Time In: Refocusing the Lens of Motherhood | Elizabeth M. Claffey

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Congratulations to Texas Woman’s University Alumna Elizabeth M. Claffey for having her work featured in Time In: Refocusing the Lens of Motherhood, an exhibition curated by Larry Gawel. The exhibition runs through February 21, 2016 at the Elder Gallery at Nebraska Wesleyan.

Nebraska Wesleyan’s Elder Gallery features a photography exhibit that explores children’s lives through their mothers’ camera lenses.

“Time In: Refocusing the Lens of Motherhood” runs through February 21. The exhibition — curated by Larry Gawel of WorkSpace Gallery in Lincoln — features 11 contemporary female photographers and mothers who have chosen their children as the subject matter in their photographic work while transcending the notion of the snapshot or the school portrait.

Featured artists include: Rocio De Alba, Middle Village, New York; Elizabeth Claffey, Bloomington, Ind.; Joy Christiansen Erb, Youngstown, Ohio; Tytia Habing, Watson, Ill.; Alaina Hickman, Omaha; Toni Pepe, Malden, Mass.; Suzanne Révy, Carlisle, Mass.; Heather Evans Smith, Winston Salem, N.C.; Sheila Talbitzer, Omaha; Jessica Tampas, Chicago, Ill.; and Jamie Tuttle, Evanston, Ill.

Elder Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

A panel discussion with the curator and artists Alba, Habing, Révy, Tuttle and Talbitzer will be held Friday, February 5 at 4 p.m. Together they will share their thoughts on what transcends a snapshot, how one makes an image of a child have universal appeal, career vs. family for women in the arts, and technological advances for photographing children, among other topics. A reception will follow from 5 to 7 p.m.

Elder Gallery is located inside the Rogers Center for Fine Arts, 50th Street and Huntington Ave. Admission and parking are free.

Elizabeth is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Indiana University in Bloomington.  She is an honors graduate of Earlham College and has an MFA in photography from Texas Woman’s University, where she also earned a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies.  She received a 2012-13 William J. Fulbright Fellowship, which she used to support her documentary and creative research in Eastern Europe.

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