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Samantha VanDeman Solo Exhibition

Samantha VanDeman Solo Exhibition

(February 17, 2017) A solo exhibition by McNeese State University Assistant Professor of Art Samantha VanDeman will open with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Grand Gallery of McNeese’s Shearman Fine Arts Annex.

The exhibition will feature over 40 photographs from her series, “No Vacancy,” and will be on display through March 24.

VanDeman’s project is an ongoing photographic series documenting abandoned hotel interiors, some empty from 5 to 30 years. Suffering from failed revitalization and restoration attempts and slated for demolition, “No Vacancy” catalogues the beauty of urban decay and the precariousness of these buildings’ futures.

“In my work, I’m often drawn to abandoned places that appear to be frozen in time. I use my camera to examine these places that have been forgotten by society. Through the use of color and light, I attempt to capture the beauty that once existed in these magnificent environments,” VanDeman says. “By photographing these spaces, I hope to provide a visual record of what might be lost forever.”

VanDeman, who has taught photography and art history at McNeese since 2015, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Columbia College Chicago and her Master of Fine Arts degree from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.

She has exhibited and published her work internationally and was the recipient of the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward for emerging photographers in the United States and United Kingdom.

For more information, call the visual arts department at 337-475-5060. Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans With Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at cdo@mcneese.edu.