Equine Photographer & COD Photo Alum Rachel Asmus shares Breeder’s Cup experience this Fall

November 23, 2015

Lazer, by Rachel Asmus

College of DuPage Photography Alum Rachel Asmus shared the story of her career in Equine Photography and her experience at the last Breeder’s Cup with Silicon and Silver.

“Since leaving COD I have pursued my passion for photography and horses. I ended up transferring to Midway University in Midway, Kentucky where I graduated with my Bachelors in Equine Management. Currently I am pursuing my masters in Equine Business and hope to run my own farm someday.

I have had an interest in Photography for many years and took as many photo classes as I could in high school and college. I mainly photograph horses, nature, and landscapes. Horses are my favorite subject  because they are such beautiful animals and I have always shown a big interest in them. During my time in Kentucky I had the opportunity to go to many horse events as a spectator and take photos. This fall I got the chance to attend the Breeder’s Cup and watch history being made.

I never thought that I would be lucky enough to attend the Breeder’s Cup let alone be a Photo Runner and be more behind the scenes at such a historic event. My advisor from Midway contacted me asking me if I was free the weekend of the race because she had something that she thought I may be interested in doing.

When I got back to her she told me it was to help some photographers at the Breeder’s Cup. I had never been a Runner before and really didn’t know what it would entail. My main job over the two days was to bring the memory cards from the photographers at the finish line and winners’ circle to the editors in the media center and then back to the photographers before the next race. I quickly figured out the best route, but at times it was definitely challenging with so many spectators.The photographer who was looking for some help took some of my school’s graduation photos this past May and was looking forward to having me come down to help.

The Wednesday night before the big event he held a BBQ at his farm in Versailles, KY where I got the opportunity to meet the group of photographers and editors that I was going to be working with for the weekend. There were people from Canon, The Lexington-Herald, and The Blood Horse at the BBQ. It was a wonderful experience and one that I will definitely never forget. I was able to network with both people in the photography industry as well as the horse industry. I was also able to ask questions regarding equipment and photography so it was also very educational.”                                                                            – Rachel Asmus


Photo by Rachel Asmus


Photo by Rachel Asmus

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Photo by Rachel Asmus

COD Photography Alum Robin Tryloff to be Featured in “The Power and Politics of Anger” Exhibit at the Woman Made Gallery November 13 to December 20

November 2, 2015

College of DuPage Photography Graduate Robin Tryloff has 6 images featured in the new show, “The Power and Politics of Anger” at the Woman Made Gallery, which opens November 13th.

Anger is typically stigmatized as an inarticulate, childish, excessive and undesirable emotion to have or express. Yet anger also has the power to mobilize people, to spur individuals into taking action to try and influence situations that may otherwise seem beyond their control.

Anger’s effects can be profound: the emotion may lie dormant inside an individual or within an entire generation for decades, slowly building in intensity until it explodes in the form of protests, riots, or war.

The Power and Politics of Anger investigates both the positive and negative role that anger plays in art, culture, politics, and everyday life. We seek works in all media that address questions such as: What does anger look like? Is there an “aesthetics” of anger? How is anger registered in works of art through content and/or form? How does identity—gender, race, socioeconomic status—influence social and cultural perceptions of anger as well as an individual’s right to express it? When is anger attractive? When is anger sexualized? When does anger create vulnerability? What is the role of anger in community building? When is anger healthy and generative? How can anger be leveraged to foster wellbeing?
Exhibiting Artists: Micaela Anaya, Annette Barbier, Cat Chow, Sara Convery, Bronwyn Elkuss, Angela Fegan, Stacey Gee, Tiffany Gholar, Linda Gleitz, Tonia Hughes, Vivian Le, Sue Lee, Gayla Lemke, Marcy Lichterman, Noelle Mason, Amy Misurelli Sorensen, Bonnie Peterson, Alma Shoaf, Anna Showers-Cruser, Alice Simpson, Priscilla Smith, Angela Swan, Robin Tryloff, Kathy Weaver. JUROR: Angee Lennard

“The Power and Politics of Anger” runs from November 13 to December 20, 2015.
The Opening Reception will be held November 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Woman Made Gallery –

685 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60642  – 312-738-0400    http://womanmade.org

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“We the People” by Robin Tryloff


Congratulations to the 2015 College of DuPage Easter Seals Photographers on the 16th Annual Photography Exhibition

October 26, 2015
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College of DuPage Photography student Patti Mendoza, right, faces the crowd at the 16th annual Easter Seals Photography Exhibition as the first image – her diptych of Charley is unveiled.

Congratulations to Barbara Overland, Lauren Sims, Christine Carroll, Chris Pestel, Joann Hartley, Patti Mendoza, Helena Joergenrud, Carl Jalowiec, Bill D’Arcy, Gary Ghertner, Marita Blanken, Desiree Gonzalez, Sally Blottiaux, Martina Magnusson, Petra Ford, Michelle Irving and Joy Bijedic. Their work was unveiled last Thursday at the 16th annual Easter Seals Photo Exhibition held in the MacIninch Art Center at College of DuPage. These photographers captured 24 photojournalistic personality portraits that reflect the beauty, innocence and independent spirit of their subjects.

To see all the images in the exhibition and the movies by Helena Joergenrud, Patti Mendoza and Sally Blottiaux, go to http://www.cod.edu/photo/photojournalism/index.htm

To see a Courier TV News segment about the Easter Seals 16th annual opening reception go to https://vimeo.com/143679261

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Christine Carroll holds Benny at the opening reception of the 16th Easter Seals Photography Exhibition held at the MacIninch Art Center. Carroll had 2 images in the show, Benny’s -which is on the right, and Nicholas’, whose image is on the left.


Martina Magnusson, College of DuPage Photography student, poses with one of her subjects, Uziel, and his family at the opening reception.

Easter Seals 16th Annual Photo Exhibition is Thursday, October 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in the MacIninch Art Center. Hope to see you there!

October 16, 2015


Chris Schneberger Kickstarts Art Education with 3D Photography Lecture/Demonstration/Workshop at the College of DuPage Photo Studio

October 11, 2015

(Left) COD Photo Instructor Chris Schneberger demonstrates various 3D image viewers and cameras during the Kickstart event yesterday. (Right) Hinsdale Central High School student Nicholas Lucaccioni tries on his 3D glasses before the 3D movie presentation.

College of DuPage Photography Instructor Chris Schneberger did a lecture and demonstration of 3D Photography at the inaugural Kickstart your Art Education at the College of DuPage yesterday. This annual event invites District 502 high school students, teachers and parents to the COD campus and state of the art facilities at the MacIninch Art Center to enjoy an afternoon of art, workshops and portfolio reviews culminating in a showcase of high school student artwork curated by members of the COD Art Faculty.

Kickstart 2015 Workshops included: “So my kid wants to be an Art Student” by Chuck Boone, Screenprinting with Seth Hunter, 3D Photography with Chris Schneberger and Portfolio Reviews by COD Art Faculty.


Chris Scheberger and his audience watch his 3D movie on paranormal activity during the Kickstart event yesterday at the College of DuPage Photo Studio.

Business Consultant Dave Dudley to Share Important Communication Skills and Strategies for Photographers at College of DuPage Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. in MAC 193

October 4, 2015

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Models Needed for Friday Portrait Class Shoots – Get Professional Portraits and Learn about Studio Photography

September 29, 2015

Heather Shedd’s photograph of model Richard Petry from a recent Friday Portrait class shoot.

Models are needed for the College of DuPage Portrait Photography class. Volunteer models need to be available from 11 a.m. to noon on Fridays for makeup, and from noon to 3 p.m. for the studio shoots with the Portrait students. Each model will be photographed by a group of 3 or 4 students that will “pay” the model with custom prints and 3 to 5 digital images on a disk. The Portrait Photography class collaborates with Cosmetology and Theatre students, as well as other interested COD students and members of the community.

If you’d like to participate, email Instructor Terry Vitacco at vitacco@cod.edu. She will send you a Model Sign-Up form and will add you to our class model list.  Get some great portraits and learn about studio photography at the same time.

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Cosmetology Student Kristina Ziebell applies makeup to Richard Petry before his studio shoot In the College of DuPage Photo Lab.


(Left Photo) Cosmetology Student Jocelyn Hernandez works on model Katya Pospisil’s hair in preparation for her Portrait class shoot. Photo by Anna Gay. (Right Photo) Jennifer Guitian’s portrait of model Katya Pospisil.

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(Left Photo) Cosmetology Student Samantha Belcourt (far left) works on model Cristian Batiz as Jocelyn Hernandez styles model Olivia Baumann’s hair. Photo by Anna Gay. (Right Photo) COD Photography Student Sue Krpan’s portrait of Cristian and Olivia.


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