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New Midwest Photography

Wilton, Iowa, 2013. Photograph by Barry Phipps.
September 7, 2018 to October 28, 2018
James Watrous Gallery • Overture Center for the Arts, Third Floor • Madison


Andy Adams is an independent producer and publisher whose work explores current ideas in visual culture. He directs FlakPhoto Projects, a digital/arts lab focused on promoting photography in all of its forms. Find him on Instagram @FlakPhoto.

Clarissa Bonet grew up in Florida. In 2000, she moved to Chicago and was struck by her newfound environment. To understand this new landscape and her role within it, she started making images, which led to two ongoing bodies of work, Stray Light and City Space.

Identity and social connection are driving forces in Jess T. Dugan’s work. For the past seven years, she’s been shooting Every Breath We Drew, a series that explores issues of gender and sexuality in the 21st century LGBTQ community.

Tytia Habing grew up in rural Illinois, spent most of her adult life in the Cayman Islands and, after her son was born, realized she needed to come back to the farm. Habing's rustic lifestyle plays a key part in her ongoing series, Tharin, a documentary portrait of her son.

In addition to his art background, Jon Horvath studied English literature and the history of philosophy, and these disciplines influence his approach. “Images provide an opportunity to say something that escapes the confines of words. Words have precise definitions.

Julie Renée Jones learned about photography from her father, a practicing amateur imagemaker. Jones went on to earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in photography and during that time, developed two kindred yet dueling bodies of work: Thirteen and Umbra.

Dave Jordano has been making pictures for nearly fifty years. After a long and successful commercial photography career, he began making personal work in 2000. Since then Jordano has produced several long-term documentary projects, all of them focused on the Midwest.

Nathan Pearce was born in Fairfield, Illinois, a rural farming community in the southern part of the state. Beginning at age eighteen, he spent several years living on both coasts and decided to return to Fairfield when he was twenty-five.

Since graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1990, Barry Phipps has spent nearly three decades making art in the disciplines of music, fashion, and photography. After living in Chicago for more than twenty years, Phipps and his wife relocated to the comparatively small town of Iowa City.

Jason Vaughn had never visited the Midwest until he met his wife, a Wisconsin native. When they moved here Vaughn realized that rural places were fertile territory for photographic exploration. In 2011, his first child was born and he was diagnosed with cancer—two events that changed the way he thought about his relationship to nature.

Since 2015, Lindley Warren has been shooting The Meadows, a meditation on her family members and their troubled history.

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3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
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Madison, WI 53703
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