Postmodern Artist to Receive 2016 Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award at Opening Night Event
LOS ANGELES (March 2, 2016) – On March 3, the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University will present “James Welling,” an exhibit of recent works by the postmodern artist, at the university’s WUHO Gallery on Hollywood Boulevard. Welling will receive the 2016 Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award at the opening night event.
James Welling was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1951. He grew up in nearby Simsbury where, in 1963, he began to study art with Julie Post. Welling was deeply influenced by the work of Charles Burchfield, Edward Hopper and most importantly by Andrew Wyeth. From 1969 to 1971 Welling attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he studied with Gandy Brodie, John Stevenson, Connie Fox and Robert Tharsing. Welling moved to Los Angeles in 1995 to head the photography area in the Department of Art at UCLA. In Los Angeles he began to work with Muse [X] Editions, an innovative lab specializing in digital printing. In 1998 he returned to abstraction with “New Abstractions,” a series of enlarged photograms. In 2010 Welling began a project based on the paintings of Andrew Wyeth.
The Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury presents “James Welling,” works made in and about Los Angeles. Ranging from his earliest photographs of Los Angeles architecture begun in 1975 to his most recent inkjet prints incorporating dance and architecture, “Choreograph,” the exhibition presents for the first time Welling’s two “glass house” projects together—buildings by Philip Johnson and Pierre Chareau and Bernard Bijvoet.
Each year the Institute presents the prestigious Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award to an early photographer who honors Shulman’s legacy and the Institute’s mission by challenging the way we look at physical space. Awardees include Iwan Baan (2010), Richard Barnes (2011), Pedro E. Guerrero (2012), Catherine Opie (2013), Grant Mudford (2014), and Hélène Binet (2015). Exhibitions have garnered extensive attention in the national and international press. The Institute also supports student photographers.
Opens March 3, 7-9 p.m.
Exhibit runs through March 27
Gallery hours: Thursday – 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
About The Julius Shulman Institute
Photographer Julius Shulman established The Julius Shulman Institute in 1995 with the goal of promoting an appreciation and understanding of the built environment, particularly as mediated by photography. This mission is carried out through public programming, educational outreach, and research opportunities. Focused on Shulman’s enduring involvement in the principles of modernism, the JSI is informed by Shulman’s sense of the social responsibility of the designer and imbued by his passion for teaching. The Institute sponsors exhibitions, lectures, seminars, tours, and educational workshops for community organizations and schools at all levels.
About Woodbury University
Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. With campuses in Burbank/Los Angeles and San Diego, the university offers bachelor’s degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design, and College of Transdisciplinarity, along with a Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Media for Social Justice, Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Interior Architecture (MIA), Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch), Master of Leadership, and Master of Arts in Media for Social Justice. The San Diego campus offers Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees, as well as an MSArch degree with a concentration in Real Estate Development and Landscape + Urbanism. Woodbury ranks 15th among the nation’s “25 Colleges That Add the Most Value,” according to Money Magazine and is a 2014-2015 College of Distinction. Visit woodbury.edu for more information.
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