Exposed Photography Showcase 2018 at College of DuPage Photography Department

May 18, 2018

2017 Exposed Photography Showcase

May 5, 2017



College of DuPage Photography Program students proudly displayed their portfolios, websites and marketing materials at the 3rd Exposed Photography Showcase May 2nd.  We celebrated their visual communication skills as they presented their work to the business community, district residents, college and high school students, family and friends.

The COD Photography Program aims to launch our students’ professional careers and provide them with valuable real world experience at Exposed. Students share their portfolios and marketing materials, receive feedback from a diverse group of people, discuss their images, network, meet prospective clients, employers, and are offered jobs and internships.

Students from 9 regional high schools also participated in the Exposed Photography Showcase. These included: Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, William Fremd, Glenbrook  North, Hinsdale South, New Trier, Niles West, Palatine, and Willowbrook High Schools.

We also had a presentation by Brian Powers, our 2017 Exposed Distinguished Alumnus, who shared his journey from COD Photo student to award-winning Photojournalist at the Des Moines Register.

 COD College Portfolios were juried by:

Laurie ShoulterKarall, ASPP, Consultant

Kevin O. Mooney,

Brian Schilling,

High School portfolios were juried by COD Photo Faculty and Advisory Committee Members:

Brian Matsumoto

Rob Krueger

Robin Tryloff

Russell Phillips

 The Exposed 2017 High School winners were:

1st Place, Clare Pikul of Downers Grove South HS

2nd Place, Grace Baek, of Downers Grove South HS

3rd Place, Hailey Rodden, of Downers Grove South HS

4th Place, Mason DeMay of Palatine HS

Honorable Mention Ivy Bukowski Downers Grove South HS

Honorable Mention, Stephanie Ebeling, of Willowbrook HS

The Exposed 2017 College of DuPage Winners were:

Best of Show – Joanne Barsanti

3 Jurors’ Selections – Susan Krpan –Josh Merrill – William North

Grand Prizes for best College Portfolio included a Sony ILCE-7M2 Mirrorless Full-Frame Camera and 24 to 70mm Lens, a one year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud software, a one-year membership to the American Society of Media Photographers/ASMP, and a Certificate for the 2018 Self-Employment in the Arts Conference/SEA. The Grand Prize for the High School Portfolio Winner was a Sony DSC-RX100M3 digital camera.

The second highest point total Jurors’ Selection College Portfolio Winner was Josh Merrill, who received a Canon 80D DSLR camera with Lens Kit.

The Second-Place High School Winner was Grace Baek, who received a Canon Powershot G9x Mark II digital camera.

All Exposed Photography Showcase winners received 1-Year Subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud, Fine Art Digital Photo Paper from Ilford, Gift Cards and equipment from Helix Camera, PJ’s Camera, Procam Camera and custom Exposed water bottles from Lively Bottle.














COD Photography Student Mike Sears Publishes Exclusive Photo Essay on top competitor Devhonte Johnson, Ju Jitsu Training at Unity, for

March 24, 2017

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Congratulations to COD Photography Student Mike Sears, whose photo essay on top Ju Jitsu competitor Devhonte Johnson was published by To see the whole story,

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Congratulations to COD Photography Students Tonia Jackson (left) and Zlatka Burtis (right). Their work was chosen for the Self Emploment in the Arts Juried College Art Show. Their photography will be on display through today at the SEA Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Lisle. (

February 25, 2017


Career Boot Camp Students Gain Valuable Knowledge at Self Employment in the Arts Conference

February 29, 2016
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Amanda Voltz, Chicago-based artist, tells COD Photography and Animation Student Syed Minh Hossain about successful social media marketing strategies at her Round Table session at the SEA Conference.

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Fashion Photographer Jacquelyn Nytes received a $2000 prize for her successful business pitch at the Idea Pitch Competition for Creatives at the SEA Conference last weekend.

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Career Boot Camp Students listen to Musician Tom Sharpe’s keynote presentation and solo performance of his symphony. Sharpe’s talk was about “Defining Your Artist Self”and how to overcome the “starving artist” stereotype.

Career Boot Camp Photo & MPTV Students Visit John Merkle’s Commercial Photography Studio

February 22, 2016


Photo 1821 and MPTV 1800 students enrolled in the Career Boot Camp class had the opportunity to visit John Merkle’s Commercial Photography Studio last Saturday, February 20th. There, they met with John Merkle (left) Larry Huene (center) and Fritz Geiger (right), all successful professionals who shared their knowledge and insights on the industry.


Fritz Geiger, owner of Fritz Still and Motion Imaging, encouraged students to consistently be shooting to develop their personal style, “The best camera is the one you have with you.”


C.O.D. student Julio Guerrero takes notes during the discussion as the three photographers gave advice to students about what it takes to be successful in the photo industry today.


C.O.D. student Uwe Gsedl had the opportunity to share his own work with John Merkle.


Larry Huene, owner of Larry Huene Photography, shares his portfolio of client work with C.O.D. student Auste Kuncas.


C.O.D. photography students Chris Beach and Jess Callahan get a closer look of Fritz Geiger’s photography.

All Photos by Lauren Laws

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

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“We the People” by Robin Tryloff