Photo/Film Department Awards

Photography and Film has awarded it’s annual “Most Outstanding” awards to Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Film and Photography Undergrad students!

Most Outstanding Sophomore Students

Nicholas Seitz, Photography

Emily Rund, Film


Most Outstanding Junior Students

Olivia E Walthall, Photography

Abigail Reddington, Film

Most Outstanding Senior Students

Carson Parris, Photography

Elizabeth Williams, Film

Congrats to all the winners!

BFA Alum + the Magnum Foundation

BFA Alum Kate Fowler has been a busy bee! She’s recently working with the Magnum Foundation as a part of their Photography, Expanded initiative. Photography, Expanded inspires documentary photographers to expand their storytelling beyond the still image. They offer intensive workshops and panel discussions for photographers on digital tools and methods to help them engage audiences across platforms and mobilize communities around social justice issues. This initiative is in its second year and is preparing for its fourth lab and its second symposium.
“I’m thrilled to be part of a small, tight-knit team that works to offer free opportunities to emerging international photographers. My role is to provide production and event assistance on programming, which includes researching and contacting potential panel members, facilitators and mentors, acting as a point of contact for lab attendees, contributing artists and collaborators, working with the director of programming to design the structure of events and the run-of-day for labs, writing event descriptions and serving as a facilitator during the events. Each day is different and has its own set of challenges— many of which inspire and inform my personal practice!”
She is also working with Mark Strandquist, a fellow Photo/Film Alum, to develop an on-going event surrounding the development of a tactical playbook for participatory projects. Participants collaborated on mapping out the production of four different participatory projects, in an attempt to show the complexity of this type of photographic practice. Additionally, they will be included as part of an exhibition at the Bridge PAI in Charlottesville, during LOOK3: Festival of the Photograph. The Magnum Foundation will also be having a symposium at LOOK3 titled “Disruptive Images: Photography and Intervention”.

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, 6-9pm 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.
  • The 2nd round of MFA Thesis Exhibitions is from May 1st-17th. The exhibition opens Friday May 1st from 5-8pm

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!