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Photography Faculty

Osamu James Nakagawa, Professor
nakagawa.jpgOsamu James Nakagawa was born in New York City; raised in Tokyo, Japan and returned to Houston, Texas at the age of 15. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of St. Thomas Houston in 1986 and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston in 1993. Nakagawa’s work is shown internationally, the most recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition, Kai: Osamu James Nakagawa during the International Fotofest 2000, Mado: ’89-’99, at the Houston Center for Photography. The selected group shows include Cross-Cultural Voices II: Between Memories, Stephen Gang Gallery, New York, Cuenca, Ecuador Bienal ’98: Borderline Figuration; Medialogue-Photography in Contemporary Art ’98, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Field of Vision: Five Gulf Coast Photographers, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. His work has been published in Aperture: Metamorphoses, Waterproof, Exploring Color Photography, and others. He has been teaching workshops at the International Center for Photography in NY since 1999. Nakagawa received grants and fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography; the American Photography Institute, Tisch School of Arts, New York City; Cultural Arts of Houston/Harris County. His work is in the permanent collections of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Kiyosato Museum of Photography, Japan; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; and the University of Houston. He is represented by McMurtrey Gallery in Houston.

Jeffrey A. Wolin, Professor
wolin.jpgJeffrey A. Wolin is Ruth N. Halls Professor of Photography at Indiana University. Wolin’s series of portraits of Holocaust survivors, Written in Memory, was published by Chronicle Books, accompanying solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, International Center of Photography in New York, Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Wolin’s solo exhibition of portraits of Vietnam War Veterans opened at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago in 2005. Umbrage Editions of NYC published an accompanying book, Inconvenient Stories: Vietnam War Veterans. Wolin traveled to Vietnam twice to photograph Vietnamese war veterans and has expanded the project to include all sides of the war. From All Sides: Portraits of American and Vietnamese War Veterans is traveling to museums in the US and abroad. It will be featured at the Photo Biennale in Lyon in 2010.

His photographs are in the permanent collections of numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Houston Museum of Fine Arts; Art Institute of Chicago; Cleveland Museum of Art; New York Public Library; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Bibliotèque Nationale de France, Paris; and Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Wolin is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is represented by June Bateman Fine Art in New York and Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago.

Elizabeth M. Claffey, Assistant Professor

Shelley Given, Visiting Assistant Professor

Kevin Mooney, Adjunct Professor