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Visiting Artist: Jen Blazina

September 30, 2010
Dalton Recital Hall
1 p.m.

in conjunction with the conference for the Society of Photographic Education Midwest Region

Jen Blazina will be presenting a lecture on her artwork, which is a mixture of sculpture, installation and printmedia. Many of her installations are influenced by her family's oral history and photographic archive. She will touch on how the influence of images and words has transformed her concepts of memory. Through her own photography and appropriated images, she will explain the influence of imagery and how it retains evidence of recollections, which become a metaphor for the fragmentation of memory and the desire to recapture those ephemeral moments. In her lecture, she will show how her installations examine commonplace objects and subtle images, which evoke an ephemeral sense of familiarity with the past.

Jen Blazina is from Philadelphia where she has a studio and is a professor at Drexel University. Among her solo exhibitions are: The Garden of Decadence in the Netherlands; Oracle in Germany; Recollection at Art Basel Miami. She has been to the residencies of: Frans Masserel Centre in Belgium; Kala Art Institute in CA; The Creative Glass Center Fellowship in NJ. Her grants include the National Endowment for the Arts; Leeway Foundation, and the Independence Foundation.