Someone to Ride the River With
A Survey of MFA photography students from the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and the University of New Mexico

CFA Downtown Studio
113 4th St NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

February 1st- 17th
Reception February 3, 2017 6pm- 8pm

“Someone to ride the river with,” a saying used in the Western United States during the late 1800s, referred to a person who could be counted on, someone who was reliable. In the spirit of this adage, MFA photography students in the Southwest are banding together to form a network through which they can provide support and help one another to navigate the uncertain waters of academia and the art world. This exhibition showcases work from current graduate students in the photo programs at three major universities in the Southwest. Opening at the Lionel Rombach Gallery in Tuscon, AZ, in conjunction with the Society for Photographic Education’s Southwest and West joint regional conference, the show was on display at the Harry Wood Gallery in Tempe, AZ and be on display from November 21st – December 2nd before closing at the Center for Fine Arts Downtown Studio in Albuquerque, NM from February 1st – 17th.

Each of these programs has played an important role in the ongoing intersection of academia and photography, housing photographic print collections, award-winning faculty, and alumni who have gone on to become influential in the field. Through correspondence and exchange, this collaboration highlights the common threads and distinctions within the praxes of the participating artists, upholding the traditions of these institutions and fostering new ones.