Slideshow: Student Artists Present Summertime Work

James Boeding ’14, Associate Professor of Art Mike Kolster, Zara Bowden ’13, Becky Rosen ’13

Three students who received Bowdoin grants to pursue summertime art projects used photography and printmaking to explore distinctive themes in very different parts of the country, from Texas to New York.

Becky Rosen ’13, Zara Bowden ’13 and James Boeding ’14 recently presented their work at Bowdoin, talking about the art they made with support from either the Kaempfer or McKeen grants.

Rosen, who received the Kaempfer Grant, spoke about her show, “Beyond V4: Exploring Identity and Recognition.” In it, she uses photography to challenge the way we look at those around us. By methodically removing the faces from the subjects of her photos, she encourages viewers to search for other ways of defining or perceiving identity.

Summertime Art Grants
Both the McKee Photography Grant and the Kaempfer Summer Art Grant provide Bowdoin students with funding to pursue summer projects in the arts. Students submit proposals of their ideas and, upon acceptance, spend the summer completing their projects across the country. Each fall, these students present their work to the college by giving a public lecture and by installing a gallery of their work on campus.

Zara Bowden ’13, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, spent the summer searching for, examining and photographing street art in her hometown, as well as in Austin. Hoping to discover the line between street art and graffiti, Bowden photographed many examples of art she found in both cities. Then she created prints to bring the art from a public outdoor space to a gallery setting. Her project, “Street Art: A Transformative Reconstruction of Tagged Space,” leaves us wondering about the ways in which we view art in conjunction with its surroundings.

James Boeding ’14 spent his summer commuting between New York City and his hometown of Millerton, N.Y. His photography project, “The Weekender: New York City to Millerton,” chronicles his commute through hundreds of spontaneously taken digital photographs. Capturing images that juxtapose the hustle and bustle of city life — the subway and crowded sidewalks — with stunning images of Millerton’s natural beauty and small-town charm, Boeding creates a compelling portrait of the differences — and even similarities — between the two.

Rosen is the first of the three students to have her work displayed in the Visual Arts Center’s “fishbowl” gallery. Over the next six weeks, Bowden and Boeding will install galleries of their own, to share their work with the college community.

Story by Lidey Heuck ’13

The following photos display first Rosen’s work, then Boeding’s and Bowden’s.

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