Art Professor Showcases First of Three Shows, "Cuba Inside/Out"

Bethel College’s Chair of the Visual Arts Department Christopher Stackowicz will showcase his newest photography exhibition, entitled “Cuba Inside/Out,” during an opening reception on Friday, April 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will take place at LangLab, South Bend’s newest gallery space, which is located at 1302 High Street. The exhibit will run April 27 to Aug. 1.

Featuring photography by Stackowicz and text by Yael Prizant, Ph.D., Notre Dame professor and writer, the exhibition will capture the daily drama and street theater which the two experienced during a recent trip to Cuba.

Prizant has been researching and writing about Cuban theatre since 2003. When she met Stackowicz, they realized his acumen for color and composition would dynamically represent the island, its art, its people and its complexities. In 2011, they went to Cuba together and took nearly 100,000 photos of Havana and Santiago de Cuba for Yael's forthcoming book, “Cuba Inside/Out: Theatre and Revolution in the Age of Globalization” (Southern Illinois University Press). The pair then divided the photos thematically, into what has become three distinct shows: on drama, tourism and revolution. The work depicts the drama of the street, as well as within Cuban theatres. The combination of excerpts from Prizant's book, quotes from recent Cuban plays, and Stackowicz's stunning photographs provoke a reconsideration of how lived experiences influence art.

“The photos are both insightful and stunningly beautiful, which I believe is the work of the place, not the artist. Each photo has the ability to convey layered messages, and the meanings seem to change as much as the richly saturated streetscape,” says Stackowicz.

The exhibit is free, family-friendly and open to the public. For more information, contact Langlab.admin@gmail.com.

Biographies:

Christopher Stackowicz attended the University of Notre Dame where he received a B.F.A. degree in studio art with a minor in art history. He then received his M.F.A in installation and drawing from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, with a concurrent graduate certificate in cultural studies. He teaches several classes at Bethel including senior thesis, art history, painting, 2D design and color theory.

His artistic specialties are in painting and interactive panoramic photography. His primary area of research is creating interactive photographs and applications for display, research and as a vehicle for better understanding the site of antiquity. He has worked for the past 13 years as an editor, photographer, web designer and interactive media specialist for Dr. Robin Rhodes on his Greek Architecture at Corinth project. He has also worked on a variety of projects for the American School of Classical Studies in Athens as a conservation photographer and as the editor and coordinator for the upcoming Athenian Agora Site Guide iBook, the interactive panoramic photographer for the SHARP project at Korphos and for the Snite Museum.

As a painter, his work is owned by numerous collections and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. He had and has participated in over 100 shows since his MFA in 2002. Stackowicz is very active in the local arts community, and his work can be seen all over town. He is currently working on the Marian devotional ceiling fresco at Queen of Peace in Osceola and the outdoor public mural at Bar Louie at University Park Mall in Mishawaka.

Yael Prizant is a dramaturg, translator, teacher and advocate for the arts. Her primary area of research is Cuban theatre since the fall of the Soviet Union, and she translates the work of Cuban playwright Abel González Melo. She studied dramaturgy at UMASS Amherst and worked as a literary manager in Los Angeles for many years. In 2007, she earned her Ph.D. at UCLA and currently works as an assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame. She is also a proud co-founder of Ultreia, Inc., a nonprofit organization that supports artistic and educational endeavors that serve the South Bend community.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.