Jack Wilgus: A Retrospective at MICA opens October 15

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MICA highlights the artistic career of former chair of photography Jack Wilgus in Selected Series: A Retrospective of Photographs by Jack Wilgus, Thursday, Oct. 15-Sunday, Nov. 15 in the Pinkard Gallery, Bunting Center (1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.).

The exhibition will feature brief excerpts from many of his explorations with photographic series in color, black and white, infrared, computer generated, multiple images and alternative processes, as well as of subject matters ranging from landscape to still life to macroscopic. A public reception takes place Thursday, Oct. 15, 5-7 p.m.

“I am pleased to have this opportunity to share the evolution of my approach to the photographic medium with the MICA community,” Wilgus said. “I look back with pleasure on my years at the College and look forward to continued image making and research in the history of photography.”

Wilgus has always worked in photographic series, allowing him to develop an idea extensively and to learn from the photographs as they are made. He believes any subject or conceptual concept can change and assume new meaning as it is explored over time.

Before retirement, Wilgus taught photography at MICA for 40 years and was the chair of the department for 30. Now a professor emeritus working on several personal projects, Wilgus has explored digital, infrared panoramas and archival digital printing. Currently, he is researching the history of camera obscura, working toward the publication of a book. For more information on his research projects, visit

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