Intermedia and Photography
The Intermedia and Photography program at West Virginia University provides an environment that fosters creative exploration and critical inquiry in the production of contemporary art. Through a variety of media explorations, including digital and traditional photographic processes, digital video, animation, installation, interactivity and sound design, students are encouraged to develop unique and compelling forms of expression. A state-of-the-art facility of analog and digital imaging, a diverse and sequenced curriculum, and a supportive and challenging faculty all aim to aid students in their individual journeys as artists. In both our undergraduate and graduate programs, we encourage spirited interaction with the other programs of the College of Creative Arts and the university at large.
In the classroom, frequent critiques of student work become an important activity to provide feedback on their techniques and subject matter, and a chance to discuss project ideas and interpretation. In addition, professional artists are frequently invited as guest lecturers to stimulate dialogue about current issues with the medium. These visiting artists share their experiences so that they may help prepare students for the workplace. Students also learn about the role of the artist beyond the university by attending exhibitions at museums and galleries, and participation in regular art exhibitions in the community.
The Intermedia and Photography facilities include a gang lab with eighteen 4”x5” black and white enlargers, an ultraviolet light exposure unit (up to 48”x60”), a computer lab with fifteen new dual-core G5 Mac Pro computers and 20 inch cinema display monitors, a scanning station and several Epson Stylus Photo printers, a large format digital print lab with a 44 inch Epson 9800 printer and an Epson R2880 printer, and a 368 sq. ft lighting studio. Students also have access to a variety of camera equipment, including: digital SLR cameras, 35mm film cameras, medium format cameras, large format studio and field cameras, a variety of digital video camcorders, digital sound recording devices, a number of tripods and camera accessories, and tungsten and strobe light kits.
FacultyMichael Sherwin, Assistant Professor
Gerald Habarth, Assistant Professor