Foto Founders is an invitational exhibition recognizing five influential photographers and educators who have helped to develop the well-respected and thriving photography departments within the Greater Cincinnati region’s academic institutions. These five artists-turned-educators initiated and built the university photography programs that have seeded, grown and nurtured this region’s photo community. With a combined 160 years of teaching experience, they have educated and mentored thousands of young photographers.
The roles these artists play in the founding and development of the photo community often goes undocumented. Their work and influence as artists is frequently overshadowed by their roles as teachers. This exhibition seeks to highlight the significance of these individuals by recognizing their leadership, their dedication and appreciation for photography, and to re-introduce them as practicing artists within the field of photography.
The goal of Foto Founders is to educate the public about the academic roots of photography in Greater Cincinnati; to introduce the community to these leaders and to the rich history behind the area’s university photography programs; to honor the founders’ legacies as both teachers and artists; and to foster an environment of learning within the region’s photo community.
Featured artists include Jerry Stratton and Jane Alden Stevens, University of Cincinnati; Barbara Houghton and Barry Andersen, Northern Kentucky University; and Cal Kowal, the Art Academy of Cincinnati. The exhibit will be guest-curated by local artist Diane Kruer.