Andrea Modica, who teaches at Drexel University in Philadelphia, has received many honors for her work, including a Fulbright-Hayes Research Grant, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2015 Knight Purchase Award for Photographic Media.
Noted for her meticulous craftsmanship and evocative narratives, Modica uses traditional processes—an 8 x 10 inch view camera and platinum palladium contact printing—to achieve the lush tones that characterize her images. She is able to attain an enhanced understanding of her subjects because the set up time and the physicality of the view camera require sustained attention. This quality is heightened by her practice of working in series, which have included explorations of skulls from a psychiatric hospital grounds, rural families in New York and Colorado, teenage best friends and landscapes.
“Andrea Modica is exceptional in her use of traditional processes to create contemporary narratives,” comments Janice Driesbach, Chief Curator of the Akron Art Museum. “Her photographs are beautifully composed and often use unexpected approaches or subjects. Modica’s photographs of teenage best friends are insightful studies of relationships. A photograph of the hands of a mother pinning her son’s slacks records an ordinary moment in an extraordinary way.”
On Thursday, February 4th, Modica is set to present the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Lecture in Photography and Photographic Media at the Akron Art Museum. Her visit coincides with the exhibition of her work in Andrea Modica: Extended Moments at the Akron Art Museum through February 21, 2016.
Chief Curator Janice Driesbach said, “Hosting Andrea Modica to speak during the course of her exhibition provides an uncommon opportunity for visitors to learn more about her artistry and creative process. As well, the Fred and Ruth Bidwell Lecture program provides for the visiting artist to work with photography students at the University of Akron’s Mary Schiller Myers School of Art, further enhancing the impact of their visit on our community.”
To learn more about Andrea Modica and her work, visit her website.
If you live in or near the Akron area and would like to hear Modica speak on Thursday, February 4th at 6:30pm, please note that admission to the museum is FREE in honor of Akron Museum’s “Free Thursdays.” The Bidwell Lecture is also FREE of charge. Other important details to note:
About the Akron Art Museum:
The Akron Art Museum, dedicated to enriching lives through modern and contemporary art, showcases regional, national and international art created since 1850. The museum’s collection is presented in a spectacular facility designed by Viennese architectural firm Coop Himmelb(l)au and includes over 5,000 works of art, with a strong focus on contemporary painting, sculpture and photography. Nearly a dozen exhibitions each year present prominent artists in various media including painting, sculpture, photography, video, design and glass.
In addition to its ever-changing collection and exhibitions, the museum offers many opportunities to Live Creative through programs that include films and video, lectures, workshops, tours and concerts.