“Just Suppose: The Art of Maggie Taylor and Jerry Uelsmann”

Atlanta, GA — The Art Institute of Atlanta and its branch campus, The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur will join in the annual "Atlanta Celebrates Photography" festivities with "Just Suppose: The Art of Maggie Taylor and Jerry Uelsmann," an exhibition opening on September 27, 2010, and running through November 6, 2010. The exhibition will be divided between the galleries at the two campuses.

Lecture and Reception
Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor will visit Atlanta on October 14 and 15 for several programs. They will present a lecture, co-sponsored by Atlanta Celebrates Photography, at 7 pm on Thursday, October 14, at the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum on the Georgia Tech campus. On Friday, October 15, the artists will attend a “progressive” opening reception.  The reception will begin at 5 pm in the Janet S. Day Gallery at The Art Institute of Atlanta with wine and hors d’oeuvres, and then proceed to the Gallery at The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur for dessert and coffee beginning at 7 pm. Guests are encouraged to select a designated driver for transportation between events. Both events are open to the public at no charge. 

About the Work
Although their photographs have a similar ethereal quality, Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor approach the making of photographs very differently. Jerry Uelsmann rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s as a master black-and-white printer creating composite images with multiple enlargers and long hours in the traditional darkroom. The images in “Just Suppose” are printed digitally, in much larger size than in any previous exhibition. In contrast, Maggie Taylor produces her dreamlike color images by scanning objects into a computer using a flatbed scanner, manipulating the images with Adobe Photoshop, and printing them in a digital workflow using Epson Stylus Pro printers. She only uses a camera to photograph objects that won’t fit on a scanner. The juxtaposition of these two artists’ work makes for an exciting and illuminating experience for the viewer. Additional material and quotes from the artists can be found in a feature about “Just Suppose” on the Epson website. 

About Jerry Uelsmann
A native of Detroit, Jerry Uelsmann earned his BFA at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and his MS and MA degrees at Indiana University. A retired professor of photography and graduate research at the University of Florida, he is the recipient of both Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Uelsmann is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, a founding member of the Society of Photography Education, and a former trustee of the Friends of Photography. His work has been exhibited in more than 100 individual shows across the U.S. and abroad. His photographs are in the permanent collections of many museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Chicago Art Institute, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Biliothèque National in Paris.  He lives in Gainesville (FL) with his wife, photographer Maggie Taylor. To see examples of Jerry Uelsmann’s work and to learn more, visit http://www.uelsmann.net/.

About Maggie Taylor
Maggie Taylor earned her BA in philosophy from Yale University and her MFA in photography from the University of Florida. After more than ten years as a still-life photographer, she began to use the computer to create her images in 1996. Her work is featured in “Adobe Photography Master Class: Maggie Taylor’s Landscape of Dreams,” published by Adobe Press in 2005, and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” Modernbook Editions, Palo Alto, 2008. Taylor’s images have been shown in one-person exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad and are in numerous public and private collections, including The Art Museum, Princeton University; The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida; the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (TX), and The Museum of Photography in Seoul, Korea. A two-time recipient of the State of Florida’s Individual Artist’s Fellowships, she also won the Santa Fe Center for Photography’s Project Competition. To see examples of Maggie Taylor’s work and to learn more, visit http://www.maggietaylor.com/.

Gallery Information
The exhibit will be on view from September 27 through November 7, 2010, in the Janet S. Day Gallery at The Art Institute of Atlanta and in the The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur Gallery.

The Art Institute of Atlanta is located at 6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, 100 Embassy Row, Atlanta, GA 30328.  Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 9 pm; Friday, 9 am – 5 pm; and Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm.  For more information or directions, call 770.394.8300 or 1.800.275.4242, or visit www.artinstitutes.edu/atlanta.

The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur is located at One West Court Square, Suite 110, Decatur, GA 30030. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 am – 7 pm; Friday from 9 am – 5 pm, and Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. For information or directions, call 404.942.1800 or online at www.artinstitutes.edu/decatur.

About Atlanta Celebrates Photography
Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation of the photographic arts and the enrichment of the Atlanta art community. ACP hosts an annual, citywide photography festival in October: the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival. The festival includes a wide variety of exhibitions and multiple events around Atlanta and throughout the surrounding communities. The festival’s diverse offerings bring together professional and amateur photographers, general art enthusiasts, gallery owners, critics, and collectors. Throughout the year, ACP sponsors additional community programming and opportunities specifically for the professional development of photographers

About The Art Institute of Atlanta
The Art Institute of Atlanta (Atlanta campus) is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Art Institute of Atlanta,  including its branch campuses — The Art Institute of Atlanta–Decatur, The Art Institute of Charleston, The Art Institute of Tennessee–Nashville, The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, The Art Institute of Washington, and The Art Institute of Washington– Northern Virginia —  is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of The Art Institute of Atlanta. The Art Institute of Atlanta and its branch campuses (www.artinstitutes.edu/atlanta) are part of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of more than 45 educational institutions throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion, and culinary arts professionals.

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