Visitors at Middle Tennessee State University‘s renowned Baldwin Photographic Gallery can enjoy the perspectives of five multifaceted artists in a new exhibit, “Shaping Identity: A Non-Linear Journey,” that showcases nearly 100 examples of their work.
“Shaping Identity” is on display weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. when classes are in session and the university is open through Thursday, Feb. 3, in Room 269 of the university’s Bragg Media and Entertainment Building, 1735 Blue Raider Drive.
Featured in the 1,300-square-foot gallery are photos by Maggie Carson Jurow, Birthe Piontek, Irene Antonia Diane Reece, Serrah Russell and Aaron Turner.
The group also is set to discuss their work in a special public lecture set for Saturday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. in Room 103 of the Bragg Building, followed by a free public reception upstairs in the gallery.
The Baldwin Gallery is located at the top of the stairwell in the Bragg Building’s interior courtyard.
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, park free in the university’s Rutherford Boulevard Lot, and ride the Raider Xpress shuttle to the Bragg building.
Baldwin Gallery curator Shannon Randol, who also is an assistant professor of photography in the Department of Media Arts, says this exhibit is part of his plan to “widen the scope” of the Baldwin’s focus and feature artists at all stages of their careers.
“We’re bringing the emerging artists, established artists, bringing people that make a living off their work and some people who do it because they love it so much,” Randol said.
“This particular group, they’re all very young artists, in their age and their careers as well, so it’s nice to have a different perspective, looking at the world through those younger artists’ eyes, dealing with some contemporary issues. There’s a lot of good work in this show.”
Jurow is a senior product designer at VSCO, the Oakland, California-based social media network and photo/video editing app. Her career includes experience as an e-commerce art director, studio director and floral designer as well as an artist who works in sculpting, installations, photography and videography.
Piontek is a visual artist living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, who’s also an assistant professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. Time magazine nominated her second published project, “Abendlied,” as one of the best photo books of 2019, and her work often combines two-dimensional photographic surfaces and 3D spaces.
Reece, a Houston, Texas-based artist and visual activist, has incorporated her family’s historic photo archives into her own projects that feature portraits, images, word art and other items to address civil rights, racial discrimination, police brutality and Black identity.
Russell is a visual artist and independent curator in Seattle, Washington, and serves as co-director of Vignettes, a curatorial collective for emerging and under-represented artists and writers.
Her projects use collage and appropriation to express the relationship between emotions and surroundings.
Turner is a photographer and educator at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he also is founder of the Center for Photographers of Color.
He uses photography to understand home and resilience in two main areas of the United States, the Arkansas and Mississippi Deltas, and creates still-life studies on identity, history, Blackness as material, and abstraction with a 4-inch by 5-inch view camera.
MTSU’s Baldwin Photographic Gallery, which is marking its 57th anniversary at MTSU in 2021, 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 is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays when MTSU classes are in session.
To learn more about the College of Media and Entertainment, visit https://mtsu.edu/media.
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