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Bard Photography Students, Staff, and Faculty Exhibit in JFK's Delta Lounge

Laura Steele, faculty, Inspired flight
If you are a Delta Air Lines passenger at New York's John F. Kennedy airport, you may find yourself captivated by a striking series of images in the new international terminal. Paper airplanes whizzing over a field of dandelion seed heads, a tiny airplane and cotton clouds in the palm of a hand, an azure sky and a map of the world—students, staff, and faculty in the Bard Photography Program created these pieces, and they will be on display in the new Sky Club through August.

Delta Photography Initiative Bard College Photography Program Exhibit
L-R: Tal Yaron '13, Image du Present; Rory Hamovit '13, The Globetrotter
The exhibit is the first in the Delta Photography Initiative. Photography programs at 10 leading New York State colleges and universities will be profiled in the space—one per year over the course of a decade. Delta art consultant Susan Nicole Gibbs spearheaded the project and had only a few months to organize the first exhibition, which opened last May. Gibbs reached out to several colleges, including Bard. Her son, Grayson Gibbs '15, is a Bard student majoring in American Literature.

Photography Program director Stephen Shore was the first college representative to respond to Gibbs, and invited her to campus. "The students I met with were extremely engaged, professional, and asked terrific questions," Gibbs said. As Bard students completed portfolios for finals and graduation, they also worked on their submissions to Delta, excited for the opportunity to show their photography in such a highly trafficked venue for a year. Gibbs stipulated that they focus on three themes: wind, international, and paper airplanes. The selected artists were compensated with a $1,000 honorarium, and the pieces will become part of Delta's collection.

Delta Photography Initiative Bard College Photography Program Exhibit
L-R: David Bush, faculty, Untitled Series; Richard Max Gravich '14, A small sojourn; Cassidy Turner '14, Memento
"We hit a home run," says Gibbs. "Bard students set a standard that will now be followed by schools across the state." The display occupies an 80-foot wall and comprises pieces that are quite large—44 inches wide and 30 inches tall—as well as panels describing the project, Bard College, and the Photography Program. "People at Delta walk through it and they love it. They sit there and study each piece," says Gibbs. She especially enjoys seeing parents with children. "In a quiet moment, I heard one dad encouraging his daughter to start taking pictures. That was great."

Bard students and alumni/ae participating in the Delta project are: Eve Alpert '13, Kye Ehrlich '13, Max Gavrich '14, Rory Hamovit '13, Jason Krinsky '14, Charlie Hawks '14, Max Paparella '13, Cassidy Turner '14, Alice Weston '14, Tal Yaron '14, and Mikhail Yusufov '14. Participating faculty and staff consist of Dave Bush, Laura Steele, and Malin McWalters.

For more information about the Delta Photography Initiative, please contact Susan Nicole Gibbs at Twinhouse Art Advisory, at

Post Date: 01-29-2014