Found/Made Studio Art Faculty Exhibit Opens Tomorrow – Congrats to COD Adjunct Photo Faculty

December 2, 2015

COD Photo Faculty Adjunct Christopher Schneberger


Congratulations to Adjunct Photo Faculty members Miles, Boone, Peter Bosy, Robert Buitron, Lily Mayfield, Min Pak, Russell Phillips, Christopher Schneberger, Michael Taylor and Paul Shukin on the opening of their new exhibit, “Found/Made.”
The opening reception is Thursday, December 3rd from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cleve Carney Art Gallery in the MacIninch Art Center at College of DuPage. The show will run from December 3, 2015 until Jan. 23, 2016.




College of DuPage Photography Program Hosts Willowbrook High School Photo Students for First “High School Photo Day.”

November 11, 2014
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Model Alexis Krpan poses for Willowbrook High School and Photo 1101 students during the Paint it Black shoot.

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Photo by Caitlyn Zientara.

Willowbrook High School Photography Students came to College of DuPage for the first “High School Photo Day” last month. All 50 were ready for action as they participated in four different photography activities.Willowbrook Senior Caitlyn Zientara said that she was glad to get a “real, hands-on learning experience.”

The students started with a demonstration of the Cyanotype Alternative Process by Photo Faculty member Hans Klemmer.  “Being able to expose photographs on surfaces other than photographic paper, and developing those photographs with almost anything but chemicals was very appealing,” said Zientara.

Next they explored the  Motion Picture TV Department’s new Control Room and Green Screen with MPTV Program Specialist Glenn Glinke, who showed them the many capabilities of this new technology. That afternoon they participated in Terry Vitacco’s Photo 1101 Paint it Black Shoot in the MAC Lobby. Zientara said her class really enjoyed the location portrait shoot. “Students were able to interact and speak to the models, asking them to pose a certain way for the perfect shot.”

In Peter Bosy’s Photo 1300 Studio lighting demo, they learned commercial still life photography techniques for products on black reflective surfaces. Bosy also gave Willowbrook students practical business advice. “Students were introduced to different types of photography, as well as real world careers that use similar photography techniques and equipment,” said Zientara.

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MPTV Program Specialist Glenn Glinke demonstrates the new Green Screen to Willowbrook High School students.

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Alternative Processes Instructor Hans Klemmer demonstrates the cyanotype process in the Photo Lab.


Studio Lighting in Peter Bosy’s Photo 1300 Class. Left Photo by COD Photo 1300 Student Mike McPherson. Right Photo by Caitlyn Zientara of Willowbrook High School.



College of DuPage Photo Program Partnership with Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region Celebrated at 15th Anniversary Exhibition in the MacIninch Arts Center

November 7, 2014


On October 2nd, 26 children from Easter Seals and the Fox Valley Region were featured in the 15th Annual Photography Exhibition. For the last 15 years, the COD Photo Program has partnered with them to showcase portraits, photo essays and multimedia stories about the daily lives of children with special needs.

Every spring, COD Photojournalism students are paired with children from Easter Seals and photograph the daily lives of the families to portray a truthful story about the challenges and accomplishments of children with different disabilities. They also make multi-media presentations to be shown on the COD Photo website and Easter Seals website. The photos are also entered into a juried competition and the selected images are showcased as large format prints for the exhibit.

“Ever since the first show in 2000, the exhibit continues to grow,” says Terry Vitacco, COD Photography Professor. “Because there are more families that want to participate than there are students in my Photojournalism class, I have begun asking past students to become our ‘Special Forces’ photographers so that everyone can be accommodated.”

The exhibit itself not only brings joy to the families being photographed, but it also brings awareness to those who have never experienced the world of special needs children.

“I think the most important thing my students learn by doing the Easter Seals project is that their photography really makes a difference,” says Vitacco. “The families that see the photos hanging in the Easter Seals lobby are encouraged and heartened that their child can enjoy life despite their challenges.”

The exhibition was held on Thursday, October 2nd at College of DuPage. At the conclusion of the event, the photos were brought to the Villa Park Center to be hung in the lobby for the next year. Easter Seals is continuously grateful for the partnership with the COD Photography Department.

To learn more about Photojournalism at College of DuPage, contact Terry Vitacco at The next Photojournalism class will be held in the Spring 2015 semester. Register early to be part of this enlightening humanitarian project.

To see a movie about the 15 year anniversary exhibit go to

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The Opening Reception of the 15th Annual College of DuPage Photography Students’ Easter Seals & the Fox Valley Region Photo Exhibit was held in the MacIninch Arts Center Lobby. Photo by Mike McPherson

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COD Photojournalism Student Patti Mendoza (far right) poses with her Manny (SuperManny) and his family at the Opening Reception. Photo by Jim Svehla.

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COD Photojournalism Students Joann Hartley and Nicole Siuda stand and are recognized for their outstanding work at the Easter Seals 15th Anniversary Reception. Photo by Jim Svehla.

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Easter Seals subject Peter smiles as he sees his 24 x 36″ portrait by Christine Carroll, which was chosen as the signature image for the exhibit. Photo by Jim Svehla.

Congratulations to Patsy Davis – “Roots” Image Featured in Kiernan Gallery

March 17, 2014

Roots%20#5%20%c2%a9Patsy%20R.%20DavisCongratulations to College of DuPage Photography student Patsy Davis. Her “Roots” image was featured in the Kiernan Gallery show “An Alternative Approach” last month.

Study Photography Abroad – in Tuscany!

February 20, 2014

Have you ever considered spending a semester abroad?

For the fall semester of 2014, COD Photo Program faculty member Jeff Curto will be teaching photography for the University of Georgia’s Study Abroad program in Cortona, Tuscany.

In addition to photography, students can study Italian, painting, drawing, ceramics, history, Italian culture and more. The program is open to any undergraduate, so COD students are eligible. Cortona is an incredibly beautiful hill town, famous in its own right, but made more so by the book and movie Under the Tuscan Sun, which takes place there.

More info is available at the program’s website:

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Alum Rejman’s newest film about glaciers

August 24, 2013

As reported previously on the Silicon & Silver blog, Photo Program alum Eric Rejman has been involved in producing images of the natural world for some time.  Now Eric  has done it again, acting as director of photography for an amazingly beautiful and informative video piece about glaciers and climate change in the North Cascades National Park.

The video, Keepers of the Beat, is viewable here:

You can see more of Eric’s great work on his website:


Who Says You Can’t Make a Living Doing What You Love?

February 24, 2013

Highlights of the SEA Conference

Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23

I attended the 13th annual SEA (Self-Employment in the Arts) Conference at the Lisle Hilton with my colleague Jennifer Piehl and our Creative Boot Camp students.

COD Creative Boot Camp students (center and right tables) listen to award-winning musician Tom Sharpe’s talk and drum performance during the February 22 Keynote .

We attended a variety of informative sessions, including Shooting a Conference for a Magazine Spread, led by Crain’s Chicago Business Staff Photographer Erik Unger. We also heard from panels on Utilizing Social Media as a Tool for your Art Business, and How to Create and Present and Effective Portfolio. Students attended sessions on Contracts and Business Forms Basics, Overcoming Under earning, and signed up for One on One Mentoring Sessions. Students also interviewed artists and researched prospective clients for their Final Project.

Brodie Sturm and Mike Castillo listen as Crain’s Chicago Business Staff Photographer Erik Unger critiques photos students shot during his Shooting for a Magazine Spread Workshop. Unger has been published worldwide, including publications such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Forbes Magazine, London’s Daily Telegraph and Italy’s Panorama Magazine.

Boot Camp Students also heard from keynote speakers such as musician Tom Sharpe, who won the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and Greg Forbes Seigman, who spoke about how the lessons learned from art which can build our businesses as well as impact our communities in a positive way.

Photojournalist Erik Unger shows students his flash as he discusses what he includes in his camera bag to be prepared for his assignments.

 Quotes from Erik Unger

“Look for moments. Look for interaction. Shoot insurance pix first to cover your ass. Build on that and work around the outside of the main event. Look for what will set you apart, make you look different and lively.”

“What makes great photography is access. The best pictures are from the best access. That’s why backstage passes are best.The goal of a photographer is to show people pictures they won’t see otherwise.”

“You don’t go into photography for the money. You have to make sure you get paid what you deserve.”

Panelists (left to right) Eileen Braun (Ceramic Artist) Margaret Peot (Costume Designer) Erik Unger ( Photojournalist) and Janet Bloch (Director of Lubeznik Art Center) give students advice on preparing their portfolio.

Advice from the Portfolio Panel:

“Don’t show everyone that you can do everything. They might not care. When you look at art and it’s amazing, it’s that thing that they thought of that was original and true to themselves.”

“It’s important to show up on time, be polite, kind and civil. Be interested in them. That’s always remembered equally to the work. Put your best foot forward.”

“There should be no misspellings in your Artist’s Statement. Your portfolio should be the best of your best! You are competing with professionals, even as a student.”

“Everyone should have a website. To be a serious artist you have to update it every 6 months. Take out older work and put in new. Clients want to see your website changing. People are watching.”

“Submit to juried competitions. Start looking for opportunities as a student. Answer calls for artists in group shows. See if you get chosen.”

Advice from the Social Media Panel:

“Social media is a tool and you have to learn how to leverage it. These tools should galvanize your community and promote you.  Social media is a tool that has an incredible reach, but you need to make it meaningful.”

Advice from musician Tom Sharpe:

“There’s a connection between mental and physical fitness. I run 3 to 5 miles daily. I don’t do drugs and alcohol. For me, it’s mental – I want to have a clear head. For me, there’s no time not to have a clear head.”

“You don’t have time for stupid things. You are your decisions. Keep it positive. Keep the train rolling. Everything is circular. Make your decisions positive and watch how that grows.”