May Gallery hosts first Bill Barrett Annual Faculty Photography Exhibition

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According to Aaron AuBuchon, the exhibition was held from February 18th to March 11th and was open to all current and previous faculty members.

For 23 years, Bill Barrett organized and coordinated Webster’s May Gallery at Sverdrup Hall. His work, May Gallery, is the only photo exhibition space of its kind within a few hours radius.

Every year, May Gallery holds a senior exhibition for graduates, an exhibition for ungraduated Webster students, a photo exhibition for high school students, an exhibition of works by world-famous photographers, and an exhibition for teachers. doing. This is the latest event held by May Gallery in February. .. 18.

After Barrett’s recent death, a professor of photography at Webster for nearly 30 years, May Gallery continues with the help of Webster faculty and students.

Aaron Orbuchon, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Communication Studies, played a major role in the recent planning of the “Bill Barrett Annual Photography Department Exhibition” at the Gallery. He and other photography departments worked together to ensure that the gallery event continued.

The May Gallery is currently exhibiting past and present faculty photos in the corridor of Sverdrup Hall.
The Bill Barrett Annual Photography Exhibition will be open to the public until March 11, 2022. Photo: Cas Waigand

“The latest show was a true collaboration between many people to make it a success,” Au Buchon said. “For Websters, having such a gallery on campus and having such fame is one of the great things Websters do to contribute to the St. Louis arts and culture community. “

At the exhibition, Au Buchon designed posters, assembled virtual shows, and helped participants communicate with other organizers.

“I was really impressed by the dean [Eric] Rothenbuhler is very practical. He did everything I could to get ready, “said Au Buchon. “Especially thanks to Tom Burkman. He really [exhibition] together. Without him we wouldn’t have been able to do a physical show. Thanks to all the people who participated in the show itself. “

According to AuBuchon, Webster’s assistant photography professor, Barkman, worked on promoting the event and acquiring photographic images, including printing. He also hung them on the ground floor of Sverdrup.

AuBuchon said he and Rothenbuler are pleased to be part of the driving force behind May Gallery for the foreseeable future, while video recording is their strength. Ultimately, he hopes that the Faculty of Photography will fulfill his administrative role in planning the May Gallery.

“As long as I need the help of an administrator, I’m involved in planning. My field of work goes alongside photography. That is, the camera is the camera. But I’m still a photographer. I don’t know the world, “says Au Buchon. “So I’m not sure who will run [the Gallery] At this point, I don’t think anyone is ready to discuss it, as it requires a full-time person in many ways, which means it will eventually replace Bill. “

The opening reception of the exhibition is February 18th and will be on display until March 11th. This special exhibition has accepted applications not only from those who taught within last year, but also from those who have previously been hired by Webster’s photography department. ..

“After Bill’s death, we [the exhibition] We wanted a legacy show that would remind everyone who passed under the wings of the building, so back it up to anyone who has ever taught in a photography program, “Au Buchon said.

Over the last 20 years, Barrett oversaw May Gallery, building a reputation as a unique opportunity for both college, alumni and the community.

“The May Gallery is a real gallery, not just a place to showcase student work. When you leave, you can say that you’ve put your work in an internationally reputed gallery,” Au Buchon said. increase. “It can be said that they attended a show at the May Gallery in St. Louis.”

Au Buchon, who worked with Barrett for 15 years, said he was inspired to continue Barrett’s legacy from his memory of how passionate Barrett was to work with students.

“Bill made the May Gallery work because it involved a series of students, so we need to be involved with the students,” Au Buchon said. “Part of my thinking as a May gallery plan is to work with students throughout the photography program and ask them if they can help.”

Students will find it helpful to understand the arrangements for the May Gallery show, such as which photographic work will be cut. According to AuBuchon, the work is always reviewed and approved by multiple parties before it is exhibited in the May gallery, and in advanced exhibitions, graduates need to decide which of their colleagues’ work to exhibit. I have.

The May Gallery, formerly located in the corridor on the second floor of the West Wing of Sverdrup, is now being renovated and is now being moved to another space in the building. Due to the change of location, the name of May Gallery will be changed.

“The May gallery is more of a physical space than a physical space. I’m renaming the gallery, but it’s still a photo gallery at Webster University. I think there’s always a trace of the building because it can’t be helped.” Au Buchon said. “It wasn’t because it was his job, but because of his passion. He saw a commitment between the night and the weekend for 23 years. If he had come near the show on the weekend, a ruler in the hallway. And nails, and a building with all the trinkets of the May Gallery show. “

May Gallery and its new organizers will continue to hold exhibitions on the virtual platform while the refurbishment is complete in the West Wing of Sverdrup. The May Gallery will be temporarily closed this month and will be reopened when new physical space is completed.

There is currently no formal plan on who will take over Barrett’s responsibilities, but Au Buchon said a group of professors and staff will work together consistently to maintain the May Gallery for the foreseeable future.

AuBuchon also encourages anyone who knows or has Barrett’s class to feel welcome to stop by Barrett’s Memorial outside the Sverdrup office. Anyone is free to write a message or leave a memory in his memorial book outside the office.

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Kate McCracken (she / she) is Journal’s lifestyle editor. She has a dual major in philosophy and history and is a minor in professional writing. She always loves to write and create stories, and she wrote her first book at the age of 10. Besides writing, Kate also enjoys photography, environmental / animal activity, paranormal research and oneirology, and dream research.

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