Photo© Sigrid Estrada
—I am a teacher and an artist.
With a BA from the U of Wisc., and an MFA from Cal. Inst. of the Arts, I am an ongoing college instructor with over 35 years of experience. I have taught courses in art history, art criticism, and practical and theoretical photography at UNC-Charlotte; Rutgers U, NJ; SUNY-Albany; Russell Sage College, NY; Moore College of Art, PA; ICP-NYC; et al—most recently, a graduate level course at NYU (10 years) and a continuing course in the history of photography at SVA-NYC. I have remained an adjunct professor throughout this period for personal and professional reasons: to devote my time to teaching rather than administration and to be able to devote non-teaching time to my art.
As a working artist, I have made photographic art since graduate school and shown across the USA, Europe and South America. I am part of the permanent collections of the Sam Wegstaff/Getty Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Davidson College, NC, Humboldt State, CA, U of Brasilia, Recife.
My photography is collage-based—with two primary groupings. One group is represented by decorative creations that are Matisse-inspired pattern pieces utilizing color theory and relying mostly on pure aesthetics. Another group of altar pieces are intensely detailed collages documenting Afro-Brazilian culture in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay—an ongoing twenty-five year project.
Conjointly, I am a master Ilfochrome printer and until recently have printed professionally for many renown photographic artists in NY. In this capacity I have always printed my own images from 4 x 5 color slides. This process has now evolved from its analog origins into digital photography.
Lastly, as a teacher I thoroughly enjoy my profession with its implied integrity and responsibility—attributes I take very seriously.
—Peter A Kloehn