A Photographic Retrospective of the Work of Saundra K. Stemen
October 1 - November 25
Available for viewing at University Circle United Methodist Church
Monday through Friday 10 am - 3 pm & Sunday 10 am -12 pm
Free and Open to the Public
A Note from Saundra K. Stemen From 1970 to 1995 I taught Studio Art and Advance Placement Art History at Lakewood High School. I had the best job in this city!!! Our department had five fine art teachers and offered students twenty one sections of art over four years. The one area we did not have was photography. In the mid 80’s we received an Artist in Residence Grant from the Ohio Arts Council. A professional photographer spent three months with my students and me. My life changed forever. The next year photography was in our curriculum and I was the instructor. During the next ten summers I set about to get the best education I could. I studied at: Miami University Cleveland Institute of Art Lakeland Community College Tri- C Rochester Institute of Technology Ohio University in Scotland Ron Rosenstock in Ireland Ron Rosenstock in Tuscany I also entered local juried shows and won several awards. Two of my favorite venues were Bay Crafters Annual Jury Show and the Jewish Community Center in Cleveland Heights. Because I was teaching, I explored a number of directions in photography. My early work is bold, colorful, and graphic, focusing on composition. Subject matter is not that important to me. As I progressed I became more and more experimental. I wanted to push the edge of the envelope, to show you things in photography that perhaps you’ve not seen before. Because I was also teaching Art History I enjoyed researching past photographers. Two of my favorites are Edward Steichen and Edward Weston whose original work I was privileged to see. I want to thank two of my friends, John Harmon and John Wheeler for helping to make this exhibit possible. Enjoy!