Photographer and digital artist Debbie Grossman will visit Lafayette College during the week of October 20 for an artist’s residency. While on campus, she will meet with advanced art students, art classes and give an Artist Talk on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at noon in Williams Center for the Arts, room 108. Her residency is part of Lafayette’s Third Street Artist-In-Residence Program, which is graciously funded by Amy Smith and the AKS Foundation. The talk is free and open to the public.
Grossman received her undergraduate degrees in Women’s Studies and Art History from Barnard College and her MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Arts from The School of Visual Arts. She is also a Senior Editor at Popular Photography Magazine, where she is the resident expert on image editing software and technique. Her work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Jewish Museum, among others. She is represented by the Julie Saul Gallery, New York.
Her work incorporates elements of feminism, historical research, and a deft ability to seamlessly manipulate archival photographs via digital means. Her skill and creativity are evident in her Pie Town and Postmark projects. In Pie Town she has altered a series of Russell Lee photos of a rural town from the 1940’s. In the photos she replaces the men with women, creating an imaginary all-female society. These images unite Grossman’s affinity for feminism and photo alteration with her enduring interest in life on the American frontier. In Postmark, Grossman creates new letters from her deceased mother by rearranging her mother’s preexisting written notes in Photoshop.
Grossman’s visit will give the Lafayette community a chance to learn about her process and work, as well as allow students to interact and receive feedback from a working artist. The Third Street AIR Program strives to connect students and the community with practicing artists from all stages of their careers and from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.
Learn more about Grossman’s work: www.debbiegrossman.com
Photo by Debbie Grossman. Jessie Evans-Whinery, homesteader, with her wife Edith Evans-Whinery and their baby. Higher res photo may be available.