Photography panel discussion Jan. 12 at Freeport Art Museum

• Three artists discuss the intrigue of the banal or mundane in contemporary photography

Staff Report

FREEPORT, Ill. — Photography enthusiasts are invited to join an extraordinary panel discussion at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, as three artists from the Ninth Annual Regional Juried Exhibition discuss the intrigue of the banal or mundane in contemporary photography at the Freeport Art Museum (FAM).

Scott Cavanah, Juan Fernandez and Emily Franklin regularly turn their lens on the commonplace found in the world around them. There are no grand vistas here. They haven’t plundered Yosemite for the dramatic or sublime, but instead have focused on grain elevators, bland architecture and everyday scenes for their subject matter.

What draws them to photograph the commonplace? Does the familiar reveal unfamiliarity or, become noble and majestic?

Explore these and other questions regarding images of the world “just as it is” at the event.

Sam Tucibat, artist and instructor of photography and graphic design at Highland Community College, will serve as panel moderator and will add commentary.

The event is open to the public with donation serving as admission.

FAM is at 121 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport, Ill., and is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and noon-5 p.m., Saturday. Tours may be scheduled by calling (815) 235-9755. Admission to the museum is free, although donations are appreciated.

From the Dec. 19-25, 2012, issue

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