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Jack Wilgus

Jack Wilgus

Jack Wilgus came to MICA as a faculty member in 1968. He served as Chair of the photography department from 1978 to 1993 and 1995 through August 2008.

His interests include collecting and researching the history of photography, astronomy, and shortwave radio. Recent projects include exploration of digital, infrared, panoramas and archival digital printing. He is currently researching and working toward the publication of a book on the history of the camera obscura.

Fellowships and awards include Maryland Arts Council Grant; AICA Mellon Grant; Ford Foundation Grant; Lucas Grants; and several Maryland Institute College of Art Faculty Development Grants. In 1993 he received the Maryland Institute Trustee Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Education

1965
  • BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago with honors
1967
  • MS in Photography from the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

Studied with the following photographers

  • Kenneth Josephson - Art Institute of Chicago
  • Aaron Siskind - Institute of Design
  • Arthur Siegel - Institute of Design
  • Wynn Bullock - Institute of Design
  • Joseph Jochna - Institute of Design

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1992
  • Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
1988
  • Offices of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes, Attorneys at Law, Baltimore, MD
  • BEDCO Gallery, Baltimore, MD
1986
  • Park School, Brooklandville, MD
1984
  • Charles County Community College, LaPlata, MD
1978
  • Hartman Gallery, Baltimore, MD
  • University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
1976
  • Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1975
  • Louisiana Technical University; Ruston, Louisiana
  • Dickeysville Gallery; Dickeysville, MD
1972
  • Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Selected Collaborative Exhibitions

2000
  • The Magic Mirror of Life, Loyola College Art Gallery, Baltimore
1996
  • Provisional Truth: Messages From Alternative Realities, Loyola College Art Gallery
1995
  • Mirror Image: Photography Reflects Society, Loyola College Art Gallery, Baltimore

Traveling Exhibitions

1986
  • Work-on-Paper, toured Japan, Association of Independent Colleges of Art
1983/84
  • Photographic Survey of Maryland, Baltimore Museum of Art
1978
  • Recent Acquisitions in Photography, Baltimore Museum of Art
1971
  • Six Approaches to Photography, Maryland Arts Council
1969
  • Vision and Expression, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
1968
  • Young Photographers, University of New Mexico

Selected Group & Two Photographer Exhibitions

2007
  • Sabbatical Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD
1968 – 2003
  • Maryland Institute Faculty Exhibitions
2000
  • Maryland In Focus: A Photographic History 1839-2000, Maryland Historical Society
  • Sabbatical Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD
1997
  • Permanent Collection Retrospective, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
1995
  • Digital Revolution, An exhibition of artists using computers, Dundalk Community College, Dundalk, MD
1993
  • New Art Media, Artwork incorporating technology, Marboro Gallery Prince George's Community College, Largo, MD
  • Sabbatical Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD
1992
  • LOTTA ART, Benefit for School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD
1991
  • Mixed Media Invitational Exhibition, Loyola Art Gallery, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
  • First Annual Photography Exhibition, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
1988
  • Computer in the Arts, Dundalk Community College, Dundalk, MD
  • Dog Days Dog Show, Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1987
  • Gardens of Paradise, McDonough School, Baltimore, MD
1986
  • Light Images '86, Chrysler Museum; Norfolk, Virginia
  • Three Color Vision, Gormley Gallery; College of Notre Dame; Baltimore, MD
  • Photographers' Choice, Life of Maryland Gallery; Baltimore
  • Sabbatical Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD
1982 – 1983
  • Photographic Survey of Maryland, Decker Gallery; Maryland Institute; Baltimore, State House; Annapolis
1981
  • Contemporary Color Photography, The Chrysler Museum; Norfolk, Virginia
1974
  • Art Collection of Goucher College, Towson, MD
  • Two Photographer Exhibition, Columbia College; Chicago, IL
1971
  • Invitational Photography Exhibition, Jewish Community Center, Richmond, Virginia
1970
  • Seven Baltimore Photographers, Baltimore Museum of Art
1968
  • Friends of Photography Gallery, Carmel, California
  • Image'68, Kolver Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Collections

  • George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Institute of Design; Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago
  • Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Goucher College, Towson, Maryland
  • Wise County Historical Society, Decatur, Texas
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Library, Eastern College, St. Davids, PA
  • University of Maryland Baltimore, Maryland, Catonsville, Maryland
  • Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
  • Numerous private collections

Selected Lectures

2003
  • Artist in resident lecture on Camera Obscura at McDonogh School outside Baltimore
  • Demonstation of Camera Obscura at PhotoHistory XII, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
2002
  • "Historical Roots of Digital Art Media" at MICA in conjunction with Situated Realities exhibition
  • Slide lecture on "Special People" as part of MICA Side Show event
2000
  • "The Magic Mirror of Life", PhotoHistory XI, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
1992
  • "Glimpses at Photography at the Maryland Institute in the l9th Century" Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
  • "The Camera and the Pixel" Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
1990 – 1991
  • Visiting Artist and Lecture "The Camera and the Pixel," Bucks County Community College, PA
1987
  • "The Art of Photography" series, Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, MD
1986
  • Artist In Residence; Park School, Brooklandville, MD
1985
  • Lecture on Lewis W. Hine, Baltimore Museum of Industry; Baltimore, MD
1983
  • "Photography as a Light Subject" National Conference of SPE; Philadelphia, PA
1980
  • "The Photographer's Image" SPE East Central Regional Meeting; University of Maryland; Catonsville, MD
1979
  • Presentation on my work "Contemporary Masters of Photography" Smithsonian Institution; Washington, DC
1977
  • "Stereo Views of Maryland" for New York Photographic Historical Society; New York
  • "Pioneers in Color Photography" National Conference of Society for Photographic Education; New York
  • "Pioneers in Color Photography" Victorian Society of America; Philadelphia, PA
1976
  • "Maryland Through the Stereoscope" Maryland Institute, Baltimore "Voice of America" radio interview
1975
  • "The Wilgus Collection: A Photographic Chronology of Images and Apparatus" Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Online Publications

1997 – 2004
  • Camera Obscura site with history and pages of camera obscuras we have visited
1997
  • Professor Woodward, Pioneer Photographic Inventor and Educator, site on 19th century Maryland Institute educator

Selected Print Publications

2002
  • Baltimore Magazine, "I Am A Camera (Obscura)" by Patrick Kennedy, article and photograph about our camera obscura project
2000
  • City Paper, August 30, 2000 Review of MICA Sabbatical Show, "Phrenological Reflections" Photographs by Jack Wilgus
2001
  • Circa Magazine #96, Summer 2001 article "Dark Wonders" illustrated with images from my collection
1999
  • Optics & Photonics News cover photograph and illustration for article on camera obscura
  • Preservation Magazine, photographic illustration for article on camera obscura
1996
  • Forays, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Spring issue "Professor Woodward: Pioneer Photographic Inventor and Educator" with illustrations from our collection
1995
  • Mirror Image:Photography Reflects Society, a catalog and calendar with birth dates and landmarks from the history of photography, published by Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
1978
  • Quiver #2 The Photographer Pictured Tyler School of Art Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1977
  • Maryland Through the Stereoscope Regional Cultural and Educational Development Association, Friendsville, MD