Tuesday, July 31, 2012

OFAI Featured Faculty: Connie Imboden

Connie Imboden

Baltimore, Maryland

Connie Imboden will teach the Fall Arts Institute "Digital Photography: Illusions" at Quartz Mountain, October 11 - 14.  Connie is represented in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and The Bibliothèque Nationales in Paris, as well as in many other public and private collections throughout Europe and the Americas. Imboden has exhibited her photographs in an extensive range of group and solo shows at galleries and museums throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and China. Imboden teaches and inspires colleagues and students alike in her quest to push the photographic medium to its highest level. She currently teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where her experience as a photographer began. Imboden has served as an instructor at workshops around the world, including The Maine Photographic Workshops and the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in France.

If you attend Connie's workshop, you'll explore illusions.  Illusions are fascinating, and working with illusions in photography can be a very interesting way of working with visual language. The power and danger of illusions is that we see them as absolute truth. We trust our eyes -- “I’ve seen it with my own eyes.” The class is about ways of exploring, discovering, developing, and utilizing the influence of illusions beyond mere tricks of seeing to compelling and poetic means of communication.  You'll employ illusionistic techniques through assignments, discussions, and critiques. The course is open to anyone with a basic knowledge of their camera’s operations.

Connie taught photography at the 2011 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, and we are excited to welcome her back to Quartz Mountain!  Click here to meet all the OFAI faculty, or learn more about the Fall Arts Institute.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Discounts on Fall Arts Institute Tuition!

Do you have a digital camera and no idea how to use it?  Do you have a great idea for a children’s book?  Have you ever wanted to try your hand at painting, drawing, or printmaking?  Then head to Quartz Mountain this fall for an all-inclusive four-day retreat at the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute (OFAI).  Workshops are offered for all ability levels, from true beginners to professional artists.  New this year, private school educators receive a 50% discount on tuition, and members of certain arts organizations receive 20% discounts.  Public school educators still receive full scholarships to OFAI.
OFAI participants spend their days receiving instruction from nationally renowned artists from across the U.S.  In addition to learning about their chosen art form, participants can attend presentations by faculty artists in a variety of artistic disciplines.  In the evenings, participants can take advantage of open studio time, attend an elective activity, or simply relax and enjoy the getaway.
OFAI is held at the Quartz Mountain Arts & Conference Center in southwest Oklahoma. An ideal location for arts immersion, the resort offers the amenities and comforts of a fine hotel inside a scenic state park.  OFAI is an all-inclusive experience, with all meals and lodging included with tuition (alcoholic beverages not included).  OFAI occurs October 11 – 14, October 25 – 28, and November 1 – 4, with enrollment beginning Monday, August 20. 

New this year, OFAI offers discounts to private school educators and arts supporters, while continuing to provide full scholarships to Oklahoma public school teachers.  Oklahoma private school educators can attend for a total cost of $315.50 ($345.50 for visual arts classes), including all meals and lodging in a shared room.  Members of the 16 arts organizations listed below can attend for a total cost of $490 ($520 for visual arts classes).  Private rooms are an additional $100. 

Current members of the following arts organizations receive a 20% discount:

Allied Arts
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
Gilcrease Museum
Goddard Art Center
International Photography Hall of Fame
Lachenmeyer Arts Center
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma Black Museum and Performing Arts Center
Oklahoma Community Theatre Association
Oklahoma Camera Club
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition
Philbrook Museum of Art
Ponca City Art Center
Price Tower Arts Center

To see the OFAI schedule, course descriptions, faculty bios, and enrollment information, visit www.oaiquartz.org.