Emmanuel College Artist in Residence: Francis Schanberger
August 12, 2011
Emmanuel College is pleased to once again host the Artists in Residence program during the summer months. This is the second year the College has sponsored the program, which offers four artists the opportunity to create and further develop their artwork while utilizing Emmanuel's Art Department studios and facilities. This year's artists are Drew Ippoliti (sculpture), Darien Johnson (ceramics), Mari LaCure (printmaking) and Francis Schanberger (photography). The program runs through August 16th.
Inspired to find the cause of his springtime allergies when he moved to Ohio from California, for the last three years Francis Schanberger has been collecting parts of trees, scanning them and printing them in the historical Vandyke Brown process. Nineteenth-century naturalists like Sir John Herschel, William Henry Fox Talbot and Anna Atkins recorded their research in photogenic drawings. Some 170 years later, Francis has returned to their photographic investigations. Francis's images invoke memories of his initial struggle to call Ohio home.
Francis received a M.F.A. from Ohio State University in 2002 and a B.S. in biochemistry and cell biology from the University of California, San Diego in 1993. He is a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2009, a Montgomery County Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2008, and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2003. Francis has been exhibiting both nationally and internationally. His work is in the collection of the Worcester Art Museum (Mass.) and the Museet for Fotokunst (Odensee, Denmark). Francis currently is a full-time lecturer at University of Dayton (Ohio).
Utilizing the Vandyke Brown process, Francis is currently working on three different projects this summer. Be sure to view his great, old-timey shots of Fenway Park.