Ann Kaplan

Assistant Professor of Art
Elon West-406 W. Haggard Ave. 102B
2810 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
akaplan9@elon.edu (336) 278-5719

Brief Biography

Website: annkaplanstudio.com

Living in a time where histories and current realities cast difficult and complex shadows, the assignment of meaning is suspect. My artwork looks towards greater significance in the context of a deep contemporary complexity. In an age where we have recognized difference, it considers what our relationships to one another are now and could be.

I make photographs and video installations that pause the viewer within micro-moments that are saturated with multiple, layered perspectives. Slowing down and sometimes stopping the view, the works visually dwell on how individual perception changes what we experience. Considering the role of perspective in questions of race, religion, history, and belief, they offer a meditative consideration of the role of positionality in the creation of our reality.

Kaplan's work has recently been exhibited at Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center (Dayton, OH), the North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC), Tapp's Art Center (Columbia, SC), and SOHO20 Gallery Chelsea (New York, NY).
 

Education

Master of Fine Arts - Photography & Digital Media, Clemson University, 2013

Post-Graduate Studies, Duke University, 2003

Master of Arts [Terminal] - Ethnography/Folklore, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000

Bachelor of Arts - Anthropology & Sociology, University of Mary Washington, 1994
 

Employment History

Assistant Professor, Elon University, 2014 - present

Visiting Assistant Professor, Philippines Women's University, 2014

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Elon University, 2013 - 14

Teaching Fellow (Instructor of Record), Clemson University, 2011 - 13

Courses Taught

ART 467 - Senior Seminar

ART 462 - [Advanced] Video Art and Animation: Creation Workshop

ART 362 - [Intermediate] Video Art and Animation: Flesh Meets Pixel

ART 330 - Photography as Social Critique

ART 273 - Digital Storytelling: Humanity & Difference

ART 206 - Introduction to Making Photographs: Light-Filled and Pixelated Worlds

ART 112 - Fundamentals of Design: Exploration and Transformation

Grants Awarded

Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, BC, 2014.

Vermont Studio Center, Artist Residency, Johnson, VT, 2013.

National Endowment for the Arts via South Arts, Project Grant, Atlanta, GA, 2013.

Center for Visual Arts, Artist Travel Fellowship, Leipzig / Berlin, Germany, 2012.

North Carolina Museum of Art Jurors’ Award, Raleigh, NC, 2012.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Language Study Grant, Berlin, Germany, 2010.

Presentations

2014

[Forthcoming] Personal Implications, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Conversations & Confrontations, Philippines Women’s University, Manila, Philippines

Digital Humanities Summer Institute, Digital Humanities & New Media Art - A Beautiful Friendship? University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

Society of Photographic Education, Portfolio Reviewer, Baltimore, MD

2013

Vermont Studio Center, Red Mill, Artist Presentation, Johnson, VT

Southeast College Art Conference, Moving Forward/Standing Still: Multiple Perspectives in Time-Based Arts in Perception Point: The Intersection of Neuroscience and Contemporary Art, Presenter / Panel Chair, Greensboro, NC

50th Anniversary Meeting of the Society of Photographic Education, Loop de loop, in The Feedback Loop of Contemporary Feminisms: Teaching, Learning, and Making, Presenter / Panel Co-organizer, Chicago, IL