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UT Art student takes award at photo conference

UT art student Jessica Ostrander at 2012 SPE Conference

University of Toledo BFA Art/Film Student, Jessica Ostrander
at 2012 SPE Conference

Several UT art students had portfolio reviews at the Midwest Society for Photographic Education Conference last month. Jessica Ostrander, a BFA student with a concentration in New Media, had two pieces selected for a juried exhibition that was open to undergrads as well as grad students throughout the midwest. Only 10 students were selected and Jessica won second place for her work!

“My first SPE Conference was a whirlwind and exciting experience. There was always something going on, and I was just sorry I didn’t have enough time for everything. But what really made the Conference a memorable one was that my Mom and step-Dad, who currently live in Maryville, Tennessee, were able to come to the reception to see my work. Since she moved out of Ohio, it has been difficult for my Mom to get away to attend my exhibits. So, this was very important for both of us, especially since she took many of the original photographs. The hand in the image is my father’s hand. Family is very important to me.”

Jessica is also pursuing a minor in Film and she  just completed a photo internship at the Toledo Museum of Art where she worked as a staff photographer. “I worked as Visual Resource Collections (VRC) Intern and acting as staff photography was part of my responsibilities there. I learned much about the behind-the-scenes work that goes on and what makes the TMA so extraordinary.”

The conference: Continuum: Photography and Education included artist talks, panels, lectures and workshops. The theme of the conference centered on those “individuals and advancements that have framed how we view, evaluate, and understand images.  To celebrate the 50th year of SPE, we honor the past, present and future of image making.  Whether it is Steichen’s black and white fashion photographs, Andy Warhol’s quick Polaroids, the monumental prints of Doug and Mike Starn, or Laurel Nakadate’s photographic objects, Continuum aims to encompass the many genres and forms of photography.”

photo of UT art students at the SPE Conference

Left to right: Rachelle Raymer-Gilbert (just graduated with BFA in New Media), Brandy Saves (Art major/ New media concentration), Alyssa Brown (BFA New Media), Deborah Orloff (Prof. New Media), Hannah Evans (Art major/ New media concentration), Jessica Ostrander (BFA New Media/ BA Film/Video), Jon Wittes (BFA New Media), Morgan Hayward (BFA New Media)

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