Featuring the following Artists and Educators:
The School for the Creative and Performing Arts
Patrick Lichty is a media “reality” artist, curator, and theorist who explores how media and mediation affect our perception of our environment. He is best known for his work as a principal of the virtual reality performance art group Second Front, and the animator of the activist group, The Yes Men. He is a CalArts/Herb Alpert Fellow and Whitney Biennial exhibitor as part of the collective RTMark. His recent book, Variant Analyses: Interrogations of New Media Culture, was released by the Institute for Networked Culture, and is included in the Oxford Handbook of Virtuality. He is a Professor of Mass Communication at Winona State University.
Alan Brown is a graduate of Syracuse University with a BS degree in Communications, majoring in Advertising Photography and minoring in Art History. He has amassed over four decades of experience with all facets of visual media. In 1981 Alan started PhotoDesign, an advertising photography studio. He then launched Photonics in 1982, a graphic design and web development firm that he sold after 32 years in business. He was also a partner in Tulong LLC, a socially responsible, eco-friendly women’s apparel company, for six years. Since retirement, Alan has been focusing on his art daily, allowing him to explore his love of photography and art and his disdain for being a purist.
Judi Bommarito is a Detroit-based conceptual visual storyteller and ﬁne art photographer. She has been an adjunct instructor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit since 1999, where she also earned her BFA. Her photographic work has been shown and received numerous national and international awards. Her documentary series, The SPACE Between The Cracks, poignantly addresses her mother’s struggle with mental illness and ultimately reveals the universal longing for love and acceptance. This series has received numerous awards, most notably, the 2012 Grand Prize recognition by juror and American photographer Mary Ellen Mark. Most recently, Judi’s curiosity has been piqued by AI-generated imagery created in Mid Journey. The results are often quite fascinating, and this excitement evokes the same sense of magic, much like her early days in the darkroom.