PCA&D instructor of photography, Dan Lobdell, is one of this year's recipients of a Franz and Virginia Bader Fund grant.
Lobdell will use the grant to assist in the execution of a specific portion of his long-term project, "Rust Belt Beaux Arts," an exploration of the buildings and landscapes in America's industrial heartland. As part of the series, Lobdell is photographing late 19th and early 20th century building facades in Rust Belt cities such as Cleavelend, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo.
In his application to the Bader Fund, Lobdell wrote that these "...buildings, some grand and some more modest, housed institutions and businesses during a period when the Rust Belt cities were at their height of economic and political power. More recently, these communities have struggled to deal with the effects of de-industrialization, diminishing populations, and general urban decline. I want to investigate how these buildings, in their stateliness and various degrees of disrepair, engage with the environment of this new urban reality."
Lobdell, a Lancaster, Pa. resident, is represented by Gallery 339 in Philadelphia, and his work is in public and private collections. He shares his vision and expertise with photgraphy majors he teaches in PCA&D's BFA degree program, helping to shape our graduates into strong thinkers, strong makers, and strong communicators.
Image copyright: Dan Lobdell
The Bader Fund awards grants each year to visual artists over the age of 40, who reside within 150 miles of Washington, D.C., and "whose ability to concentrate on their art would be enhanced by receiving a grant."
See more about the Bader Fund here.
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