New Exhibit at Miller Center for Visual Arts

Joel Whitaker: Cities 

URBANA, Ohio (March 4, 2013) - The Miller Center for Visual Arts presents “Joel Whitaker: Cities”, an exhibit of photographs, 1-4 p.m. every Thursday and Saturday from March 23 to May 4, 2013, except during the Easter holiday. The public is invited to the Opening Reception with the artist on Friday, March 22 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. There is no charge for either the Opening Reception or the exhibit, but donations to the Miller Center for Visual Arts are welcome.

Joel Whitaker graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL in 1988 with a Master in Fine Arts. While at Florida State, he studied photography with Robert Fichter and George Blakely. In 1989, he assumed a one-year visiting faculty position at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa where he worked with James Snitzer and Peter Feldstein.

In 1993, he joined the faculty of the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, and is a professor for visual arts in the College of Arts and Sciences. From 2006 to 2010, he served as chair of the Department of Visual Arts where his major initiatives were overseeing the renovation of an industrial building for use as a new visual arts facility and moving the department into the new facility. He remains active in photography through his teaching, ongoing study of the medium, development of photographic projects, and the pursuit of exhibition outlets.

In 2009, Whitaker was one of eight Ohio photographers selected to participate in a National Endowment of the Humanities funded re-photographic survey of Farm Security Administration photographs of Ohio. In 2008 his work was highlighted in the text Elements of Photography and in 2006 his work was selected for inclusion in the DVD, Photography Now/One Hundred Portfolios – An International Survey of Contemporary Photography.

Whitaker’s work is in several public collections including the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Otterbein College, Westerville, OH; Davidson College, Davidson, NC; the Schiffler Foundation, Greenville, OH; the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL; and, the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Since 1994, he has been included in 32 group and juried exhibitions and 17 one and two person exhibitions and awarded one Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, two Montgomery County Individual Artist Fellowships, and four University of Dayton Summer Research Fellowships.

The artist explains his “Cities” photographs with these words. “These photographs are an attempt to visualize my uneasiness with physical and intellectual passing and to connect this to the idea and physical form of cities and the photographs that define and describe them. I utilize the photographic process as a way to explore this notion as well as the more suggestive and poetic qualities of the medium. This project is as much informed by my experiences in such places as it is by my relationship to the physical and intellectual underpinnings of the photographic medium that serve as a record of these experiences and interactions. I consider the city and the photographic medium transitional; organic things that are constantly in flux, both physically and intellectually.”

For more information contact Mark Chepp, Director, at 937-652-6700 or visit www.urbana.edu .

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