraits were Super-Mrs?)
This awesome event for women took place at Lincoln Land College in Jacksonville and featured local vendors, fun activities for all ages and amazing artwork, including the Mrs. Series by yours truly. I love when my “girls” get out to meet the public, they really hate being cooped up at home!
A huge thanks to Clare of the Imagine Foundation of Jacksonville who curated the show (http://imaginefoundation.homestead.com/) who also gave me a warm bed when I was stranded in Jacksonville, and to the folks who organized the event at Lincoln Land. I’m looking forward to returning again and talking to you all soon!