Six Middle Tennessee State University photographers are showcasing their visions in a new exhibit open through Friday, April 15, at the university’s famed Baldwin Photographic Gallery.
The faculty members — Chuck Arlund, Elijah Barrett, Alex Crawford, Kristine Potter, Jonathan Trundle and gallery curator Shannon Randol — all teach in MTSU’s Department of Media Arts in the College of Media and Entertainment. Their work on display in the new exhibit shows interests ranging from capturing portraits to focusing on spaces.
The “2022 MTSU Photography Faculty Exhibition” will be on display weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through April 15 in Room 269 of the university’s Bragg Media and Entertainment Building, 1735 Blue Raider Drive.
A campus parking map is available at http://bit.ly/MTSUParking. Off-campus visitors can obtain a one-day permit at https://mtsu.edu/parking/visit.php or park free in the university’s Rutherford Boulevard Lot and ride the Raider Xpress shuttle to the Bragg building.
Arlund, an adjunct professor and MTSU photography alumnus, has worked as a commercial photographer since his 1998 graduation. He’s also taught photography since 2007 at both the university level and worldwide at imaging conventions, schools and workshops and is a founding member of the photography salon Southlight.
Barrett, an adjunct photography professor at MTSU, earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Yale University and a Master of Fine Arts in photography from the University of Hartford in Connecticut. His work has been featured in exhibitions ranging from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in Texas to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and the Baxter St at Camera Club of New York.
Crawford, an adjunct photo professor at MTSU, is a Nashville-based commercial photographer specializing in portrait, lifestyle, still life and food photography. He began carrying a spare 35mm film camera with him about 10 years ago, initially as a hobby to keep occupied between larger projects. It’s evolved into a daily practice that he says is “less about an interesting subject matter and more about the thing itself, the act of taking the photo, the camera as a habit, the image as a chore.”
Potter, an assistant professor of photography at MTSU, earned her Master of Fine Arts at Yale and is a 2018 recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography. Her work explores masculine archetypes, the American landscape and cultural tendencies toward mythologizing the past, and “Manifest,” her contributions to this exhibit, were created while working in remote areas in Western Colorado between 2012 and 2015.
Randol, an MTSU photography graduate who earned his MFA degree from Washington University in St. Louis, is an assistant professor at MTSU in addition to his duties as Baldwin Gallery curator. His contributions to this faculty exhibit focus on spatial relation — in this case, how the viewer is located in relation to other objects.
Trundle, an associate professor of photography at MTSU, also is an MTSU alumnus and earned his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. His myriad expertise includes traditional darkroom photography, contemporary digital photography, alternative processes in photography, large format photography, camera engineering, camera hacking, and book-making and bookbinding techniques.
MTSU’s Baldwin Photographic Gallery, which is marking its 58th anniversary at MTSU in 2022, is part of the university’s College of Media and Entertainment.
Guests can arrange public tours by contacting Randol, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The gallery, located at the top of the stairwell in the Bragg Building’s interior courtyard, is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays when MTSU classes are in session. For more information about the gallery, visit https://baldwinphotogallery.com or www.facebook.com/BaldwinPhotoGallery.
To learn more about the College of Media and Entertainment, visit https://mtsu.edu/media.
— Gina E. Fann (email@example.com)