I am a photographic artist; a teacher of art, photography, and web design; and a commercial photographer and web designer. I received my Master of Fine Arts - Studio Art degree from Florida State University in 2012, and I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina in 1998.
I have participated in numerous local, regional, national, and international exhibitions, including solo shows in Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina; being selected for the Artists' ShowCase Portfolio, a book published by the Center for Fine Art Photography in spring 2009; a solo show at the Ningbo Museum of Art in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China in summer 2007; and receiving an Honorable Mention in the Photo Review Competition 2007 national photography competition. My artwork is represented through Adam Cave Fine Art in Raleigh, North Carolina.
One of my goals in earning a Master of Fine Arts degree was to teach at the university level. I am currently teaching both film-based and digital photography courses as an Assistant Professor of Photography in the Art Department of Radford University, at both the MFA and BFA levels. Prior to Radford University, I taught from 2012-2014 as an Adjunct Faculty member at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham in Durham, North Carolina. During Spring 2009, I taught in Florence, Italy through Florida State University International Programs, having received the Florence, Italy Teaching Fellowship from the FSU Art Department. I have taught a wide variety of courses: beginning to advanced photography, art survey, and web design. I have also had the wonderful opportunity to teach in China during the summers of 2006 and 2007, at Shanxi University and Taiyuan Normal University (where I have been named an Honorary Professor in Art).
I have worked for over 15 years as a freelance commercial photographer and videographer in North Carolina and Florida, where my clients have included a variety of businesses, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and individuals – creating portraits, architectural photos, product photography, public health videos, event documentation, modeling portfolios, and advertising images. Alongside of my current art and teaching pursuits, I still do occasional commercial photographic work, particularly taking photos of artworks for my fellow artists, but I now find I spend more time on web design due to the flexible hours it allows.
In addition to my photography career, I have enjoyed extensive community involvement, including: serving on local government advisory boards, leading a public art program, being a Cub Scout leader, and directing public-access television shows. I was also a leader within the Master of Fine Arts program at Florida State University, helping to form the League of Graduate Artists and the Big Bend Contemporary MFA student gallery (now called the Working Method Contemporary). My artwork derives influences from studies and interests in philosophy, science, engineering, and politics, which you can read more about in my general artist's statement, or more focused artist's statements that go with bodies of work in my Portfolio .
(photo by Kim Vo)