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Breaking Ground Exhibition, Homecoming 2014

  • Brittany Nelson, Gelatin Silver
    Brittany Nelson, Gelatin Silver    
  • Cig Harvey, The Goldfinch
    Cig Harvey, The Goldfinch    
  • David Hilliard, No More Tears
    David Hilliard, No More Tears    
  • Jared Ragland, He Said He Likes To Take It One Thing At A Time
    Jared Ragland, He Said He Likes To Take It One Thing At A Time    
  • Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick, Itinerant Puppeteer
    Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick, Itinerant Puppeteer    
  • Mark Dorf, untitled9
    Mark Dorf, untitled9    
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Aline Smithson, Lexi TurnsOn this 175th anniversary of the invention of photography, excitement and anticipation are stirring in the Department of Art & Art History at the College of William & Mary as we prepare to break ground on a new photography program, the first in the College's long history.  This dynamic new offering will engage students in dialog and practice as they study historic through contemporary developments in photography pushing the boundaries of photographic art making in the 21st century. 

Inaugurating this celebration, the College has generously furnished the exhibition Breaking Ground: Contemporary Photography at the College of William & Mary, a collection of photographic artworks by 110 national and international artists, and accompanying catalog. The exhibition relays a sense of the vast breadth of contemporary photographic art with prints, handmade books, video art, assemblage, sculptural works, and installation.  The possibilities afforded through the amalgamation of traditional and new technology, techniques, and materials are boundless.

David Emitt Adams, SmelterThe show's variety is meant to reflect a basic principle of the new photography program - it is a celebration of photography as a liberal art, as an extension of the humanistic and critical discipline of art-making that has always been the foundation of our university.  Photography at the College of William and Mary is not solely a technology; it is a vehicle of visual expression with a history of nearly two centuries.  Our approach to it will therefore embrace its newest potentials and also grow out of its history, its historical techniques and processes, and its historical achievements, to integrate contemporary and future practices of photographic art at a deep level into William and Mary’s liberal arts tradition.  This is what it means to call photography a new way, our newest way, of engaging humanistic thought.

Please join us in celebrating the College of William & Mary's newest contribution.

Exhibition Details:

October 15-31, 2014
Opening Reception: October 17, 4-7 pm
Alumni Reception: October 18, 10am-12pm
Andrews Hall

Artist List

Aaron Blum Bryon Darby, Nine Hours in Nine Panels

Acacia Johnson 

Adam Neese 

Alex Leme  

Aline Smithson 

Alyssa C. Salomon 

Amy Elkins 

Amy Friend 

Andrea Bonisoli Alquati

Angela Bacon-Kidwell 

Anne Berry 

Anthony Antonellis 

Arnaud Teicher 

Ashley Kauschinger 

Ben Huff 

Bill Schwab 

Blue Mitchell 

Brandon Thibodeaux 

Brian Ulrich 

Brittany Nelson 

Bryan Schutmaat 

Bryon Darby 

Carla Richmond Coffing 

Christa Blackwood 

Cig Harvey 

Clay Lipsky 

Daniel Coburn 

Dave Jordano 

Frank Hamrick, Assortment of Handmade Photography Books

David Carol 

David Emitt Adams