is a freelance photographer based in Chicago. He received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, and a BA in Sociology from Boston College. After college, he worked as a community organizer in southern Oregon. He is a recipient of a Follett Fellowship from Columbia College Chicago, a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council. His photographs are part of the collections in the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Midwest Photographers Project of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
I was introduced to Jason’s work when I saw his New Deal Utopia series at Waubonsee Community College’s Arrowhead Room gallery. This solo show was a fresh look on a group of planned communities from the Great Depression in Ohio, Maryland, and Wisconsin. The honesty in his work was one of the things that attracted me to it right away. I admire the way he manages to capture beautiful colors and interesting compositions while portraying his subjects in a very human way. Not glamorizing them or exploiting them. I can recognize a sense of deep familiarity and nobility in the people and environments he photographs. I find that to be one of the most successful aspects of of documentary photography.
You can hear more about his process and his Youth Boxing series in this interview on NPR’s eight-forty-eight
Angela Bryant is director and owner of Abryant Gallery, a rotating contemporary art gallery for new and emerging artists. She has curated over a dozen exhibitions, participated as both a juror and a panelist and is also the new director of Dominican University’s O’Connor Gallery. In 2009, she received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was the recipient of several awards and honors including the Presidential Scholarship Award, and the Archibald Motley Award for Ragdale Artist Colony.
Angela’s work goes past traditional painting and drawing. You’ll want to walk up to it, touch it and even squeeze it. It has parts that are sewn into, areas that are raised into solid shapes and some that are soft like a pillow. When I look at her paintings I find connections to interior design, due to the heavy use of pattern and hard edge shapes; I think of topographical maps in areas where the shapes become more organic and layered; I’m even reminded of crafts where I see stitching and puffy surfaces. It’s great work to experience up-close and in person.
The work will be up in the first and second floor of Building C, across from the Book Store and Student Union respectively.
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