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 cod.edu/photo 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. bpowersphotography.com

 COD College Portfolios were juried by:

Laurie ShoulterKarall, ASPP, Consultant

Kevin O. Mooney, kevinomooney.com

Brian Schilling, schillingfilm.com

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 FloGrappling.com

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 FloGrappling.com. To see the whole story, http://www.flograppling.com/article/53338-photo-essay-the-real-experience-of-training-at-unity-jiu-jitsu#.WM_BKmOld7q

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Mike Sears

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. (www.SelfEmploymentInTheArts.com)

February 25, 2017


College of DuPage Photo Student Bryan Van Zanten wins “Best in Show” at 2016 Veterans’ Art Exhibit

December 1, 2016


Bryan Van Zanten is a 20 year retired Master Sergeant Marine Corps veteran. He is currently enrolled in Photo 1201, Tools and Techniques of Digital Photography. He won “Best of Show” in the 2016 Student Veterans Art Exhibit with his image titled “Star Spangled Banner”. The  Student Veterans Art Exhibit is on display at the Wings Student Art Gallery in the  Student Services Center  Room 2210, until December 16, 2016.


“Star Spangled Banner” by Bryan Van Zanten

From the mid 90’s I had been a fan of Ansel Adams, purchasing some prints as decor for the living room. After that I began experimenting a bit with film, nothing serious, just trying to shoot more artistic shots,” he said.

 Bryan bought his first digital camera in 2003, a Sony point and shoot, which he used to take pictures as he moved from station to station around the US. When friends and family were shown the pictures he had taken, they often asked why he was not selling any of his work.

He said ”After leaving the Marines, I returned to Illinois as most of my family lives in the suburbs of Chicago. In December of 2012, I saw Christmas ad  inserts with some good prices so I decided to get an entry level DSLR. As I learned more, I began to discover how much I did not know.”

Utilizing his GI Bill from the military, he enrolled in the College of DuPage (COD) to earn an Associate’s degree in Photography.

“College of DuPage was close and also had a pretty expansive photography department so it met my needs nicely”, he said.

He entered the Photo Program to  become a better photographer, to experience multiple  photographic techniques and to explore the types of photography that interested him.

Bryan said “If it happens to lead to another career –  then fantastic!”

To see more of Bryan’s work – go to his  Instagram page. http://www.instagram.com/deadeye71/


“Still Afloat” by Bryan Van Zanten


“Shadow Dancers” by Bryan Van Zanten

Congratulations 2016 Easter Seals Photographers – 17th Annual Photography Exhibit Gallery

November 7, 2016



Meaghan Tschetter stands with her portrait of Layla at the 17th Annual Easter Seals Photo Exhibit Opening Reception.

College of DuPage Photography Department in Partnership with Easter Seals  17th Anniversary Photography Exhibition

On October 27th, 24 children from Easter Seals DuPage & the Fox Valley were featured in the 17th Annual Photography Exhibition.  For the last 17 years, the College of DuPage (COD) Photography Department has partnered with them to showcase the beauty and daily lives of children with special needs.

In 2000, Terry Vitacco, Professor of Photography and Coordinator of the Photography Program at the College of DuPage, agreed to have her Visual Storytelling students photograph Easter Seals children. “I saw this as a great vehicle for them to have a meaningful, real world assignment for their final project,” said Vitacco.

Every spring, COD Visual Storytelling students are paired with children from Easter Seals and photograph the daily lives of the families to document the challenges and accomplishments of children with different disabilities by creating photo essays with their still images.  In addition, they produce short movies about their subjects to be shown on the COD i-Site Photography website www.cod.edu/photo 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,” Vitacco says.  “Because there are more families that want to be featured than there are students, I ask past students to participate.  We call them our ‘Special Forces’ photographers and in this way 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.

Students get to know the family and become friends with the child they are photographing. This helps breaks down stereotypes and increases understanding about families with special needs children.

“We are truly thankful for this collaboration with College of DuPage,” Theresa Forthofer, President & CEO, said.  “Together, we create inspiring images that illustrate what is possible for the children and families that we serve.”

“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 will be held on Thursday, October 27th at College of DuPage. At the conclusion of the event, the photos will be brought to the Villa Park Center to be hung in the lobby.  Easter Seals is continuously grateful for the partnership with the COD Photography Department.

College of DuPage Photo Alums “Abstracts” Exhibit features work of Carol Byron, Becky Jane Davis, Patsy R. Davis and Dee Hudson-Artist Reception Sunday, July 10 in Bloomingdale

July 6, 2016


A Message from Dr. Ann Rondeau, the new President of College of DuPage/Here is your reminder to Register for Fall Photo Classes/It’s never too early!

July 5, 2016
Dr. Ann Rondeau

Dr. Ann Rondeau

By President Dr. Ann Rondeau

COD Committed to Moving Forward

It is my distinct honor and privilege to report today as the sixth president of College of DuPage. With July 1 marking the beginning of our 50th anniversary year, College of DuPage is, in my view, this community’s best resource to meet a dynamic economy and ensure our citizens a place within it. We are on the front lines, providing high quality affordable education, excellent transfer opportunities to four-year institutions, training for good jobs right now, lifelong learning and cultural experiences. We are agile. We are adaptable. We are committed to maintaining and increasing our value in coming years and being the state’s and region’s flagship community college. We will move forward as a leader in the national conversation about how to best educate our citizens.
How will we do this? We will establish a new level of trust within our community. We will be a pacesetter for improved governance in higher education. We will seek new perspectives and continue to be a forward-thinking institution. We will further align our services with the community’s needs. As we reaffirm our accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, the experience will create value by giving us the opportunity to positively engage in learning new things about ourselves. We will come through this process even better positioned to serve you and the region.
We will also emphasize our shared governance structure to give voice to the good ideas of our faculty, students and staff. At the same time, our antenna will be pointed outward to listen and understand how we can serve our constituents and community members.
We at College of DuPage are grateful to and mindful of our taxpayers and donors who support us so generously. As our Board Chairman Deanne Mazzochi wrote last month in the Daily Herald, you the public spoke to the College, and we heard you. We will continue to hear you. We are accountable to you. Accountability and transparency are not threats. They are opportunities.
I have already been asked on more than one occasion what “notes to self” I have made during the weeks leading up to taking the reins at College of DuPage. What immediately comes to mind is the treasure that is our outstanding faculty, staff and alumni and how well they work together for the good of the College, our students and our community. For instance, we have partnered annually with Easter Seals for 16 years to host a photography exhibition to explore the lives of children with special needs. COD Photography Professor Terry Vitacco founded and coordinates the program. There is our partnership with Fermilab to present the annual Physics Slam. Emceed by our own Speech Professor Chris Miller and co-coordinated by COD Physics Professor Tom Carter, the next Physics Slam will take place Friday, Nov. 18. In addition, COD Cares, our College volunteer corps, completes a wide range of monthly service projects around the community. COD Cares recently sent 20 volunteers to a Habitat for Humanity event, and this fall, we will participate in a “Manual Labor of Love” Serve-a-thon during which 14 area organizations in one day will receive assistance from our COD Action Heroes.
As we enter our 50th anniversary year, we invite you to visit our Glen Ellyn campus or one of our centers around the district. Join us for our 50th anniversary community kick-off concert with the band Brass Transit at the McAninch Arts Center outdoor pavilion on Aug. 26. Come to our Sept. 17 COD Food Truck Rally and 5K race. Get in the school spirit with Homecoming Oct. 1 as we play Ellsworth Community College. Please visit http://www.cod.edu/50 for details. During these events and at any time during the year, we hope you will talk with us and connect with our open community of learners.
I believe you will see and feel our joy, enthusiasm and pride. We are your College of DuPage.
Dr. Ann Rondeau is the new president of the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.