Photography + Film Community News – December 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, we’re excited to share the latest accomplishments from our faculty, staff, alumni, and current students! We’re always inspired to see how everyone in the Photography + Film department has deepened and expanded their dedication to the medium; both nationally and internationally.


Sonali Gulati’s latest short experimental film “Miles & Kilometres” (released in 2021) has won 3 awards including the Director’s Choice Award from the 41st Annual Thomas Edison Film Festival (formerly known as the Black Maria Film Festival) and has screened at 35 film festivals in 15 countries.

Sasha Waters Freyer was invited to attend the Denver Film Festival to accept the “Music on Film /. Film on Music” (MOFFOM) Award, a $5,000 grant in support of Waters Freyer’s latest feature documentary on the Soul Stirrers titled Trouble Don’t Last.  

R.H. Harris, former Soul Stirrer (left), and filmmaker Bruce Conner (right), 1984


Johannes Barfield (MFA) is starting off 2022 with a fury of exhibitions! Johannes will be having a solo exhibition at the Rowe Gallery at (UNCC) University of North Carolina Charlotte from January 10th – February 25th and will be a part of a group exhibition at The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University titled Reckoning and Resilience : North Carolina Art Now. The exhibition will open January 13th to July 10th.

Peter Cochrane (MFA) is releasing his first book, The Sensual World. This is a book of risograph prints from film photographs taken over the last four years. It is printed in an edition of 250 and hand bound. In November, The Sensual World was selected as a Finalist for the Film Photo Award. Peter also opened Threep, a fine art printing and studio photography business, located near downtown Richmond. 

A risograph print from The Sensual World

Cecilia Kim (MFA) was included in a group show titled new. now., the annual group exhibition debuting the work of Hamiltonian’s five distinguished 2021–2023 fellows. The Hamiltonian Fellowship (2021-2023), is a prestigious fellowship lasting two years for artists in the D.C. and surrounding area. The show will be up from 12/18/21 – 1/29/22 with a reception on January 29th.

Current Students

Caroline Minchew (MFA, Spring 2022 expected) is currently included in a group show alongside Cecilia Kim at The Anderson, curated by Julie Dann. The show will be up until January 7th. Other artists include; Raúl Aguilar Canela, Hel Cooper, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Julia Dann, Ash Galka, Martha Glenn, Ellen Hanson, HH Hiaasen, GM Keaton, nicole killian, mariah barden jones, Eleanor Mahin Thorp, Sarah Parker, James Payne, Hanaa Safwat, Peat Szilagyi, and Lauren Thorson