Surface Tension


“Dark Cloud [over Sawahera]”

Surface Tension
Photographs by Terri Warpinksi
Guest Curated by Anne Leighton Massoni
Program Director of Photography at the University of the Arts
In the Gershman Gallery: January 26 – March 24, 2018

The University of the Arts Exhibition Opening and Reception
6:30 – 8:30 pm | March 2 | UArts Hamilton & Arronson Galleries
Sponsored by The University of the Arts

Please join us at the University of the Arts for an evening of exhibitions, including the Society for Photographic Education 6th Annual Combined Caucus Juried Exhibition. Receptions will be held in four academic buildings on UArts’ campus. With eight formal exhibitions and several pop-up and work–in-progress displays, the University of the Arts looks forward to hosting you as we kick off First Friday in Philadelphia.

Terri Warpinski and her connection to the places, peoples, cultures and histories that contribute to Surface Tension are ideological as well as subjective. Warpinski begins with herself as the subject of a political system that authored and contributed to the dynamics that are addressed in her work and planted in the territory of “between-ness.” Through her photographs in Surface Tension, Warpinski extends an invitation to examine how power is established and rationalized.

After 32 years of teaching and administrative service at the University of Oregon, Terri Warpinski is now a Professor Emerita of Art and is realizing a lifelong dream of being a full time studio artist. Her creative and scholarly career is distinguished by a Fulbright Fellowship (Israel 2000-2001) and most recently as a recipient of a DAAD Research Grant (2016) to Berlin working with the Stiftung Berliner Mauer as her host institution. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship (2014), and two Career Opportunity Grants (2015, 2013) from the Ford Family Foundation and the Oregon Art Commission. Her work reflects her longstanding interest in the traces of human activity embedded in the landscape.  

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the University of the Arts.

Free and open to the public: Monday-Saturday, 9 AM-5 PM, and Sunday, 9 AM-2 PM.


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