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  • Student Photographers Showcased in BFA Exhibition

    May 19, 2011

    Five graduating students earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree showcase their work in the Vachon Gallery May 20 – June 12, 2011. Participating students, each with unique personal style, represent the graduating class from the BFA degree program in Photography. This degree program is a partnership between Seattle University and the Photographic Center Northwest. The exhibit begins with an opening ceremony on May 20 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.     

    The featured photographers exhibit highlights:

    Heath BraunIn Anamnesis, Heath Braun presents his collection of images that are at once nostalgic and surreal. Transforming remembrance into a ritual act, Braun explores personal symbolism and mythology while altering and reconstructing memory into dreamlike landscapes and fantastical scenes.

    Melissa Ettman 
    In Cutaneous Record, Melissa Ettman explores the vulnerability of our skin to trauma, time and misunderstanding. Through close inspection of damage, age, color and modification, she presents pieces of individual’s stories leading the viewer to project their own assumptions and truths.

    Cody Goodfellow
    In The OXY Trap, Cody Goodfellow shows us how devastating a legal pharmaceutical drug can be. OxyContin is a prescription painkiller that has destroyed the lives of many through addiction, crime, and many times resulting in death. In Goodfellow's home town of Tacoma,Washington, OxyContin has sunk it's teeth deeper than imaginable. However, most don't realize the enormous gateway potential of the drug. In his documentation, Goodfellow shows us the highs, the lows, and the collective faces of OxyContin.

    Molly Magee 
    In no•e•gen•e•sis, Molly Magee delves in to the surrealism of childhood behaviors and perceptions.She considers the desensitized nature of adult interactions, and cultivates a renewed awareness of sensory experience in daily life. Magee has created an oddly enticing and familiar world which reacquaints the viewer with the spontaneity in routine, and challenges viewers to reminisce and create anew.

    Tania Stearns 
    In her collection (exhibit picture above) Luminous Lives, Tania Stearns documents her generation through formal portraiture that focuses on self-reflection and perception. Stearns encourages her subjects to explore ways in which to reveal themselves in front of her lens, while ultimately she chooses the final image. The project challenges notions of authenticity and the nature of artistic collaboration.

    The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 major and 37 minor degree programs for undergraduates and 7 advanced degrees, including an MFA in Arts Leadership.

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