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professor soukhakian at caa

Feb. 15, 2024

Anonymous artist; public protest, Iran; 2022

This week Professor Fazilat Soukhakian is in Chicago for the CAA annual conference where she will present a paper, “Fighting for Emancipation: How Iranian Activist Artists are Shaping the New Feminist Revolution ‘Woman, Life, Freedom,’” as part of a session “How do feminist artists care?”

In her paper, Professor Soukhakian investigates the politics of art activism and the relationship between aesthetics and politics by focusing on how young artists from across Iran have bravely and creatively responded to the chaos and violence around them—particularly in the aftermath of the Sept. 2022 arrest of Mahsa Zhina Amini.  Amini was arrested for not wearing her headscarf properly and died while in police custody. Risking their own arrest and persecution by the Iranian regime, these artists work from hidden, underground spaces to fuel revolution and awaken the collective memory of Iranian women whose bodies, minds, and lives have historically gone through many forms of torture and brutality.

CAA is the preeminent international leadership organization in the visual arts. Each year the annual conference brings together preeminent arts scholars to promote understanding through advocacy, intellectual engagement, and a commitment to the diversity.

multi-disciplinary artist jaclyn wright to visit usuphoto

Feb. 2, 2024

Multi-disciplinary artist and educator Jaclyn Wright will visit Utah State University, February 12. She will discuss her photographic practice at 2:15 p.m. during Professor Jared Ragland’s Advanced Photographic Studio class in FAV113 of USU’s Chase Fine Arts Building.

The visit is presented by the Caine College of the Arts’ Department of Art + Design and USU Photo.

In her lecture, Wright will speak about her multi-disciplinary practice and recent monograph, High Visibility (Blaze Orange). Published by GOST Books in 2023, the book focuses on Utah’s West Desert and illustrates the struggle between the natural world and its codification and the ironies of fantasies of freedom and nativism on stolen land.

"Jaclyn's work creatively incorporates archival images, in-camera collages using a large format view camera, performance, and photographic installations,” said Jared Ragland, assistant professor of photography in the CCA. “I share Jaclyn's work with my students each semester, as it critically engages issues they care deeply about—from the culture of land use to legacies of settler colonialism and late capitalism in the American West. I am delighted the USU community has an opportunity to experience Jaclyn's profoundly thoughtful studio practice.”

Wright received her MFA in Studio Art from Indiana University and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Utah. Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include Filter Space (Chicago), Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City), Sabine Street Studios (Houston), and SFO Museum (San Francisco). Her work has been included in collections at The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL. Wright is a 2024-25 Foam Talent, a 2023 Utah Visual Arts Fellow, and was a finalist for the 2023 Aperture Portfolio Prize. Her monograph, High Visibility (Blaze Orange), is part of the USU Photobook Special Collection.

While on campus, Wright will lead studio critiques with senior BFA photography students.

Wright's lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information about Wright's work, visit or follow @jaclynrwright on Instagram. 

prof. ragland publishes essay in southern cultures

Feb. 1, 2024

Page spread from What Has Been Will Be Again in Southern Cultures

Professor Jared Ragland has published a photo essay in Southern Cultures, a peer-reviewed journal by the University of North Carolina’s Center for the Study of the American South. The essay features 15 photographs from an ongoing project, What Has Been Will Be Again, which has led Ragland across more than 25,000 miles and into each of Alabama’s 67 counties to photographically survey his home state’s cultural and physical landscape and document sites of ongoing generational injustice. 

Gothic South (Vol. 29, No. 4)  unpacks the Gothic South, exploring its haints, hollers, and hoodoo and is guest edited by Kinitra D. Brooks, Ph.D, the Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in Literary Studies at Michigan State University. The issue also features a conversation with National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, photo essay by Kristine Potter, and fiction by noted author Rebecca Bengal.

What Has Been Will Be Again is also the subject of a solo exhibition currently on view at Texas Tech School of Art’s SRO Gallery through Feb. 8. 

prof. emeritus craig law opens exhibition in slc

Jan. 19, 2024

Craig Law, Looking into Canyonlands from Kiva

Professor Emeritus Craig Law has opened an exhibition of photographs at the Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake City. Works on view feature a variety of landscapes made throughout Utah, from unique geological formations to Indeginous pictographs and petroglyphs. The show runs through February 9. 

alumna bailey rigby interviewed by 15bytes

Dec 19, 2023

Revelation, from the series, The Study of Last Things, by Bailey Rigby, BFA ‘23

Congrats to USU Photo alumna Bailey Rigby (BFA ‘23), on a great interviewed by 15bytes, in which she discusses her BFA thesis project and talks life and art making after graduation, as well as her new gig at SLC’s Modern West gallery.  

Read the interview here: Graduation, Employment and Work: Bailey Rigby’s 2023

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