Space 204 Gallery Opens August 24 with Photography Exhibition of Michael Sherwin

The Department of Art’s Space 204 Gallery celebrates the beginning of fall semester classes with the August 24 opening  of a new exhibit in Ingram Studio Arts Center.  Vanishing Points features the photography of Michael Sherwin, associate professor of art, School of Art and Design, West Virginia University.  A closing reception is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, from 4-6 pm, with the artist in attendance.

Vanishing Points, an ongoing project begun in 2011, combines extensive research of historical archives, maps and contemporary satellite imagery, as well as direct collaboration with archaeologists, historians and scholars.  The project explores the region of south central Ohio and neighboring states of West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana and their sacred status to its indigenous people. The sites that Sherwin chose to visit and photograph are literal and metaphorical vanishing points. They are places in the landscape where two lines, or cultures, converge.  His work reflects on the monuments our modern culture will leave behind and what the archaeological evidence of our modern civilization reveals about our time on Earth.

Sherwin is an artist currently based in the Appalachian Mountains of northern West Virginia.  From an early age, he found inspiration in the phenomena of the physical world and has spent most of his life exploring and seeking wild places, including nine years in the American West.  Using the mediums of photography, video and installation, his work explores scientific, cultural and historical interpretations of the natural world.

He has won numerous grants and awards for his work and has exhibited and lectured widely. Select images from his Vanishing Points project have been featured in exhibitions at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Morris Museum of Art, Huntington Museum of Art, and the Center for Fine Art Photography, among others.  Sherwin earned an MFA from the University of Oregon in 2004 and a BFA from Ohio State University in 1999.  He is also an active and participating member of the Society for Photographic Education and the lead instructor for WVU’s Jackson Hole Photography Workshop. 

Free and open to the public, Vanishing Points is on view Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm in Space 204 Gallery, Ingram Studio Arts Center, 1204 25th Avenue South (25th and Garland Avenues) on the Vanderbilt campus.  For more information, contact the Department of Art office at 615.343.7241 or email martha.l.dale@vanderbilt.edu.

*Mural, Point Pleasant Riverfront Park, Point Pleasant, WV, archival pigment print