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Online Artist Talk: Steve Bliss, Photography and Digressions
Wednesday, February 15, 4:00 – 5:00pm PST
Free for members, $10 for non-members
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In his presentation, “Photography and Digressions,” Steve Bliss will give a brief overview of his 41-year career and work. From there audience participation is encouraged to direct the digressions; but likely among those will be his concern for the current state of photography, specific genres within it, photographic education, diminishing institutional support and what he sees as a critical shortfall in the medium’s current archive.

Steven J. Bliss is an artist and photographic educator residing in Savannah, Georgia. His work is project-based, broad in scope and covers/includes a variety of media and subject matter. The evolution of his personal work has been driven by a keen interest in process and the myriad conceptual potentials of the medium. Over the years Professor Bliss has received a number of grants and awards including those from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the Georgia Council for the Arts, Polaroid Corporation, and the Southern Arts Federation. His photographs, digital images and various works on paper are in the collections of museums and private collectors both nationally and internationally. The imagery has been published in several books including Workshop Stories: Changed Through Photography, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes and Introduction to Digital Photography. Recent online/hard copy magazine publication includes A-B (Aint Bad), C 41, and It’s Nice That.

Steve was recently awarded Professor Emeritus status at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and retired after a thirty year career of teaching and administering in their B.F.A. and M.F.A. photography programs. Mr. Bliss served as chair of the department at SCAD from 2001-2005; in the latter year he stepped into a dean’s position and served in that role for the School of Fine Arts until 2017. Concurrently in those years Steve served two four-year terms on the national board of the Society for Photographic Education and a four-year term on the executive board of the National Council of Arts Administrators. Receiving his M.F.A. from Ohio University in 1982, Steve’s early teaching career included working for institutions such as the Kansas City Art Institute, Southern Connecticut State, Hartwick College and S.U.N.Y., Purchase. He taught as resident faculty from 1982-1992 at the Maine Photographic Workshops.

To see more of Steve’s work, please visit his website. >

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