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Bellarmine’s Wyatt Center for the Arts Hosts Photography Exhibit Starting Nov. 12

Nov 04, 2010

Bellarmine University will host a photography exhibit featuring several local and regional artists, from November 12 to December 12 in the Wyatt Center for the Arts.

The free exhibit features the work of Michael Brohm, Mitch Eckert, Justin Chase Lane, Sarah Lyon, Jana McNally and Michael Winters. These artists were invited to display their work in Bellarmine’s first-ever Photography Invitational Exhibit.

An opening reception takes place on Friday, November 12. Brohm will conduct a short lecture about his series of portraits from Perm, Russia, at 5 p.m. in Pasteur Hall (room 180), and the exhibit will open in the Wyatt Center’s McGrath Gallery at 5:30 p.m.

Additionally, Bellarmine’s Student Art Club hosts a presentation by Lane on Thursday, November 11 at 4:30 p.m. In Pasteur Hall (room 180).

The Wyatt Center for the Arts is located on Bellarmine’s campus, and is best accessed off Norris Place. It is open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Directions to campus are available online.

About the Exhibit
Michael Brohm will show photographs from his continuing “Yesterday’s Enemies” project, an intimate portrait of the people of the central Russian city of Perm.

“The events of 9/11 awakened in me deep childhood memories of an unannounced, anonymous attack from the sky, an event which recalled the nuclear threat I felt during the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union,” said Brohm. “I felt the need to confront my former ‘enemies’ – to stand face to face with them in their homes, and to photographically document my encounter.”

Mitch Eckert, an associate professor at the University of Louisville, teaches a variety of photography courses, including historic and alternative photographic processes, and digital imaging. For the past 15 years, his focus has been exploring and challenging the genre of still life. His photos in the Bellarmine exhibit focus on a formal approach, exploring simple compositions within in a specifically neutral color palate inspired by the still life paintings of Giorgio Morandi.

Justin Chase Lane’s photographs of constructed environments embody a sense of discovery, fantasy, and fear. Through them we are invited to wonder the cosmos without looking at it through the traditional physical surroundings. Instead we see the universe through pictures created from cast‐off cardboard, toothpicks, chairs, blankets, light bulbs, sugar cubes and the “stuff” Lane finds around him.

Sarah Lyon was born in Louisville and received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Miami University of Ohio. Her self-published 2007, 2008 and 2009 “female mechanics” calendars have received great response in the United States and internationally as the first of their kind. Lyon’s “Camera Collection” series is among the work on exhibit at Bellarmine.

Her work has also been published in Esquire, Hutch, Trespass, Sustain, Bejeezus, Truckers News, Urban Moto, BMW Owners News, Curve, Today’s Woman, and Louisville Magazine. Lyon lives and works in Smoketown and taught black and white photography at Bellarmine from 2006 until 2009.

Jana McNally is an adjunct professor of photography at Bellarmine University. She received her bachelor’s in fine arts from the University of Louisville and her master’s in fine arts from the University of Oregon. This will be the first time several of the stunning images she created in Eugene will be on exhibit in Louisville.

Michael Winters is the director of the 930 Art Center. “My art might be an attempt (however failing) to get at the richness ‐ the depth and meaning ‐ of the world,” he stated. “The process of photography used as an extension of my vision encourages me to explore the neighborhood and find any remaining clues as to what it means to be alive. My photographs are evidence of an internal struggle: Do I see the world primarily as beautiful and full of wonder, or do I see the world only as broken and full of suffering?”

About Bellarmine
Bellarmine University is an independent Catholic university offering more than 50 majors, as well as graduate degree programs, a doctor of nursing practice and a doctor of physical therapy. U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review consistently rank Bellarmine among America’s best institutions for higher education. The university is celebrating 60 years of academic excellence for lives of leadership and service.

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