Pennsylvania-based photographer Judith Joy Ross visits Lafayette College on Monday, Sept. 17. She will speak about her work at noon in the Williams Center for the Arts, room 108. The visit is made possible by the Third Street Artist-in-Residence Program.
The event is free and open to the public.
Over the course of the past thirty years, Judith Joy Ross has produced a remarkable body of work focusing on portraiture. She traditionally works in series and began by photographing people in Eurana Park, Weatherly, Pa. Her work often refers to universal social issues and draws on her own life and experiences. For example, she photographed students and teachers in the small Pennsylvania schools that she had once attended. The resulting series of portraits spoke to the challenges of adolescence and growing up. Ross also did a series of people in front of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and people protesting the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Ross uses a large-format camera and works in both black and white and color. She has received numerous awards for her work including a Guggenheim Fellowship and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and has published several monographs.
The Third Street Artist-in-Residence Program enhances the role of campus and community by supporting the creative arts and artists, as well. Made possible by the generosity of the AKS Foundation and its support of the arts at Lafayette, the program offers opportunities for artists working specifically in photography and film to interact with students, faculty, and the community through courses, critiques, exhibitions, and public lectures throughout the year.
For more information, contact Karina Skvirsky, assistant professor of art at Lafayette, (610) 330-5826, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Greta Brubaker, Lafayette art instructor, (610) 730-9323, email@example.com.
Photo: Copyright © 2012 Judith Joy Ross, Untitled, from the series Easton Portraits