Alumni

  • Jessica's portrait

    Jessica Parris Westbrook

      Jessica Westbrook is an Assistant Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she teaches courses in The Department of Contemporary Practices and The Department of Art and Technology Studies. Westbrook was appointed the Director of Technology Initiatives from 2010 - 2012. 

      Westbrook's studio practice draws from an aesthetic of desire, contradiction, cultural landscapes, and systems. She considers her works and contributions sections of visual language/typology culled from a complex matrix of assets, reconfigured and repurposed per space and time. Westbrook collaborates with Adam Trowbridge, as  Channel TWo (CH2), a studio/research construct focused on mixed reality, media, design, development, and distribution, authorized formats + unauthorized ideas, systems of control + radical togetherness. Channel TWo is loosely aligned with the concept of over-identification, Slavoj Žižek’s description of a tactic intended to reveal the hidden nature of dominant ideologies -- not by pointing to them but by becoming extreme forms of them. CH2 projects intersect joyful/play-oriented aesthetic experiences and user interfaces with challenging social undercurrents. Projects take the form of computer viruses, virtual environments, augmented realities, and motion/generative graphics. CH2 was awarded a Rhizome Commission in 2012, a Turbulence Commission in 2011, and a Terminal Commission in 2009. Westbrook's independent and collaborative work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including: The Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, The Block Museum, Gallery 400, the Carnegie Museum, Hirshorn Museum of American Art, Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media, Eyedrum, Syracuse University, ICA Grand Rapids.

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    Rachelle Mozman

    • Website:www.rachellemozman.com
    • Contact: rachelle@rachellemozman.com
    • Rachelle Mozman grew up in New York City and currently makes work between Brooklyn and Panama City, Panama. Mozman has an MFA from Tyler School of Art. As an artist working in photography and video her practice intersects document, narrative and performativity. Mozman is fascinated with ideas of ethnography and her work engages themes around family, class and gender divides. In 2012 Mozman exhibited in Caribbean: Crossroads of the World in The Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2011 Mozman, exhibited in El Museo del Barrio Bienal the (S) Files.  In 2013 Mozman exhibited La Negra y su Pequeña at The Camera Club of New York. Mozman exhibited her series Costa del Este through En Foco’s Traveling Exhibition program in 2010. A selection of Mozman’s photographs were published in Light Work’s annual Contact Sheet and Nueva Luz.  Mozman has been awarded artist in residences at The Camera Club of New York, Smack Mellon, Light Work and the La Napoule Foundation.

      Mozman is a Fulbright Fellow, and has exhibited at Catherine Edelman gallery, Chicago, IL, the Chelsea Museum, New York, New York, The DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts, the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California, the Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Branch, New Jersey, Festival de la luz at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina the Instituto Cultural Itau, São Paulo, Brazil, the Friese Museum, Berlin, Germany, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile, Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, Uruguay, Centro Cultural de España, Mexico City, Mexico, Festival Biarritz, Biarritz, France, as well as the IX Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador.

  • portrait of Matt Haffner

    Matt Haffner

    • Website:http://matthaffner.com
    • Matt Haffner (Tyler MFA in Photography,1998) is an Associate Professor of Photography at Kennesaw State University which is situated just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Matt runs a conceptually driven, lens based media program that incorporates video, photo, mixed-media works and installations. He is an Atlanta based artist whose works are collected nationally and internationally, he has won numerous awards including a recent NEA Project Award, and is represented in Atlanta by WhiteSpace Gallery and in Philadelphia by Pentimenti Gallery.

       

      Matt Haffner mural

      Matt Haffner’s work draws from myth, oral narrative, and the peripheries of the urban environment. He is a mixed media artist, whose site-specific works often uses different combinations of video projection, drawing, cut-paper, semi-transparent mylar, spray paint, wheat-pasted paper, and torn ragged cardboard. This layering of materials and transparency of mediums combine static imagery and the moving images of video projections that make reference to the cacophony of the city with all of its textures, sounds, smells, colors that on rare but magical moments come together in moments of extreme clarity. At the core, Matt’s work is about recreating those fleeting moments of wonder for the viewer.

       

      Matt Haffner installation

      This work has its roots in ephemeral street art and “make-do” techniques, but when seen in the environment of a gallery or museum, creates entirely new visual and emotional experiences. These large-scale works create tension and claustrophobia, and transplant specific moments from the fringes of the city into an otherwise clean and sterile space.

       

      Matt Haffner painting

      Matt’s most recent works engage participants on multiple levels and provides a different experience at different times of the day. Because he uses existing architectural elements as integral parts of the finished work, changes in these environments, usually through the use of natural light, create ever-changing ways the work is experienced.  Using two-sided video projections, or cut window tinting, existing doors and windows, and confined spaces, the environment and the existing architectural space have an enormous impact on the ways the viewer perceives and engages with the works that often creates a sense of familiarity and unease. Using simplistic techniques in extreme ways, Matt’s work draws the viewer in to inspect these installations in close proximity, then force them back to see the work in a wider field and reexamine the space they inhabit and their place within it.

       

      Matt Haffner camera

  • Gabriel Martinez portrait

    Gabriel Martinez

    • Website:http://www.gabrielmartinez.com
    • Gabriel Martinez, a Cuban-American native of Miami, Florida, works largely with photography, performance and installation. Martinez started out exclusively working in photography and gradually ventured into a more interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary mode and tends to be attracted to the potential & power of performance-oriented, site-specific installation. Although his work has been greatly motivated by the themes of loss, celebration, memorial, and cultural identity for many of his projects, the subject that is usually central to his exploration has been that of masculinity and its various intricacies, contradictions and complexities. Much of Martinez’s artistic career has been devoted to various topics related to maleness and to the further understanding his own queer identity and community, as well as an exploration of male heterosexuality. Martinez’s practice is primarily based in Philadelphia, PA, as well as Miami. Martinez’s work is represented by Samson in Boston.

      The Insatiables

      Martinez was a Pew Fellowship in the Arts recipient in 2001 and was a Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship recipient in 2003. He has received two Individual Artists Grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has also participated in several national artist residencies and artist-in-residence programs including: The Rosenbach Museum and Library, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, both in Philadelphia; Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida; Arcadia Summer Arts Program, Maine; MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire; The Fountainhead Residency, Miami; and Yaddo, New York.

      Garden of Faith Summer

      He has created performance-oriented events and installations for various venues including: in Philadelphia at the Institute of Contemporary Art, The Fabric Workshop & Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Art Alliance and Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art; in New York at White Columns, Franklin Furnace, Exit Art, Thread Waxing Space and the Scope Art Fair at Lincoln Center; and in Miami at Miami Art Central and Bernice Steinbaum Gallery. Martinez attended the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in 2003, and received his MFA from Tyler in 1991 and BFA from UF in 1998, both in Photography.

      Fire Island

      Martinez held the position of Director of Graduate Photography Studies from 2004 to 2007 at the University of Pennsylvania and is presently full time Senior Lecturer at PennDesign.

  • Ivette Spradlin

    Ivette Spradlin

    • Website:http://www.ivettespradlin.com
    • Ivette Spradlin is a Cuban-American photographer, video artist, and educator. She received her BFA in Photography from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia and her MFA in Photography from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She focuses on photographing people and their surroundings concentrating on the emotional aspects of transition, adaptation, and balance in one's life. She is a Flight School Fellow, Artist Opportunity Grant awardee, and an Art on the Walls artist through the Pittsburgh Arts Council. She has been published in Next Level Magazine, screened her films nationally, including at the Carnegie Museum of Art and Transmodern Film Festival in Baltimore. Most recently, her Oval Portrait photographs were part of a Magenta Foundation pop-up, public art project in downtown Pittsburgh and she was part of the 2014 Pittsburgh Biennial. Last week, her portrait, as part of a portrait swap project curated by Stuart Pilkington, was featured on the BBC.

      She lives in Pittsburgh, PA and teaches at Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

      Spradlin portrait

      Spradlin show

  • Vincent Felman headshot

    Vincent Feldman

    • Website:http://www.vincentfeldman.com
    • Vincent Feldman has photographed architecture and the urban landscape for nearly three decades.   After receiving his B. A. from George Washington University in 1989, he spent several months visiting youth squatter communities throughout Europe.  These autonomous movements have been redeveloping abandon government, military and industrial sites across Europe since the 1960’s.   These examples of urban historic preservation and culture building executed with little or no funds left a lasting impression on Feldman.   

      Christ Memorial

      When he returned to Philadelphia in 1991 his experiences in Europe began to help magnify and focus his insights on architectural subject matter, particularly the myriad issues that can confront historic buildings.   The symbols, patina of time and the particulars of design and adaptations, in both public and private architecture, represent some of the motifs found in Feldman’s body of work.

      From 1993 to 2006 Feldman worked extensively on his Philadelphia: City Abandoned portfolio.  This photographic collection of cast off civic buildings and infrastructure is a personal journey and investigation into what had become of this once teaming metropolis.   This detailed exploration of early to mid-modern society in Philadelphia, through the looking glass of it’s architectural presence is also a parallel examination of this nations tragic decline of the Common Good.

      Germantown Hall

      Feldman’s master’s thesis at the Tyler School of Art (1997) represented his first compilation of this work in gelatin silver prints.  In 2001 he was the recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.   This grant was significant in aiding much of the location shooting and cataloging as well as also being critical in providing the resources to make high quality digital prints culled from nearly two thousand 4 x 5 inch negatives.   City Abandoned: Charting the Loss of Civic Institutions in Philadelphia, has been published by Paul Dry Books in the Spring of 2014 and contains 96 duotone plates and 60 pages of text.

      In the past eight years Feldman has worked on portfolios shot in China and Japan as well as continuing his photography in the city of Philadelphia.  His consistent attention has been to the meanings found in buildings that expose the nature of individual societies in particular periods and over time.  His photography of Tokyo was recently debuted in Here and Now: Prints, Drawings and Photographs by Ten Philadelphia Artists at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2011.

      Feldman Facade

      Feldman lives and works in Philadelphia.   He is a Master Lecturer at The University of the Arts.  His work is in the collections of the The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Museum of American Art,  Allentown Art Museum, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Zeit-Foto Salon, KOWA, Tokyo as well as in numerous private collections.

      Artist headshot by Jeff Hurwitz

  • Nicholas Muellner

    Nicholas Muellner

    • Website:nicholasmuellner.com
    • Nicholas Muellner is an artist who operates at the intersection of photography and writing.  Through books, exhibitions and slide lectures, his projects investigate the limits of photography as a documentary pursuit and as an interface to literary, political and personal narratives.  He received his BA in Comparative Literature from Yale in 1991 and his MFA in Photography from Tyler in 1994.

      Muellner picnic group

      His recent textual and visual books include The Photograph Commands Indifference (A-Jump Books, 2009), and The Amnesia Pavilions (A-Jump Books, 2011), which was selected as a top photo book of 2011 by Time Magazine. He has given readings at numerous venues in the United States and Europe, including MoMA P.S.1, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. 

      Muellner Victor Dacha

      In addition to solo exhibitions in the U.S., the U.K. and Russia, Muellner’s writings on photography have been published by MACK, Aperture, Afterimage, Triple Canopy and Routledge, and he edits the Self Publish, Be Happy Pamphlet Series.  His work has been supported by MacDowell and Yaddo Colony Fellowships, as well as grants from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and CEC Artslink. 

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      Nicholas is an Associate Professor in the Cinema, Photography and Media Arts program in the Park School of Communications, Ithaca College, and the Co-Director of Image Text Ithaca, an initiative that includes a press, an annual Symposium and a new MFA program at the intersection of photography and writing.

      Muellner nautiloid heart

       

  • Laurie Simmons

    Laurie Simmons

    • Website:Laurie Simmons
    • Laurie Simmons (born Far Rockaway, New York, 1949) is a photographer and filmmaker. She received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 1971. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at the Neues Museum, Nuremberg (2014); the Print Gallery at the New York Public Library (2010); the Baltimore Museum of Art (1997); the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1987); and P.S. 1, New York (1979). Her work has also been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among other venues. She lives and works in New York.
       

      Laurie Simmons, How We See/Ajak (Violet), 2015 Pigment print 70 × 48 inches (178 × 122 cm) © Laurie Simmons, courtesy the artist and Salon 94.

  • David Graham

    David Graham

    • Website:http://www.davidgrahamphotography.com
    • David Graham (b. 1952) is a photographer known for his exploration of contemporary American culture and landscape. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and has been published in The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Forbes, and Details. He lives in Pennsylvania and is a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. David earned his M.F.A. from Tyler in 1981.

      David Graham fork and spoon landscape

      David Graham motel landscape