September 21, 2007

Kolb's photography part of Chicago exhibit

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Photography by Gary P. Kolb, interim Mass Communication and Media Arts dean at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is part of an exhibit featuring the landscapes of Illinois.

"The Grammar of Landscape: Photographic Visions of Illinois," opened earlier this week at the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery. The exhibit is on the second floor of the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., Suite 2-200, Chicago.

Kolb's portion of the exhibit includes five landscape photographs and three digital montages — work that originated in the Shawnee National Forest. The overall exhibit also includes the works of 10 photographers and one performance artist that examines the state's numerous features through photographs.

"I'm honored to be in such a prestigious group. There are some really well-known folks who are included in the exhibition and it's very good company to show with," Kolb said. "The show is an interesting survey of everything from the urban landscape of downtown Chicago to the deep forests of Southern Illinois."

A public reception is set for 5:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28. The exhibit is in Chicago through Jan. 25. The two-year exhibit then travels to the Illinois State Museum in Springfield before going to venues including Lockport and the Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center at Rend Lake.

Kolb, 55, became interim dean in May. Prior to that, Kolb was associate dean, professor, and director of the college's New Media Center. A former chair of the University's Department of Cinema and Photography, Kolb has been with SIUC since 1979.