Tuesday, April 23, 2013

UIS professor's photography part of Jacksonville art exhibition

The photography work of Kathy Petitte Jamison, associate professor and chair of the Communication Department at the University of Illinois Springfield, will be on display throughout May at the David Strawn Art Gallery, 331 W. College Ave, Jacksonville, Ill. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on May 4 from 6-8 p.m.

“For this current exhibit I’ve chosen a mix of my photography to show the combination of the influences of photojournalism and my education in fine art,” said Jamison.

Most of Jamison’s shots were captured with a Canon SLR standard or macro lens; however some of her shots were captured with her iPhone.

“I am shooting and regarding my iPhone as the camera that’s always with me to either report and/or capture intrigue," said Jamison. "Granted, whether iPhone photos are legitimate or not is currently still under debate."

Jamison’s photos often show intrigue that is suggestive of yet a further story, which makes sense.

“I am a writer and a photographer, and that I feel photography allows me to develop storyline pictorially,” she said. “I would add a sense of poetry and mood is in many of the photos I take, which makes sense, too, given I have written and sometimes published poetry.”

Before joining UIS, Jamison was a photojournalist and long-time area reporter, columnist and feature writer for the Jacksonville Journal-Courier. As a Jacksonville resident, she has taken part in a number of art shows in area since 1991.

Regular postings of Jamison’s photos can be found on her Syzygy Photography Facebook page.

For more information about her exhibition, contact Jamison at 217/206-8032 or email kjamison@uis.edu.

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