Minami, this year’s juror, is a Chicago-based artist photographer who holds an MFA from UC Irvine. He has taught photography at Harvard University, Wellesley College, UC Berkeley and UC Irvine, and currently serves on the studio art faculty at Loyola University in Chicago.
He is interested in using the medium of photography as a means of investigating history and memory of sites.
Professor Minami is a 2016-17 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grantee and his book “1972,” published by Keher Verlag, received a 2015 Deutches Architectuurmuseum Architectural Book Award. “1972” documents Tokyo’s Nagakin Capsule Tower, a Metabolist prototype for 21st century living designed by Kisho Kurokawa that opened in 1972 and is now considered an obsolete model of living.
Minami selected 26 works for inclusion in the exhibition. The exhibitions are sponsored by Blick Art Materials.
The 2016 annual Juried Blick Art Materials Ars Nova Exhibition will be on view at the Jack Olson Gallery in the NIU School of Art and Design from through Thursday, April 21. For more information, call (815) 753-4521 or email JackOlsonGallery@gmail.com.