Associate Professor of Art Michael Kolster has two important exhibitions opening in as many days — and more on the horizon. On Thursday, July 12, Kolster’s Still Life: Photographs on Glass opens with a reception at the Schroeder Romero & Shredder Gallery on West 26th Street in New York City. The show is composed exclusively of ambrotypes — photographs created by a positive image on a sheet of glass using the wet plate collodion process. The solo show runs through August 10, 2012.
Working in collaboration with Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies Matthew Klingle, Kolster is opening another show one day later on July 13 closer to home. A River Lost & Found: The Androscoggin River in Time and Place, is a companion exhibition to the William Wegman: Hello Nature show at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. At the center of the exhibition are photographs of the present-day river and its environs produced through a variety of techniques including the 19th-century wet-plate processes, which emerged roughly contemporaneous with the Androscoggin’s industrialization. Oral histories collected from members of the Maine community are also included.
This fall, Kolster will mount three more solo exhibitions. James River Photographs opens September 7 at the Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, Va.; Two Rivers opens October 5 at 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, Fla.; and Down by the River opens November 13 at the College of Southern Maryland’s Tony Hungerford Gallery College.
Kolster’s work is also featured in 2012 Art in the Open: The Exhibition, a group show at Philadelphia’s Independence Seaport Museum. That exhibition opened in June and runs through September 9, 2012. View a schedule of upcoming exhibitions by Kolster. View The Daily Post, Kolster’s web-based collection of photographs that grows by one entry each day.