“Buildings, Bridges & Sculpture”
Amy E. Witte
Exhibition Showing: August 4- September 6
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 6
5:00pm to 7:00pm
The Ankeny Art Center gallery and receptions are free and open to the public
Wine and appetizers will be served
Shauna graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a M.A in Communications and a B.A in Journalism and Mass Communications. Her current exhibit includes photographs of buildings, bridges, and sculpture in Iowa cities and beyond. Each of her photographs are altered to reflect the vision and sensation experienced by the artist.
“Photography is my passion. I began shooting at age eleven with a little Brownie camera. It was not until I dared to enter a photography competition at the Ankeny Art Center did I allow myself to really share my passion. To believe there are others who enjoy the art I create was the greatest award I could have received from that event.
Every individual, animal, plants, and objects has intrinsic beauty. Behind the camera I can take the time to see, hear and feel the story or rhythm being projected. We all color our worlds with our own mixes of paint and I hope to capture moments, color, lines, and reflections that will inspire folks to slow down and enjoy life’s simple pleasures or see the scenes of everyday life in a new or different light.”
The work has evolved, like me, with the move to a new city and a new life. There is not just one inspiration that moves me to shoot photography but a lifetime of inspirations and experiences. Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keefe are two artists who each independently created a lifetime of work that truly reflects his or her own vision. I find this quite admirable and I dream to walk quietly down the same trail.”
Click here to view an interview with Shauna Humrich
Amy E. Witte was born in April of 1970. She grew up in the small farming community of Petersburg, Iowa. She has degrees in Printmaking, Photography and Bookmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute and Arizona State University.
While at Arizona State, she was a research assistant and Type Shop Assistant for Pyracanthea Press, the Universities Book Arts Press. Witte is currently a working artist in Ankeny, Iowa where her studio is located.
Her books, prints and paintings, have been exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Her work is in public and private collections nationally in Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, New York and Utah. Also, internationally in Japan and the Republic of Macedonia.
“My abandoned photographs contain a world of individuals, each with unique experiences and lives. The experiences and life memories that are lost after being discarded are now part of my life experience and become part of my family.
As a painter and printmaker, I reinvent these histories through encaustic painting, collage and assemblage. My titles add context to the work through humor and reflect my personality and perversity.
In the end, what was once abandoned, now again has a home, a new meaning and a new life history. A new history, that embraces the imprint of people that have gone before me.”
Click here to view an interview with Amy E. Witte
he Ankeny Art Center is located in a city park at SW Third and State Front Road. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 9 am to 1 pm, Thursday 4 pm to 7 pm, Friday 9am to 1pm and Saturday 9 am to noon. The Center is closed Sunday and Monday.