Adriane Little

Adriane Little
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Director, Frostic School of Art and Professor of Kinetic Imaging
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Gwen Frostic School of Art
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5213 USA
  • M.F.A., Photography and Sculpture, University of Buffalo
  • B.S., Education, Buffalo State University

Adriane Little is Professor of Kinetic Imaging at Western Michigan University's Gwen Frostic School of Art and has served as FSoA Director since 2021. Adriane Joined the Frostic School of Art in 2006. In the fall semester, she often teaches interdisciplinary topic courses. Recent topics include You Are Here, Ghost Hunting, Identity and Image, Text(ure), and The Birthday Party. 

Little's studio practice originates from the perspective of photographic processes, but also crosses media and theoretical positions.  The underpinnings of her visual work and research are at an intersection of trauma and ritual through an interrogation of a presence and absence of the maternal body. The translation of this space is both literal and metaphor or the architecture of an ephemeral maternal space that is embedded within what she calls the matrilineal ghost. As a continuation of these ideas, recent work turns to literature as a source of visualization. Literature is riddled with dead or otherwise missing mothers.

By both committee and invitation, her artwork has received national and international recognition in numerous exhibitions and video screenings.  Since fall 2006, her artwork has exhibited in 60 different venues in 57 international cities and in 99 different venues in 79 U.S. cities.   Most notable and recent venues include; Gallery 1401 (Philadelphia PA), CEPA Gallery (Buffalo NY), the Institute of Culture (Trbovlje Slovenia), The Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock NY), Chelsea Art Museum (NYC) and the Leeds International Film Festival. Her short video art work, Spilled Milk on Banjo, has screened at 18 national and international festivals; including, the North Wales International Film Festival (North Wales UK), Siouxland Film Festival (Sioux City IA), Sunrise Film Festival (River John, Nova Scotia Canada) and Mykonos Biennale (Mýkonos, Kikladhes, Greece), among others.  Her short video work, Little Ghost Girl, has screened so far screened at 20 national and international festivals; including, the Syracuse International Film Festival (Syracuse NY), Oxford International Short Film Festival (Oxford UK), Solaris Film Festival (Nice France), New York Independent Film Festival (NYC) and the Arizona International Film Festival (Tucson AZ) where Little Ghost Girl received the Best Experimental Short Award in 2019.

As independent curator, she has curated several solo and group video exhibitions. She has established two ongoing video exhibition series, The Frostic School of Art Video and Sound Art Series (solo exhibitions) 17 Days (group exhibitions), plus 3 Ferris Wheels, which is a group video exhibition originating with the Gwen Frostic School of Art that has travelled to eight other galleries, both national and international. 


Adriane Little, Between the Acts