The Shot Tower Gallery proudly presents the exhibition Theme(s) and Variation(s), displaying the photography work of Ardine Nelson and Fredrik Marsh from March 22 - April 27, 2018. This beautiful exhibition displays a variety of photographic work, including their series from the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity's collection (including seven-foot prints,) work from their artist residencies from many countries, and a range of technological approaches including panoramas from Diana Cameras to scanned images from Cortona, Italy. The variety and quality of work of the two prolific artists is mesmerizing and beautiful. Ardine Nelson, Professor Emerita, Department of Art's Photography program, The Ohio State University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, has received Ohio Arts Council and Greater Columbus Arts Council Individual Artist's Fellowships, was a GCAC visiting artist in Spain in the early 90's and has visited Slovakia to teach alternative camera workshops. Her work is included in numerous public collections including the Columbus Museum of Art, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, and Technische Sammlungen Museet der Stadt Dresden, among others. Nelson's practice includes the traditional and non-traditional use of cameras and materials. Her German Schrebergarden work has been recognized through a Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts grant and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Her ongoing body of work, Ceilings, explores formal visual aspects of structures in the process of repurposing/renovation or slated for demolition. Nelson's most recent images explore specimens housed in the OSU Museum of Biological Diversity collections. Fredrik Marsh was born in Quantico, Virginia; lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University, earning a BFA in Photography in 1980 and MFA in Printmaking in 1984. Recipient of a 2008 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Marsh has also received fellowships from Arts Midwest/NEA, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council, and awarded Artist's Project Grants from OAC, the Saxony Ministry for Science & Art, Dresden, Germany, and a 2002 GCAC/State of Saxony Artist Residency in Dresden, Germany. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally since 1978, most recently in Cleveland, Houston, Odense, Salzburg, San Francisco, Woodstock, and Zhengzhou. His photographs are in the permanent collections of Cleveland Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, George Eastman House, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Toledo Museum of Art, and Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle, among others. Marsh has taught photography at various colleges and universities since 1985, most recently for Columbus College of Art & Design, The Ohio State University, and University of Georgia Studies Abroad in Cortona, Italy Program.
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