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FACULTY FOCUS 2016

FEATURING: Steven Benson ▪ Dan Biferie ▪ Eric Breitenbach ▪ Jennifer Copp ▪ Charles Hodges ▪
Steffen Mittelhaeuser ▪ Gary Monroe ▪ Justin Nolan ▪ Patricia Lois Nuss ▪ Per Hans Romnes ▪
Jayanti Seiler ▪ Steven Spencer ▪ M. Laine Wyatt



June 8 - September 24, 2016
Exhibition Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 8, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Faculty Focus exhibitions are presented biennially and feature photographic works from faculty of the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, a joint enterprise of the photography programs at Daytona State College, the University of Central Florida (Daytona Campus) and the Southeast Museum of Photography. This year’s exhibition is a survey of new work by photography professors with Daytona State College and the University of Central Florida, Daytona Beach.  


Child and fathers back with tatoo of the child on his back.Tattoo, Costa Rica, 2013
 
STEVEN BENSON

Steven Benson has been an educator and freelance photographer for more than 30 years and has been a Professor of Photography/Video in the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies for the past 8 years. His work has been exhibited widely, including exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou and photography festivals, biennials and triennials in Argentina, South Korea, Germany, Syria, Poland, China, Denmark and FotoFest. His work is also held in numerous national and international collections. Steven is widely published, with feature articles about his work having appeared in European Photography (Germany), Katalog (Denmark), Creative Camera (England), American Photo, and South X Southeast Magazine. He has served on the National Board of Directors of the Society for Photographic Education and is currently VP on the board of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP-Greater Florida) and SNAP! SPACE Orlando and Miami.

The images presented in this exhibition address various elements of the human condition, often involving aspects of irony and unusual juxtapositions as an aesthetic strategy to convey deeper meanings.

Landscape with trees and church
Homer Presbyterian Church, Ohio, 2015
  DAN BIFERIE

Dan Biferie is an active artist and educator whose photographs have been exhibited across the United State in over 150 exhibitions, including 20 one-person shows. He has lectured and conducted workshops at numerous colleges and museums throughout the nation and received Individual Artist Fellowships from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs in 1996 and 2008, amongst other awards and recognitions.

Mr. Biferie is Program Chair and a Senior Professor in the School of Photography at Daytona State College, where he has taught for the past 41 years. He was also the founding director of the Southeast Museum of Photography (1978-1990), having organized more than 500 exhibitions, lectures, workshops and seminars during his twelve-year tenure.

For this exhibition, Dan presents new images from an ongoing series of photographs of vernacular church architecture from Florida and Ohio.


Black and white image of political signs in intersection
Untitled #10
  ERIC BREITENBACH

Eric Breitenbach has been a professor at Daytona State College, a photographer, and a filmmaker for the past 33 years. His still photographs have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Details and Newsweek magazines. He has had over 20 solo exhibitions throughout the US and is represented in permanent collections of the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In film and video, he has produced documentaries for National Geographic Television, Lifetime Television, The Sundance Channel, and both regional and national PBS. His most recent documentary, Hoppin’ Rattlesnakes, details the history of auto racing on the beaches of Volusia County and was commissioned by the Halifax Historical Society.

Eric has chosen to feature a sampling of his black & white documentary images from the 1980’s for this exhibition.


The Girl in the Hall, 2014
  JENNIFER COPP

Born in Syracuse, N.Y. in 1972, Jennifer Copp has been active in the photography and the arts since her childhood. She graduated with an MFA in Photography and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York and has her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has won two Aaron Siskind grants for her video work and has received numerous grants for her photography. She attended workshops at the Atlantic Center for the Arts with photographic artist William Wegman and photographer/videographer, Elliot Caplan.

Jennifer also spent 6 years in Los Angeles working on independent films and commercials as a film set photographer and set decorator. While in L.A. she worked on projects such as a pilot for Steve Martin and feature films with Brian Cranston and Rainn Wilson.

Jennifer is an is also a longtime member of SPE (Society of Photographic Education). Her newest body of work titled “By Myself, Together I Stand,” has been recently exhibited at galleries in Savannah, GA, Colorado, Vermont and Florida.

For this exhibition, Jennifer is presenting images from her series titled “Against Myself, Together I Stand.” Through the use of an extended and often fabricated reality, this project is based on the life of a single Mom and her daughter. Instead of a traditional baby album for the sake of memories, Jennifer is creating her own based on the emotional imagery of experiences she shares with her young child.


superimposed image of oprah winfrey against drawing of slaves in a field
Oprah Winfrey, 2016
  CHARLES HODGES

For 25 years, Charles Hodges has devoted his efforts to creating national and international advertising campaigns. He has also provided services to advertising agencies such as Leo Burnett, FCB, and Burrell Communication. His client base has included Coke, Quaker, Sara Lee, Motorola, Abbott, Sprint, Baxter, McDonald's NutraSweet, Pillsbury, Amoco Oil, Tijuana Flats, Darden Group, Disney, The Golf Channel and Universal Studios. In addition to commercial photography, he has produced over 120 video clips for the Florida High Technology Corridor, focusing on new and emerging technology firms throughout the state. He has also produced short informational videos in the Dominican Republic on behalf of the Diocese of Orlando and its mission to serve the poor communities in that country. Mr. Hodges graduated from and taught at The School of the Art Institute, Chicago and has exhibited in the United States, Italy and Venezuela, with prints in a number of private collections including the Chicago Art Institute, AT&T, and Kraft Foods. In addition to a career in commercial photography, Charles is an Adjunct Professor at Daytona State College’s School of Photography.

Charles has chosen to display a personal project for this exhibition titled "Are we there yet? -- A 400 year old road trip with no exits."


Female in suit with stockings and high heels shot from waist down
Boundaries #3, 2013
  STEFFEN MITTELHAEUSER

Steffen Mittelhaeuser was born in Crailsheim, Germany and lived in Fürth/Bayern until he moved to the United States in 1977 to pursue his interest in photography. He holds a BA degree in German Literature and Photography from Bowling Green State University and a MFA degree in Photography from the University of Michigan.

His award winning photography has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. His photographs are held in permanent collections of private collectors, galleries, and museums including the Kansas City Art Institute and the Appleton Museum of Art among others. His images have also appeared in numerous books and magazines.

In this body of work, Steffen seeks to illustrate relationships--- between object and viewer, between here and there, and between the present and the past; by placing the nostalgic against the backdrop of our everyday modern world.


Black and white image of railroad track and trees with utility towers and manmade structures in the distance Untitled #8, 2016
  GARY MONROE

Gary Monroe, a native of Miami Beach, received his MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1977. Upon returning to home, he photographed the old world Jewish community that characterized South Beach for a decade. He has traveled throughout Haiti with camera in hand –two dozen times between 1984 and the millennium, and he has looked at tourism across Florida, especially the “rite of passage” of vacationers at Disney World from 1987 until 1997. In addition to these long-term involvements, Mr. Monroe has photographed in Brazil, Israel, Cuba, India, Trinidad and Poland among other countries, while maintaining his interest in all things Florida, from the spiritualists’ retreat in Cassadaga to the abandoned theme park Splendid China. He also writes books about the state’s nontraditional arts, including the renowned book, The Highwaymen, Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters.

Mr. Monroe has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Humanities Council, and the Fulbright Foundation to support his photography. He continues to use a Leica film camera.

These photographs were taken within the restricted areas of the Kennedy Space Center. The sight of untouched land with signs of space exploration peeking through, motivated this body of work.

midwest landscape through windowsMonument Valley, 2014
  JUSTIN NOLAN

Justin Nolan is a Lecturer of Photography at the University of Central Florida. He received a BS in Art and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (2001). He then spent 10 years after undergraduate studies working as an artist, educator, and commercial photographer. During that time he worked on numerous commissioned assignments for national publications, fashion, and advertising clients. In 2014, Nolan received his Master of Fine Arts in photography from the University of New Mexico.

He has been the recipient of numerous grants, including the prestigious Howard L. Franks Memorial Fellowship for graduate study and his work is represented in the University of New Mexico Art Museum’s permanent collection, the University of Wisconsin’s Union collection, and the Arizona State University’s Northlight Gallery.

In his series titled Stages of Persuasion, Nolan investigates the powerful role that staged spaces can have in influencing human desires. Idealized and explicit notions of nature, beauty, and even fear are presented in many of the themed restaurants, stores, and amusement parks that he has photographed.

Portrait of girl in fieldZong in Mae Wang, 2016
  PATRICIA LOIS NUSS

Patricia Lois Nuss established and now continues to work as the Thailand Program Manager for the social enterprise Lensational, a program that brings digital cameras and photographic training to marginalized women internationally. She recently completed a semester serving as a Guest Lecturer on the topic of Alternative Photographic Processes at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, where she has taught digital, fine art, editorial, and darkroom courses.

Patricia Lois Nuss received her BFA in Photography in 2008 and her MFA in Emerging Media in 2011, both from the University of Central Florida. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including the Corcoran College of Art and Design, PhotoNOLA, and the Florida State College Museum of Fine Ar. She is currently exhibiting in a two-person exhibition at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Colorado. Nuss has also consistently contributed to the Society for Photographic Education in the form of caucus exhibition coordination, panels, and conference peer review.

For this exhibition, she is featuring portraits recently created in Chiang Mai and Mae Wang, Thailand focusing on the observable contrasts and similarities between women living in the modern city of Chiang Mai versus the women living in the Hilltribe Karen and Kayan villages of Mae Wang on Doi Inthanon.

Reflections through windowAndrew Wyeth's Olson House, Near Rockland, ME 2015
  PER HANS ROMNES

Per Hans Romnes is a lifelong photographic educator who holds a BS degree in Art Education/Photography from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a MFA degree in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He also studied with "Master Artist in Residence" Jerry Uelsmann at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Per Hans has taught numerous photography courses including AP/IB classes for over 30 years at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, Florida, until his retirement. Many of his former high school photography students went on to attend courses and graduate from both the DSC and UCF Photography Programs. He has also taught weekend and evening photography workshops at DSC for community residents and high school students. He has been an Adjunct Instructor, teaching numerous courses on the DSC Campus since 1986. He continues to teach on an occasional basis as an Adjunct Photography Instructor with the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies here at DSC.

These images on display are from his first series completed entirely with his iPhone as he captured slice-of-life details from recent travels – from the muted tones of weathered windows to walls that glow with neon graffiti.


Two bears playing behind chain fence with people clapping behind fenceUntitled, 2015
JAYANTI SEILER

Jayanti Seiler has generated work as a photographer for over 18 years and she is an Associate Professor at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, where she has taught since 2011. Jayanti has gained national and international recognition with her photography in publications including The New York Times, Lenscratch, Life Force Magazine, Bird in Flight, Muybridge's Horse and the Daily Telegraph in London. Jayanti’s work has been exhibited widely at venues including Harvard University, Museum of Contemporary Art - Georgia, Washington State University, and the Florida Consortium of Art Schools. In 2016, she was selected for exhibition at WORKSPACE Gallery in Nebraska and The von Liebig Art Center in Naples Florida. She received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2011 from the University of Florida and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000.

This collection of photographs is part of an on-going series that began in 2013 titled, Of One and The Other, which seeks to inspire consideration of the complexity and depth found in the human-animal bond.


A section of a beach scene with umbrellas and chairs by Steven Spencer. Image links to larger image
Untitled segment from the series: Six Miles
CLICK to view full image (one quarter mile).

STEVEN SPENCER

Steven Spencer earned his MFA in Studio Art/Photography from Louisiana State University; a BS in Photographic Technology with a minor in Journalism from Florida A&M University; and an AS in Industrial Photographic Technology from Brevard Community College. He also attended classes at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Canada.

He has taught for the University of Central Florida since 2003. His diverse teaching background includes instruction in 19th century archaic processes to contemporary digital technologies as well as the history and theory of photography. He has conducted workshops on a variety of photographic processes and installations at various colleges and private companies and his work has been displayed in group and juried exhibitions regionally and nationally, with one-person exhibitions in Canada and the U.S.

For this exhibition, Steve Spencer has created photo books comprised of blended panoramics that each feature one-quarter mile sections from different vantage points, of the six miles of barrier island along the coast that make up the city of Cocoa Beach.

Bushes and grass with dirt path into woodsEnchantment #2 (bushes), 2012
  M. LAINE WYATT

M. Laine Wyatt is an Associate Professor with the University of Central Florida where she has taught art/photography since 2000. She taught previously at the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH, and at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. She took an undergraduate degree in studio art/photography from the University of Florida, did postgraduate work at San Francisco State University and received her MFA in studio art/photography from Florida State University.

Laine has received multiple grants and artist fellowships from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and is an active member of the Society for Photographic Education, currently serving as co-chair of the Women’s Caucus. Wyatt has exhibited her work in more than 130 exhibitions nationally and abroad, including the Center for Fine Art Photography, CO, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, the Monmouth Museum, NJ, PUNCH Gallery, OR, Mokwon University, South Korea, and the Museum of Art Tampa.

Of this series of work Wyatt says, “Living in a time when life is often disenchanting, when the struggles and responsibilities of daily life banish magic, I’ve become curious about the ways in which we find and construct delight and enchantment.”
 

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