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October 2011

Clemson University in Clemson, SC, Features Works by Terri Bright

Clemson University in Clemson, SC, will present an exhibit of works by Visiting Artist Terri Bright, on view in the MFA Gallery, located in Lee Hall at Clemson University from Oct. 24-28, 2011. Bright will give a lecture in Lee Hall on Oct. 25, at 5pm. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Bright is a fine art photographer who has been working predominantly in color film since 1998. According to Bright, in her work unfamiliarity breeds feelings of discomfort (from being lost or alone) and excitement (the anticipation of exploration and discovery). This conflict between the disorder of her surroundings and her internal desire for pictorial order and beauty is the impetus for her current body of photographic work.

Bright offers, “as I photograph, I seek out details, shadows and misplaced objects. I am attracted to imperfection - to scenes not flawlessly constructed or illuminated, to common spaces not scenic or ideal. As I document the landscape around me, I seek out patterns, rhythms, and chance encounters that personalize the environment. This allows me to turn what is public into a private experience, to organize what is chaotic into a satisfying design, and to create quiet, elegant narratives from the everyday experience. As such, the subjects of my photographs exist as small truths or clues that have been left behind, waiting to be noticed, contemplated, interpreted, transformed, and released.”

Bright lives and works in Greenville, SC, where she is Associate Professor of Art, teaching photography and drawing at Furman University. She received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. Bright has had solo exhibitions at the Abrons Art Center in New York, The Society for Contemporary Photography in Kansas City, Washington University School of Art in St. Louis, and the University of California, Berkeley extension. She has also been exhibited in group exhibitions that have been juried by Anne Wilkes Tucker (Museum of Fine Arts Houston), Rod Slemmons (MoCP Chicago), and Ellen Handy (CUNY). In 2005, she received a CAP Sabbatical Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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