2014 SPArC lecture series begins with Brenton Hamilton

The revised date of this presentation is February 20.

Visual artist and historian Brenton Hamilton comes to Saint Joseph’s College on February 20 for the 2014 edition of the Speakers, Performers, Artists, and Culture (SPArC) lecture series.

Using photography in unconventional ways, Hamilton mixes ancient and present ideas into a contemporary vision. Inspired by early photographic practice, and devoted to 19th-century techniques for his printmaking, Hamilton mines art history for his work. He employs platinum, gum bichromate, and the cyanotype process in his photo collage work.

Hamilton has led classes at Maine Media Workshops for 22 years. His areas of specialty include the history of photography, black-and-white darkroom craft, and historic processes. He lectures widely both in Maine and nationally about contemporary issues in photography, its history, and other subject area interests within the medium and contemporary trends. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the International Center of Photography in New York City and teaches many historic process courses at The Center of Alternative Processes, also in New York. He is a contributing writer and president of Obscura, a nonprofit organization devoted to the progress of youth education in photography and books.

Hamilton’s presentation begins at 6 p.m. in room 128 of Harold Alfond Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

SPArC continues during the spring semester with two additional presentations.

–3-D photography with Roger Richard, March 26, 12 p.m.

–West African drumming with Annegret Baier, April 3, 12 p.m.

Hosted by Saint Joseph’s Art Department, SPArC stimulates artistic discourse in the Lakes Region by creating an interdisciplinary platform that brings creative professionals to campus to share their work and lead discussions. All SPArC events are free and open to the public. For more information on the series, contact Chris Sullivan at csullivan@sjcme.edu.

January 31, 2014
Contact: David Svenson at 207-893-7723 · dsvenson@sjcme.edu