Virginia Intermont exhibit takes viewers 'Back, To the Future'

Jessica Fischer • Aug 20, 2011 at 2:08 AM

Virginia Intermont College will have a full slate of photography and art exhibits for the fall 2011 semester, opening with a showcase of the college’s acclaimed arts faculty.“Welcome Back, To the Future” will feature an eclectic array of photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media in the main gallery and photography gallery of the Anne R. Worrell Fine Arts Center on campus.Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Aug. 30-Sept. 15. An artist reception will be held at 5 p.m., Sept. 1 at the fine arts center.Artists exhibiting will be the five faculty from the photography and digital imaging department, including Jay Phyfer, Joe Champagne, Neil Staples, Justin James Reed and Megan Pinch. From the art department, works will be featured by Dr. Marvin Tadlock, Sam Morrow and Perry Johnson.Phyfer is the founder and chair of VI’s photography and digital imaging department, having joined the faculty in 1973. He received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and a master of fine arts from Arizona State University. He specializes primarily in color processes, and teaches color photography, advanced imaged based classes, film studies, PhotoVision and western landscape.Champagne was born in Miami and has spent the last 23 years in Bristol. He joined the faculty in 1987 and is a professor teaching primarily photography courses with a fine art emphasis. He has taught nearly every course offered over the years. He also serves as chair of the fine arts division. He received an associate of science degree from Southeast Center for Photography, a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Central Florida,and a master of fine arts from East Carolina University.Staples earned a bachelor of arts from Adelphi University and spent 20 years operating a commercial photography studio in Florida while teaching occasionally. He then obtained a master of arts degree in studio arts from Barry University and has devoted his career to the students of VI, specializing in teaching classes in basic black and white darkroom, large format, studio lighting, commercial and alternative processes.Reed, who exhibits internationally, was selected a Flash Forward 2011 “Emerging Photographer” in international competition including the U.S., Canada and the UK, sponsored by the Magenta Foundation. He has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a master of fine arts from the Tyler School of Art. He is a member of the international photography collective, “Piece of Cake.”Pinch has taught photography and digital media for 10 years. Her images have been featured in numerous publications and juried gallery exhibitions. She has received national recognition for her art, including a fellowship grant at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, N.Y. She holds a bachelor’s degree in studio arts & Russian from the College of the Holy Cross. She attended Rochester Institute of Technology for the first year of graduate school, and received her master of fine arts degree from the Visual Studies Workshop at the State University of New York, Brockport.Tadlock has sculptures featured in numerous art in public places exhibits, private collections and in “MicroMonumentals,” a traveling exhibition. His unique kinetic sculptures win critical acclaim for his ability to make steel look like flowing liquid. He has a master of fine arts degree from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and received a doctorate in education from the University of Georgia. Many of his sculptures are on permanent display throughout the Southeast, including at the VI campus. He is a frequent exhibitor with numerous awards and accolades.A native of London, England, Morrow received a bachelor of fine arts from St. Martin’s School of Art in London, a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art and a master of fine arts from Ohio State University. In addition to painting and teaching, he is an accomplished banjo player and has toured the country with bluegrass bands.Johnson holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from VI and received a master of fine arts degree in painting and printmaking from East Tennessee State University. In addition to teaching at VI, he has taught at ETSU, Northeast State and Southwest Virginia Community College, and has worked professionally as a web developer.Following the faculty show, art enthusiasts can look forward to exhibitions on the Virginia Intermont campus by Jeffrey Rich, also a Magenta Flash Forward Emerging Photographer for 2011; Rachel Barrett, a 2010-2011 Tierney Fellow and multiple award winner; and others, culminating with a VI senior student exhibition in December.For more information, visit vic.edu.

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