Photography is today's gateway to makers and collectors, curators and exhibitions, publishing periodicals and books, new philosophies and newer inventions, considered the fastest growing field in the 21st century art world, such as SF MoMA's new expansion, hundred of photography and art galleries around the world as well international art fairs, like AIPAD and Paris PHOTO.
When Ellen Carey started her undergraduate (KCAI) and graduate (SUNY@Bufffalo) education, this field was very small, now her work is considered pioneering, forefronting the photography-as-art movement. As an example, since there were no places to exhibit work, she first did so in a bus with Cindy Sherman as part of the art-in-public places. Later CEPA, a non-for profit, artists-run alternative space opened with HallWalls, which was founded by Robert Longo and Charles Clough, both organizations exist today. Aperture and SPE-Society for Photographic Education, also began.
Moving to NYC in the late 1970s, with funds from a Creative Artists Program Service (CAPS) grant, Carey first exhibited at PS1 in "The Altered Photographs" exhibition, now PS1 is part of MoMA. There were only two photography galleries, LIGHT, exhibiting street photographers like Diane Arbus, and Lee Within Gallery, showcasing classics such as Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham; now photography galleries are plentiful or part of the programs art galleries programs.
With an NEA grant in 1985, her experimental work expanded; she was also invited to work under the Polaroid Artists Support Program, using the large format Polaroid 20 X 24, which she continues to use. Polaroid is the the subject of an upcoming exhibition "The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art & Science" opening at The Amon Carter Museum of American Art, book published by Thames & Hudson (UK) with an international and national tour (2017-2020).
Carey's recent exhibit at M+B "Dings & Shadows" has recently been reviewed in the LA Times.
The photography department's teaching philosophy mirror the history of the medium, offering courses in 19th century non-silver processes, black and white analog as well as color c-printing, up to the present digital imaging technologies with a full lighting studio, all located at the Hartford Art School. For more information, for tours or courses, please contact Associate Professor, Ellen Careyfirstname.lastname@example.org.