Photo/Film Opportunities & Exhibitions (including tonight!)

The Department has many exhibitions coming up to see work!

TONIGHT! MFA 1st Year Exhibition feat. Craft, KI, Painting, and Photography & Film. The opening reception is Friday April 24th, 5-8pm at 2601 Maury St, RVA. For more information, click here or here!

The Photography Seniors will be having their Senior Exhibition Dear Jo(h)n on Friday May 1st at Studio 6 (6 E Broad St., RVA)!

The Film Seniors will be having their Senior Showcase on Saturday May 9th at the Byrd Theatre (2908 W Cary St, RVA) @1:30pm. For more information on what’s playing, click here!

And finally the Film Juniors will be premiering their film Strawberry Milk at the Byrd as well on Sunday May 3rd @2pm! Give a like to their Facebook page and more information on the premiere is here.

Justin James Reed and Shining Bodies

Professor Justin James Reed has a solo exhibition in Portland, OR titled Shining Bodies, at Melanie Flood Projects.

Shining Bodies explores the experiential nature of photographic based imagery and the boundaries of time through a series of new glass works, laser etching on paper, and black & white photographs. 

The exhibition is open from April 17-May 17, 2015.  For more information on the project and exhibition, click here.

Sasha Waters Freyer’s Garden of Stone screenings

Photography and Film’s Department Chair Sasha Waters Freyer has multiple screenings of her film Garden of Stone happening soon!

“Garden of Stone, a short film with kaleidoscopic sights and sounds from Noto, Sicily, known as the Garden of Stone in honor of its baroque architecture – here the backdrop to daily tourist trade in a small Italian town. An experimental love letter to early Peter Greenaway in three rhythmic intervals.”

The film will have its international premiere at Leiden International Short Film Experience,
April 30-May 2, Leiden, The Netherlands. It’s also screening at the 10th anniversary
Experiments in Cinema in Albuquerque and at Indie Grits in Columbia, SC  and will be attending Saturday’s screening!

Photo/Film BFA winner of a2ru 2015 Challenge Grant!

BFA Sophomore Emily Rund and five other students from universities around the country won the 2015 Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) Challenge Grant with their project “Awareness Finds a Cure“, the output being a short film focusing on what Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is, which includes Crohn’s disease and colitis, and the impact it has on American college students and how to improve the conditions for those diagnosed with it! One of the improvements they’re working towards with this project is working with local government to get the bathroom act passed in each state (which would allow bathroom access in any public restroom without question).

This team is compiled of six students with IBD, two documentary film making faculty mentors, and has support from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s National Council of College Leaders. The project’s output will be a short film focusing on what IBD is, it’s impact on youth in American communities (specifically college campuses), and will feature steps that should betaken to improve conditions for those diagnosed within each community. The project extends to over five universities and has a growing support system with members in the IBD community. With our outreach, we have various doctors and specialists available for interviews. The film is projected to take a year and a half to complete and incorporates several functions hosted by the CCFA, including Day on the Hill, Camp Oasis, Team Challenge and Take Steps walks. Our main goal is to spread awareness throughout the country in order to improve the lives of the now six million American’s living with either Crohn’s disease or colitis.

Also on this project is our very own Department Chair Sasha Waters Freyer and Professor Sonali Gulati as faculty mentors for Emily. 


Screening of “Big Time-my doodled diary” at JRFF

The annual James River Film Festival is in their 22nd year and they have an awesome lineup this year, including our very own professor Sonali Gulati!

Her film Big Time-my doodled diary will be screening at the Festival at the Visual Arts Center from 7-8pm, right after the opening reception from 5-6:30pm at the same location.

To check out what’s also being screened, check out the program guide here!


Photo/Film dominating the Anderson Juried Show

The annual Anderson Gallery Juried Show is here, and the Department of Photography and Film did not disappoint! Out of the 80 accepted undergraduate artists, 23 of them were from Photo+Film. Congrats to those winners and everyone who was accepted to the show!

In addition, our very own Dominique Munoz received the Dean’s Award for his work and Cristina O’Connell received the Photography & Film Award of Distinction!

To see who else won awards and recognition from the exhibition, check out the complete list here.


Photo+Film Project Grants!

The Department of Photography and Film wishes to congratulate this year’s five undergraduate recipients of the departmental Project Grants!

Senior Victoria Sharpe for her Thesis film project, Hideaway Baby, a short thriller about an unnamed female getting revenge on a corrupt city judge. Award amount: $450

Senior Cristina O’Connell for her Thesis film project, Vacuity, a short, animated narrative about a girl who finds community on the internet. Award amount: $450

Senior Alvalia Pemberton for her experimental film project Paper Bag (working title), which explores skin bleaching and hair straightening within the African American female community.
Award amount: $450

Junior Alex Kreher for his feature documentary film Zoe Goes Running, a portrait of a young woman who runs the Tour de France on foot. Award amount: $450

Junior Shannon Roulet, winner of the inaugural Fourth Wave Feminist Grant for Dear Diary, I Hate Myself, an experimental narrative that chronicles the environmental, societal and familial
pressures that young adults experience involving self-image and identity. Award amount: $500

Congratulations to all who submitted!

Candela exhibition featuring Photo/Film professor and alum

Candela Books + Gallery is having a new exhibition titled Peripheral Vision featuring Photography and Film BFA alum William W Douglas III  and Assistant Professor Justin James Reed (featured above). It’s being curated by Amy Ritchie Johnson, former Associate Director at Candela. 

Peripheral Vision will be on display from March 6th-April 18th, 2015, opening on First Friday March 6th from 5-9pm. A preview reception and curator talk will be on Thursday, March 5th, 5-8pm.

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William W Douglas III

William W Douglas III

William W Douglas III

Photo/Film sweeping up VMFA Fellowships

The recipient’s list for 2015-2016′s VMFA Fellowships are in, and the Department of Photography & Film had 5 winners, receiving a total of $28,000!

Congratulations to our two Professional level winners: professor Sonali Gulati and MFA Alum Will May!

And our Undergraduate level winners: Cody Huff (work featured above), Scout Ries, and Sara Joachim!

To see who else won, The Times Dispatch published an article here.

Assignment: Happy Birthday

MFA Alumna and Hamiltonian Fellow Naoko Wowsugi is having a performance based exhibition titled Assignment: Happy Birthday:

From: Naoko Wowsugi
To: Students
Assignment: Happy Birthday
Please celebrate my birthday with a performative/experiential project. I don’t need more material possessions. You don’t need to butter me up. I want experiences as my birthday gifts. They can be happy, strange, surprising, sweet, mysterious, disturbing, or cause mixed feelings. I will be very open-minded and flexible as I receive your gifts.

This exhibition’s purpose is to showcase pieces by Wowsugi’s students that “challenge traditional hierarchies between teacher/student and the boundaries of the public and the private while poignantly revealing the vulnerability, humor, empathy and playfulness with which Wowsugi teaches with her students”. It includes work from current and former students from her Time Based Studio Fall 2013 and Fall 2014 classes at American University; Time Studio Fall 2011 and 2012 classes at Virginia Commonwealth University; and Digital Photography I Fall 2011 and 2012 classes at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The exhibition will be at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington DC from January 10th-February 14th. Wowsugi will be hosting an afterhours viewing of the exhibition Assignment: Happy Birthday Hour on Wednesday, February 4th from 6-8pm and Wednesday, February 11th from 6-8pm.

The exhibition has gotten press from Washington City Paper and The Washington Post.

To download the free “Assignment: Happy Birthday” Special Audio Guide Podcast on iTunes for an artist-narrated tour of the exhibition, click here!