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Cleveland Photographer to Exhibit at Wilson's Bogigian Gallery

Posted: November 15, 2010

11/15/2010 Wilson College will hold a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, to mark the opening of Ameriscape, an exhibit of recent photographs and Giclée prints by Eric Rippert.
DATE: Nov. 15, 2010
CONTACT: Philip Lindsey, Associate Professor of Fine Arts
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3305

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Wilson College will hold a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, to mark the opening of Ameriscape, an exhibit of recent photographs and Giclée prints by Eric Rippert. The exhibit, presented by Wilson’s Department of Fine Arts and Dance, will continue through Jan. 28, 2011, in the Bogigian Gallery, which is located on the second floor of Lortz Hall.

Ten photographs made during Rippert’s residency at Wilson last summer, when he participated in the college’s artist-in-residency program, will be displayed in the exhibit. Rippert worked with four other artists who came from New York; Washington, D.C.; Pittsburgh and Ann Arbor, Mich. While in residency, the artists focused on making art, met and critiqued with Wilson students, discussed each other’s work, exhibited in Bogigian Gallery, and gave public tours of their studios.

Rippert’s work, which was not quite exhibition-ready during the summer, will now be displayed, along with a few new Giclée prints of work he produced in Cleveland. Giclée images are generated from high-resolution digital scans and printed with archival-quality inks onto various substrates, including canvas, fine art and photo-base paper, according to the website,

Rippert’s work addresses nostalgia, questions the relationship between the seer and the seen, and asks the viewer to consider the presumption that photography coldly records reality. He intentionally references cinema, popular culture and the sublime.

Rippert’ artwork is exhibited internationally and is included in numerous private, institutional and museum collections, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art and Progressive Art Collection. The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland featured his solo exhibition, Eric Rippert: Midwest Tableaux, and curator Catherine Evans of the Columbus Museum of Art selected Rippert for the exhibition, The View from Here: Recent Pictures from Central Europe and the American Midwest, which traveled to seven cities from Minneapolis to Budapest.

Rippert has been exhibiting his artwork since graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography. He studied with world-renowned artists and theorists at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where his interests in photography, digital video and time-based media earned him a Master of Fine Arts degree in visual art.

For years, Rippert practiced fashion and commercial photography in New York City before relocating to the Midwest, where he has taught photography at University of Akron, Oberlin College and Baldwin-Wallace College. Today, he teaches digital art and design at the Cleveland Institute of Art and continues his photographic explorations in analogue and digital media.

The Bogigian Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. For additional information or an appointment, contact Philip Lindsey at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3305, or

Wilson College, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 fields, teacher certification for college graduates and a master’s degree in education. This year, Wilson enrolled nearly 800 students from 21 states and 13 foreign countries.

Wilson is an independent college with a proud history of educating women since 1869 through rigorous study of the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Wilson’s mission also includes women and men enrolled in adult degree and graduate programs. Guided by its Honor Principle and distinguished by a commitment to transformative student growth, Wilson College prepares all of its graduates for fulfilling lives and professions, ethical leadership and humane stewardship of our communities and our world.

Last Updated: June 30, 2011