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Samantha VanDeman
Villa Park, Illinois

The Illinois Institute of Art in Tinley Park, IL
Adjunct Faculty

page 125

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This photographic series is of the abandoned "Thomas Jefferson Hotel" in Birmingham, Alabama. Since 1983, this hotel has sat vacant in the center of Downtown Birmingham. With several failed attempts to bring this hotel back to life, this structure awaits an uncertain future.

In my work, I'm drawn to places that are isolated and have been forgotten about by society.  I use my camera to examine these areas that often go unnoticed.  Through the use of light, I try to capture the beauty the once existed in these magnificent environments. By photographing these structures, I attempt to provide a visual record of what will be lost forever. With the destruction of these places, photographs and artifacts will be all that remain.



born: 1982, Chicago, Illinois


Columbia College Chicago, BFA,  2001
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, MFA, 2009

selected awards/honors

Review Santa Fe 100, Center, 2012

selected publications

SHOTS; The Summer Issue. Minneapolis, MN. p. 6, 2012
Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition Catalog, Wright Museum of Art, 2012
The Urban and Country Landscape: Life and Nature, People and Culture. The Worldwide Gala Awards, 2011
Psychescapes: Contemporary Art that Explores the Human Psyche, Exhbition in Print, 2010

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Good Question Gallery; Triangulating Urbanism: History, Culture, and Decay, Brooklyn, NY, 2012
Steenbock Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters: Lost Schools, Madison, WI, 2011
Noir Art Emporium: Paintings and Photographs, Jacksonville, IL, 2007

selected group shows

Newspace Center for Photography: 2012 Juried Exhibition, Portland, OR, 2012
The Center For Fine Art Photography: Simply, Fort Collins, CO, 2012
Umbrella Arts: Home, New York City, NY, 2012
Finch and Ada Gallery: Window Shopping, New York City, NY, 2011



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