Observation as Contemplation

JANUARY 19 - MARCH 24, 2018

The photographic work of Pamela Venz ranges from explorations of the effects of light and shadow on three-dimensional objects to highly manipulated images of the conflicting relationships between form, light, and space. Of her work she says, “ I use photography to explore a wide range of images and technical approaches, with the elusive common thread being a recurring interest in the emotional aspect of visual contradiction.”

Her work has been exhibited in galleries around Birmingham, across the Southeast, Southwest, and mid-Atlantic in both galleries and museums, and in the Czech Republic. She has been the recipient of an Alabama State Council on the Arts Artist Fellowship, a second place award from the 2014 Dogwood Arts Regional Juried Art Exhibition in Knoxville,Tennessee, as well as several Faculty Development awards from Birmingham-Southern College, supporting both photographic projects and course development.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Venz received a B.A. in sculpture and photography from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1983 and an M.F.A. from the Ohio State University in 1985. She joined the faculty at Birmingham-Southern College in 1986 and created the department’s concentration in photography in 1998. She received tenure in 2001, served as department chair from 2006-2010, and was promoted to full professor in 2009.

Featured Above: Pamela Venz, Reykjavik Reflection, 2017, Archival Inkjet Print, Image courtesy of the artist.

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The Wiregrass Museum of Art reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works publication, publicity, and educational purposes. Participation in this exhibition shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. The museum reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. The museum is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care ninety (90) days after the close of the exhibition.

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