Open exhibitions at the Wonsook Kim School of Art Student Art Gallery – News


Illinois State University’s Wonsook Kim School of Art Photographic Space is pleased to present Exhibitions, the fifth exhibition on display at the Illinois State University Student Art Gallery within the Illinois Central Regional Airport (CIRA), located across from the main entrance inside the terminal at 3201 E. Empire St., in Bloomington. The opening hours of the gallery correspond to the opening hours of the airport. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Exhibitions is visible until September 5, 2021. A closing reception is scheduled for August 25, from 5 pm to 7 pm

Exhibitions showcases the work of five students and reflects work that not only covers the depth and breadth of his student body, but also highlights a range of photographic medium.

Using a variety of techniques and approaches, from documentary storytelling to abstract studies of the body to non-camera photograms, these student artists have chosen to use photography as a means of creative expression. Students who enroll in photography classes at Wonsook Kim School of Art come from various fields and have different levels of experience in photography, but each student brings their own sensitivity and interests to their work.

Toni DiPrima ’22 (BFA art) poignantly combines image and text by placing love letters from grandparents and other keepsakes directly onto light-sensitive photographic paper in Love Bill. DiPrima then exposes and develops the image in the darkroom in black and white, creating unique photograms that bring a hauntingly beautiful love story to life.

In his moving series Love never dies, Hyojung lee 22 (BFA graphic design) photographs the many ways in which her mother-in-law honors the memory of her late husband after 46 years of marriage, a testament to lasting love even after death.

that of Matt Frostman, 21 (BA photography) Sensus Coporis presents close-up studies of body surfaces that document scars from past sports injuries, including wrestling, athletics and football, using dramatic lighting and strong black and white contrast.

In To touch, Catherine Vernon 21 (BFA photography) evokes a feeling of tactile intimacy with soft colors, translucent materials and close cropping. Printed on inkjet canvas from scanned color negatives and hung directly on the wall, the work also explores the materiality of photography.

In his project Dancing in quarantine, by Shahrzad Hamzeh 20 (MA theater studies) vibrant images of masked dancers on the leafy Illinois state campus show viewers an important lesson we’ve all learned in the face of a year of unprecedented challenges. Hamzeh’s photographs demonstrate that whatever the circumstances, we will overcome the trials and tribulations of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) through resilience, grace and creativity.

Exhibitions is hosted by Illinois State University photography professor Jin Lee and assistant photography professor Jason Reblando.

The Student Art Gallery at the Central Illinois Regional Airport is a central part of the mission of the Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University. For more information visit FineArts.IllinoisState.Edu/Airport-Gallery. To arrange special accommodation, please contact Wonsook Kim School of Art at [email protected] or (309) 438-5622. Follow the Wonsook Kim School of Art on Facebook.


Kayleen C. Rice

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