The Graduate Photo Workshop encourages students from all programs to participate in a conversation-driven environment designed to share new and innovative works of art. The boundaries of traditional photographic practice have been expanded to include books arts, VR, video, performance, and installation work. The emphasis of this workshop will be centered around the development and support of works of art, critical analysis of assigned readings, and examination of artists employing imagery as the primary emphasis of their practice. The photography program annually brings in visiting artists and scholars to participate in the graduate workshop in the form of one-on-one studio visits.

Workshop Curriculum for Fall 2022

The emphasis of this workshop will be divided into two distinct concentrations. Through research driven slideshows and artist talks,  we will examine the history of alternative spaces as sites of creative practice,  including, but not limited to, artist run spaces, pop up venues, and non-traditional environments for experiencing artworks. This will culminate in a group exhibition at Public Space 1, a non-profit alternative creative space based in Iowa City. The second part of this course will be to provide feedback in the form of critique on each artist's current research. Students can expect to have two critiques throughout the course of the semester.

Visit to the MDW Assembly Artist Run Space Art Fair in Chicago.

Installation image from "Slideshow", a collaborative exhibition at Public Space 1.

Installation image from "Slideshow", a collaborative exhibition at Public Space 1.



Group collaboration on cyanotype mural (2020)

University of Iowa graduate students and alumni at SPE Houston, 2020.

University of Iowa graduates at University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Part of an ongoing graduate exchange to broaden graduate relationships and develop professional practice skills.

JD Whitman's multi-media installation as part of her MFA Thesis exhibition (MFA 2019). Thesis projects are mentored and receive support through the workshop course. 

Iowa Idea Visiting Assistant Professor Stephanie Dowda DeMer leads a cliche verre workshop.

Graphic Design graduate student Patrick Kepler's multi media installation for the graduate photography workshop. Cyanotype on fabric and wood, 2020

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