Waiting for the Elevator (And My First-Ever Exhibit Submission)

While waiting for the elevator in my building, I decided to check my texts. Apparently the last app I’d used was my camera, because it was still active when I opened things up. The image that flashed onscreen before being replaced by text bubbles caught my eye, so staying perfectly still and holding my phone in exactly the same position, I clicked back to my camera.

Wow! I really liked the lines and shadows, so I balanced my coffee between my chin and the arm holding my phone and used my now-free thumb to snap exactly the image I had seen framed a few seconds earlier.

Waiting for the Elevator

I also did something new this past week. As part of my undergraduate university’s 50th-anniversary celebration in 2017, the last exhibit of the season at the campus’s Robert & Elaine Stein Galleries will be the 2017 Alumni Exhibition. All graduates of Wright State University’s College of Liberal Arts in the past 50 years were eligible to submit artwork for the juried alumni show.

So I submitted five photos! I’m not holding out a lot of hope that one of mine will be selected, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? And I’ve never done anything like this before. The only place I’ve ever “shown” my work is on this blog and on my office door. (Which is located inside an art museum, but I don’t think that really counts 🙂 )

It’s fun to try new things, and now I know a little more about how things work in the art world.

Here are the five photos I submitted. I’ll find out in about two weeks whether any have been selected. Keeping my fingers crossed . . . (and my expectations low 🙂 )

"Impermanent Fresco"

“Temporary Fresco”

"Grohmann Museum, Steel and Shadow"

“Grohmann Museum, Steel and Shadow”

"Autumn Afternoon Light, Twice Reflected"

“Autumn Afternoon Light, Twice Reflected”

"Chihuly Dream"

“Chihuly Dream”

"Grohmann Museum, November Rain"

“Grohmann Museum, November Rain”

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. My blog is a space for playing with ideas about creativity, innovation, lifelong learning, and the nature of "insight."
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12 Responses to Waiting for the Elevator (And My First-Ever Exhibit Submission)

  1. Lisa says:

    Wonderful photos, Katie! Sending good vibes your way and a hearty congratulations for submitting (always worth celebrating)

  2. Saw your post through a share by Lisa! Some really great photos. Love the shadows/light/water. Fun to “meet” another WSU alumna. It’s been many decades since those college days. I hardly recognize the place. Best of luck!

    • Thank you, Marianne! So cool to learn you’re a WSU alum! You know what (unrelated)? I’m pretty sure I quoted you once a few years ago about giftedness and mental health in a blog post I wrote about the documentary “28 Up.” Nice to meet you here!

  3. Those are all amazing!! I especially love the stairway one and the Grohmann Rain. You have such an eye for seeing the extraordinary in the every day! Good luck and good vibes!!

  4. BTW, the titles are great!!!

  5. Sally Cissna says:

    Good luck, Katie. I always love your photos….I hope they do too!

    • Thank you, Sally! I’ll let you know how things turn out, whether for good or bad. Even “bad” won’t really be BAD, though. I’m such an amateur that it’s fun just to be exploring this new world.

  6. Paul Waibel says:

    I was challenged to apply for a Fulbright by a professor who said, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” I turned in my application at the last moment, and to my surprise, I got it. So, good luck. My favorite is “Grohmann Museum, Steel and Shadow.”

    • Wow, congrats on that Fulbright! I didn’t know that about you, and it’s neat to learn about the hidden facets of people you admire.Thank you for the well wishes. I feel like I’ve accomplished something important just by submitting, so we’ll see!

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