October 1982 field trip to Elephant Rocks State Park. Full credit below.

Opening Reception: Sex, Death, Religion, and Guilt

October 5, 2018
Des Lee Gallery, 1627 Washington Ave.

In celebration of his remarkable 36-year tenure as a professor of art at Washington University, the Des Lee Gallery will present an exhibition of work by Stan Strembicki and 29 alumni from October 5-November 10. Sex, Death, Religion, and Guilt: Photography of Stan Strembicki and Alumni is curated by Susan L. Moore, MFA03, professor and chair of the Fine Arts Department, Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University South Bend. The opening reception for the show will take place on Oct. 5, from 5-7p at Des Lee Gallery. Opening remarks by Carmon Colangelo, the Ralph J. Nagel Dean, at 5:30p.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Stan Strembicki attended the University of Rhode Island where he earned his BFA in
Photography and Studio Art in 1975. In 1977 he received his MFA in Photography from the California Institute of the Arts. Strembicki taught at Southern Connecticut State University and the University of New Haven until 1982, after which he accepted a position as area head of photography at the School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, where he is currently Professor of Art.

Strembicki has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, and has taught in Florence, Italy, since 1990. He has a long history with the city of New Orleans, having first visited in 1984. He has photographed the last 26 Mardi Gras events in New Orleans, and in 1996 lived in the French Quarter during a sabbatical leave. His work in post-Katrina New Orleans began 30 days after the hurricane hit the city and continues to this day. His current work in the lower 9th ward documents the reconstruction of that neighborhood and the faith-based community. In 1993 he was awarded a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. Strembicki’s work has been purchased by the Louisiana State Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and the Kresge Art Museum.

Susan L. Moore received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College in Chicago, a Masters in Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and most recently, in 2003, she earned a Masters in Fine Art from Washington University, School of Art in St. Louis, Missouri. Moore’s photography has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her recent landscape images were selected for exhibition at the South Bend Museum of Art and she has received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission to support her landscape photography projects. Most recently, she was awarded a residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program in Brooklyn, New York.

Featured alumni include: Karen Boyd, Scott Clinton, Gregory Coan, Camaron Cohen, Courtney Coolidge, Arthur Fields, Sarina Finkelstein, Douglas Gaubatz, Frankie Holt, David Johnson, Nicholas Kahn, Anna Kuperberg, David Leventi, Benjamin Lowy, Esther Murphy, Sara Northerner, Margaret Oppenheimer, Matthew O'Shea, Shannon Randol, Gabrielle Reed, Kathleen Sanker, Richard Selesnick, David Samuel Stern, Christian Storm, Anthony Thompson, T. Ann Tolin, A.C. Towery, Orestes Valdes, and Jon Yamashiro.

Image Credit

October 1982. Field trip to Elephant Rocks State Park with photo majors and Herb Weitman. Pictured from left: Herb Weitman, unknown, Dan Buckley, Don Bates, and Orestes Valdez.