Faculty member named Exhibition Director of International Photo Festival in Korea
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Eric Weeks, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design Chair of Photography, has been named as Exhibition Director for the 9th Annual Jeonju International Photography Festival , Jeonju, South Korea, to be held May 21-29, 2016
The title of the exhibition is FACT/FICTION, which according to Weeks, highlights the descriptive abilities of the photographic medium to create stories that are based upon fact, but also cleverly spin tales of fiction.
Weeks has been a professor of Photography and Fine Art at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design since 2010. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University School of Arts and his Bachelor’s from School of Visual Arts.
Weeks said, “My position as the Exhibition Director of the 9th Annual Jeonju International Photography Festival positively affects the PCA&D community because as a representative of the institution it brings PCA&D name recognition to the international community. By traveling abroad to curate this exhibition and establish international partnerships, both my position as Chair of the Photography Department at PCA&D and the College gain a global presence. It also brings a global perspective to our students at a time when photography is ubiquitous.”
Weeks was instrumental in creating a photography exchange, http://kiu-pcad.tumblr.com/ between students at PCA&D in Lancaster PA, and Kyungil University (KIU) in Gyeongsan, South Korea. Twice a semester, students at KIU and PCA&D are asked an open-ended question that students at both institutions then answer through photographs. The goal of the exchange is for the photography students from the two cultures to learn about each other through photography, while also gaining an understanding of the communicative power of the medium. In addition, in 2015, Weeks was a visiting artist at KIU, where he worked with photography students, lecturing and reviewing portfolios.
Pictured above: One of the pieces selected for the exhibition: Stacy Renee Morrison’s “October 18, 1860”
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