Samantha DiRosa

Associate Professor of Art and Environmental Studies
Elon West-406 W. Haggard Ave. 102D
2810 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
sdirosa@elon.edu (336) 278-5643

Brief Biography

Website:  www.melancholyobjects.org

Hovering between poetic interpretation and objective documentation, Samantha DiRosa’s hybrid-media installations consist of such objects as appropriated images from scientific texts, cast silver bubble wands paired with found insects, vintage medical terminology study cards, and samples of sediment juxtaposted with abstract landscapes. She is primarily interested in the human urge to collect, objectify, control, and sentimentalize experience, as well as the persistent societal need to mediate our relationship to the present moment and to the natural environment. The role of specimens, mementos, and documents, in both personal and institutional archives, has informed her work, which makes use of sound, text, object, and image to underscore the tension between natural and unnatural, truth and contrived reality, permanence and that which disappears. DiRosa’s work has been exhibited widely, and includes solo and group exhibitions at Portland Art Center (Portland, OR), Keki Gallery (Budapest, Hungary), 1078 Gallery (Chico, CA), TIXE Artspace (New York, NY), Manifest Creative Research Gallery (Cincinnati, OH), CEPA (Buffalo, NY) and Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art (Fort Collins, CO).
 

Samantha DiRosa's teaching embodies a holistic intermedia approach, where processual, theoretical, cultural, and technical inquiries are interwoven.  Joining Elon University in 2007, DiRosa teaches studio courses in Time-Based Art, Eco-Art, and Visual Culture.  Also a secondary faculty member of the Environmental Studies Department, in 2008 DiRosa was named a Sustainability Scholar, and in 2010 she was named a Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Scholar for her research project (Un)common Partnerships for a Common Purpose: Focusing on Art/Science Relationships in the Study of Environmental Art. Before coming to Elon, DiRosa taught Photography, Video, and Digital Art at Washington State University, University of Oregon, and Anderson Art Ranch.

Education

2003
Master of Fine Arts – Digital Arts University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

2002
Master of Fine Arts – Photography University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

1998
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Photography  Long Island University, Southampton, NY  Summa Cum Laude

Professional Development Workshops

2012
The Work that Reconnects with Joanna Macy

2010
Contemplative Environmental Studies: Pedagogy for Self and Planet   Instructors:  Paul Wapner, Matthew Jelacic, Richard Falk, Nicole Salimbene, David Abram; The Lama Foundation, San Cristobal, NM

2006
Responding to Gesture and Bodies: Design for Physically-Based Interactive Art   Instructor:  Camille Utterback; Anderson Art Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO

Employment History

2007-present
Elon University
Associate Professor of Art; secondary appointment in Environmental Studies

2003-2007
Washington State University
Assistant Professor of Video, Photography, and Digital Art

Courses Taught

ART 114 Time Arts
ART 339 Eco-Art
ART 260 Introduction to Digital Art
ART 362 Video Art and Animation
ART 462 Advanced Projects in Video Art and Animation
ART 272 Video Art
GST/WG 344 The Camera Eye, The Camera I

Grants Awarded

2012
Fund for Excellence Grant for The Living Studio   $3350   Elon University
Faculty Research and Development Summer Fellowship   $8000 stipend + $4450 research funding   Elon University 
Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Grant for The Living Studio   $2000   Elon University

2011
Associate Provost Special Grant forElegies from the Medical Terminology Study Card Series   $7150   Elon University

2007
VPLAC Grant for the project In(n) and Out of Nowhere   $500   Washington State University, Pullman, WA

2006
Program Excellence Scholarship   $1500   Anderson Art Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO

2005
College of Liberal Arts Initiation and Completion Grant   $2000   Washington State University, Pullman, WA

 

Publications

Selected exhibitions/screenings:

2012
Palimpsest   Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
Watered Down   K Space Contemporary, Corpus Cristi, TX
Flora/Fauna   Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, Hot Springs, AK   
Biotic Semiotics   Allen Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI  

2011

2011 Faculty Exhibit   Elon University, Elon, NC

2010  
Photos With Words   Vermont Photography Workplace, Middlebury, VT  
Focal_Resolution-1   Climate Gallery, Long Island City, NY
Going Digital  Foreman Gallery, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY  

2009 
Ritual and Repetition   CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY  

2008
Gathered Bodies   Riley Photographic Gallery, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 

2007
Salt, Silver, Wax, Earth  Arts West Gallery, Elon University, Elon, NC
Notturno   New Music Festival, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Greensboro, NC  
Mapping Meg Ryan  Light and Sound Gallery, Portland Art Center, Portland, OR  
Mapping Meg Ryan  Prichard Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
Data Poïesis  Anderson Art Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO
Magnitude 7  Manifest Creative Research Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Ritual and Repetition  Richmond Center Galleries, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Notturno   Festival of Contemporary Art Music, Pullman, WA  

2006
Mourning Lightness  1078 Gallery, Chico, CA
Mutual.ities  Focal Point Gallery, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN 
Signals from/about Central-Europe II   Keki Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Reasonable/Unreasonable: A New Normalizing Discourse  Ouch My Eye, Seattle, WA 
Loop Sanctuary III, Dreams in Bursts Video Festival  The Chapel and Cultural Center at Rensselaer, Troy, NY
Being in Body  Dee Shaw Gallery, Weber State University, Ogden, UT

Special Projects:

2011
The Greenhouse Lab   Site-specific collaborative project with Robert Charest at Elon University, Elon, NC

2010
Desire Line   Site-specific work at The Lama Foundation, San Cristobal, NM             

2007
In(n) and Out of Nowhere   Community public art project with 10 regional NW artists   Cougarland Motel, Pullman, WA Curator)

Presentations

2011
“At the Intersection of Art and Contemplative Practice”   Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, National Conference, Amherst  College, Amherst, MA

“The Role of Contemplative Practices in Fostering Art/Science Partnerships in Ecological Art Projects”   Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, NW Regional Conference, Whidbey Island, WA

2010
“Agency, Mobility, and the Filmic Experience”   International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Annual Conference, Liverpool, UK

“Gathering Dust: Sediment/Sentiment   Geo-Aesthetics in the Anthropocene Conference, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
           
“Mapping Meg Ryan”  Panel: Borders, Boundaries, and Places Inbetween   SURF, Elon University, Elon, NC

2009
“Agency, Mobility, and the Filmic Experience”  Panel: More Than Words: Visual Culture and the Liberal Arts Curriculum; Innovation in Instruction Conference, Elon University, Elon, NC

2008
“Mapping Meg Ryan”   Panel: Tracing the Moving Image: Intersections of Fine Art and Cinema, SECAC conference, New Orleans, LA

2007
Gathering Dust:  Sediment/Sentiment”   Panel: Mapping Unexpected Geographies, SECAC conference, Charleston, WV

“Mapping Meg Ryan”  Artist lecture  Portland Art Center, Portland, OR

2006
“Mourning Lightness”  Artist lecture   1078 Gallery, Chico, CA

Awards

2010
Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Scholar for the project (Un)Common Partnerships for a Common Purpose: Focusing on Art/Science Relationships in the Study of Environmental Art   Elon University, Elon, NC

2008
Sustainability Faculty Scholar  Elon University, Elon, NC