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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Lecture: Andrea Modica

The Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Lecture is an annual guest lectureship in photography and photographic media that includes significant time to workshop with or critique work of University of Akron Mary Schiller Myers School of Art students. The lecture is held at the Akron Art Museum and is free and open to the public.

Andrea Modica, a contemporary Philadephia-based photographer and the 2015 recipient of the Akron Art Museum’s Knight Purchase Award. Modica teaches at Drexel University in Philadelphia and has received many honors for her work, including a Fulbright Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Noted for her meticulous craftsmanship and evocative narratives, she uses traditional processes—an 8 x 10 inch view camera and platinum palladium contact printing—to achieve the lush tones that characterize her images. Modica speaks about the physicality of the view camera and the set up time required to operate it as necessitating her sustained attention, amplifying her understanding of her subjects.

This lecture is in conjunction with Extended Moments, on view at the Akron Art Museum through February 21.

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