Southeast Missouri State University

Wendy Cooper

July 11 - Aug. 24
Artist Talk: July 11, 6 p.m.
Drawing by Katherine Miller

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 11, 2014 – Photos depicting magnificent perspectives from Yosemite National Park are now on display in the “Wendy Cooper: Transition Spaces Series 14.1” exhibit in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The exhibit will remain on display through Aug. 24. Admission is free.

The exhibition presents views of Yosemite National Park, the result of a week-long, study-intensive trip for students at Southeast Missouri State University that the artist, Wendy Cooper, organized and taught in June 2013. Cooper is an assistant professor of industrial and engineering technology at Southeast.

The pigment prints included in the exhibition are printed in aluminum as part of Cooper’s ongoing research into photographic printing processes and associated substrates. Funding for this exhibition was made possible by a Grants and Research Funding Committee grant awarded to Cooper for ongoing research and teaching.

“The trip was one of the most rewarding experiences in my teaching career,” says Cooper. “Having the opportunity, with the support of Extended Education, to offer this trip provided an amazing in-the-field experience for practicing the art of photography in a truly jaw-dropping and dynamic environment. It was truly inspiring. I watched as my students ran to chase the light (and bear). And I followed…and led.”

Cooper has a Master of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design (2008), Savannah, Ga., and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. She is currently assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology at Southeast Missouri State University.

Cooper maintains an active exhibition record of group, juried and invitational exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include “Shoot’n Southern: Women Photographers, Past and Present,” Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Ala.; “Ocean Blue: Paintings and Photographs by John Olenyik and Wendy Cooper,” 2CarGarage Contemporary Art Gallery, Savannah, Ga.; “In Between,” 2CarGarage Contemporary Art Gallery, Savannah, Ga.; “The Extended Moment,” DeSoto Row Gallery, Savannah, Ga.; “Breaking Glass: Contemporary Photography,” Town Center Fine Art, Watkinsville, Ga.; and the14th Annual Telfair Art Fair, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Ga. She has received numerous awards and commissions for her work including the 2008 Competition Winner in “The Photo Review” and a third place, “Image08,” the annual photo contest hosted by the New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers.

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 1-4 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email museum@semo.edu.

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