Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography
Jean Marie Casbarian was born to an Armenian father and a German mother on a military weapons testing ground in Aberdeen, Maryland. Her nomadic lifestyle has led her through various lives in the U.S. including Chicago, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New York. She received her M.F.A. from Milton Avery School of Art at Bard College in New York in the year 2000 where she focused on interdisciplinary installation practices and incorporates photography, film, and video projections, sound, sculpture, and performance into her artworks.
Along with exhibiting her works throughout the United States, Europe, Central America, and Asia, she has received a number of awards and artist residencies including a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space Grant; a Research / Studio Art Associate with Five-Colleges, Inc.; Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation nomination; The LaNapoule Foundation Grant in LaNapoule, France; the Chicago Artist's Assistance Project Grant; and an Associateship with The Rocky Mountain Women's Institute. As an educator, Jean-Marie currently teaches and advises graduate students at Transart Institute, a low-residency MFA program based in Berlin and New York City and is also a faculty member with the ICP-Bard MFA program and the General Studies Program at the International Center of Photography in New York City. She has taught in the film and photography departments at Hampshire College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Jean Marie currently lives and works in New York City.
This introductory course is about looking at, interpreting, and making images. The photograph, through its conscious and unconscious design, has infiltrated every corner of our existence. Our tools continue to become more sophisticated and our visual language expands. Over the semester, you will gain knowledge of basic digital camera operation and exposure control, composition and aesthetic, and basic color digital printing techniques. Readings and film/slide presentations will provide a platform to discuss the historic and contemporary language of photography including its cultural distribution and social themes and issues. You will be encouraged to challenge traditional photographic ideas and learn to think outside of the box. Ultimately, each student will begin to define their personal relationship to photography and how it might be used to question its conventional definition. Additional lab sessions conducted by a teaching assistant will begin midway through the semester, schedule TBD.