Senior Photographic Art Exhibit Serves as Creative Send – North Texas Daily
TECHNE: The Fall 2021 UNT BFA Photography Exhibit features the work of 10 senior Bachelor of Fine Arts students and serves as the final submission before graduation.
The name TECHNE comes from Greek term technê meaning art, skill, craft, or technique, and artists are enrolled together in the two-semester senior photography course.
“TECHNE is a beautiful way to look at art without having to fall into all the trappings that we have in western art,” said Dottie Frank, head of photography.
The students featured are Riley Barkowsky, Jessica Brown, Whitney Ethridge, Dottie Frank, Amy Jazwiec, Rynae’ Miles, Riley Oldham, Jordan Smith, Diana Trejo and Gina Visingardi.
The TECHNE exhibition presents several forms of photography including figuration, alternative processes, digital and other techniques. Frank said it was interesting that photography fell under a broader umbrella than individual photos.
“You can move it around and change it and move it around as much as you want, just like any medium,” Frank said. “The photography program is not restrictive and you can see that in how we all got to the end.”
Jazwiec, a photography senior, said she highlighted her journey with anxiety and dissociation through glitch effects and line work done using Photoshop and photo manipulation. Jazwiec said using Photoshop allowed her to be more hands-on and manipulate the image to represent exactly what she meant.
Jazwiec said her photos in the exhibit allowed her to use Photoshop elements she learned in the photography program.
“[The photography program] gave me a lot of tools to think about my art in terms of concept rather than technique,” Jazwiec said. “They wanted us to focus a lot more on what we were saying rather than what we were doing.”
Miles, a photography senior, focused on capturing texture in her photos – she said it was good to see the final product of her work as working up to the showcase was stressful.
“The end product was worth all the struggle,” Miles said.
A senior photographer, Oldham first majored in kinesiology before moving into photography. Her interest in photography came when she played softball and her mother took pictures during games.
Oldham was introduced to long exposure photography during a college class, and she said she loves the element of surprise it has.omes with a long exposure because she can’t see every aspect of the photo until she gets to her computer.
“I’m pretty excited,” Oldham said. “It’s nice to see all of my technical aspects and everything I’ve done in the last year coming together. It kind of looks like the picture in the frame – it’s all finally framed and hung on the wall. It’s official.”
TECHNE is the first exhibition in which several seniors have been presented.
“It was very exciting,” Jazweic said. “It was a great step to take in my artistic career.”
TECHNE can be found at UNT CoLab through Saturday at 207 N. Elm St.
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