Opening reception for Sex Death, Religion, And Guilt: Photography of Stan Strembicki and Alumni. Photo: Carol Green/WashU Photos

Sex, Death, Religion, and Guilt: Photography of Stan Strembicki and Alumni

October 5, 2018 - November 10, 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 presents Sex, Death, Religion, and Guilt: Photography of Stan Strembicki and Alumni, featuring artwork by Strembicki and twenty-nine alumni with whom he has worked closely. The exhibition 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.

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 Master of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and most recently, in 2003, she earned a Master of Fine Art from Washington University in St. Louis. 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.