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ALTERED PERCEPTIONS – An LVA Louisville Photo Biennial Exhibit at Metro Hall

This is an undeniably big year for me!  It’s as if all the things I have been cultivating in my life of late is coming to fruition at once.  It’s a biennial year for the Louisville Photo Biennial and I have quite the presence in it this year!  Not only am I still teaching with the Biennial, I am also part of several exhibitions…this being one of them.  And let’s face it, this isn’t just any exhibition…it’s an exhibition at Mayor Greg Fishers gallery in Metro Hall!!   You can see this show until January 19th, 2018.

Bull and Friends by C.J. Pressma

What an incredible honor to be selected by Keith Waits of LVA to be part of their Louisville Photo Biennial show at Metro Hall.   The show is entitled “Altered Perceptions” and I am a one of three featured artists who use a photographic image as a means to an end.   I, along with C.J. Pressma and Mitch Eckert illustrate ways in which photography can be employed outside of the traditional realms of 2-d presentation.

Photographer C.J. Pressma is well known amongst the visual art scenes in Louisville and far beyond.  He is the founder of the Center for Photographic Studies in Louisville that originated in the 1970’s and has inspired many with his lifelong dedication to the photographic medium…in all it’s forms!  In “Altered Perceptions”, Pressma exhibits his beautiful photographic quilts, and was the foundation that this exhibition was built around.

Lilly Lemon Peaches Cherries by Mitch Eckert.

Artist and University of Louisville Associate Professor of Art, Mitch Eckert also approaches the use of the photographic image in different ways.  In his ‘Translations’ series, he staged still life compositions inspired by Dutch masters still life paintings.  Initially unhappy with the work, he crumpled up the images and tossed in the trash.  But he wasn’t quite done with them and upon retrieving from the trash, he smoothed out the surface to reveal a beautiful crumpled texture he resinated with and decided to reshot the work…and we are all glad he did!  .

And then if you know anything about me, you know that I am a photographer whose heart lies beyond the click of the shutter.  For years, my goal has been to keep a hands-on approach in processing digital imagery.  In this show, I feature not only some of my recent work incorporating digital image transfers onto wood and metal substrates but also exhibit some of my photo encaustics from the Tiny World Series.

Weaving Reed, from my Tiny World Series

Go see this exhibit!  Mitch Eckert‘s work is located on the second floor, CJ Pressma‘s is located in the third floor stairwell and my work is featured on the fourth floor by the elevators.

Metro Hall is located at 527 West Jefferson St in downtown Louisville.  Hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.

The exhibit will be up until January 19th, 2018.

Member Monday Featured Artist at Louisville Visual Art

Loved being a recently featured artist on the Member Monday portion of the Louisville Visual Art blog!  Thank you again LVA!!  Member Monday is a fun and informative segment, which asks selected artists the same 10 questions, with wildly varying results depending on whose answering.

**Please note, this is the entire interview featured on the LVA website and all photos affiliated with this post are taken by Sarah Katherine Davis Photography.  She ROCKS and so does LVA!!  Check out other featured artists on Member Monday by clicking HERE.


How did you first get involved with LVA? 

Joining LVA was one of the first things I did upon my return to Louisville in 2011. I first showed my work in Louisville that winter at LVA, for the Month of Makers exhibition in conjunction with Makers Mark.

When did you first know that art was going to be a big part of your life?

I was a bit of a late bloomer when it came to art.   I didn’t connect with a particular medium until my last semester at University of Kentucky when I took my first photography class.  It was my first job out of college at the Haitian Art Company in Key West that solidified my life with art!

What does LVA add to your life?

LVA has been a huge source of support to me for many years.  They have promoted and exhibited my work, and provided teaching opportunities to me.  LVA continually educates and inspires me with the introduction of new artists, concepts, and ideas.  I love my weekly sessions with Artebella and PUBLIC radio!

How else are you involved in the community? 

Currently I’m working with the Louisville Photo Biennial, teaching photography classes at underserved community centers throughout the Louisville Metro area.  I am also a fixture in the local yoga community.

Describe your perfect Sunday afternoon.

My perfect afternoon contains little yoga, a lot of cooking with my NPR Sunday shows in the background, some quality time outdoors as well as with my stack of library books. The day would end watching a film that I think about the next day!



Who is your favorite local artist?

I love the work of collage and assemblage artist Caroline Waite.

Where would you like to see Louisville 10 years from now?

I would like to see Louisville competing on a national level for creative, artistic, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

What neighborhood do you live in? What are some of your favorite things about it?

I live in Irish Hill.  It’s a quick bike ride to most places I want to be in the city.  While the area is in a constant state of transition, many of my neighbors have lived in Irish Hill for 30/40 + years!

What three items would you bring to a desert island? 

A rain barrel, lacinato kale seeds and my citrus press.

What advice would you give your past self if you could? 

Trust your intuition.

Open Studio Weekend 2016


Hard to believe, but it’s that time of year again… 🙂

One weekend, each year, artists from all over Louisville open their doors for Open Studio Weekend!  And I am one of those artists!!  This event is a wonderful opportunity to see artists at work, get a glimpse into their process of making art and add to your local art collection!

Open Studio Weekend (OSW) is a partnership of the LVA and University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute to raise funds for LVA‘s signature program Children’s Fine Art Classes and the Hite Art Institute’s Mary Spencer Nay Scholarship programs.  For only $20 you can gain access to artist studios throughout the city, while supporting arts education and scholarship programs.  It’s a small way to make a big difference and take part in an exciting and interactive exploration of the local art scene in Louisville!  Click this link to purchase your Open Studio Weekend Ticket.

You can also purchase at the following locations: Cressman Center for Visual ArtCommonwealth Bank & TrustLouisville Visual ArtNitty GrittyPreston Arts CenterRevelry Gallery Boutique and Silica Ceramic Studio.

Important information about Open Studio Weekend 2016:

Launch Party and Exhibition Opening
Friday, November 4 • 6 – 8pm
Cressman Center for Visual Arts
Hite Art Institute | University of Louisville
100 East Main Street

Open Studio Weekend hours (and times you can visit me at Studio JZ):
Saturday, November 5 • 10am – 5pm
Sunday, November 6 • Noon – 5pm

 Studio JZ, 1228 E. Breckinridge St., Louisville, KY  40204  

For more information visit louisvillevisualart.org/open-studio-weekend