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Samantha VanDeman
Villa Park, Illinois

Illinois Institute of Art, Adjunct faculty


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No Vacancy is an ongoing photographic series documenting abandoned hotel interiors that have sat vacant for nearly five to thirty years.  With several failed attempts to bring each hotel back to life and plans of demolition, these structures await an uncertain future.

In my work, I'm often drawn to abandoned places that appear to be frozen in time.    I use my camera to examine these places that have been forgotten by society. Through the use of color and light, I attempt to capture the beauty the once existed in these magnificent environments. By photographing these hotels, I hope to provide a visual record of what might be lost forever.


born: 1982, Chicago, Illinois


The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, MFA, 2009
Columbia College Chicago, BFA, 2005

selected awards/honors

Winner, Flash Forward, 2013
Third Place, PhotoSpiva, 2012
First Place, Architectural Interiors, The International Photography Awards, 2012
Finalist, Critical Mass, 2012

selected publications

Griffin Museum of Photography, 19th Juried Exhibition, MA, 2013
SHOTS Magazine, Open Theme, 2013
F-STOP MAGAZINE, Open Theme, 2013

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Lost Schools, Steenbock Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters, Madison, WI, 2011
Recent Works, The House of Music, Orland Park, IL, 2011
Lost Schools, Good Question Gallery, Milford, PA, 2010
Photographs and Paintings, Noir Art Emporium, Jacksonville, IL, 2007

selected group shows

Center Forward, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA, 2013
Photography Now 2013, Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY, 2013
12th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant: Photography Exhibition, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
2012 IPA Best of Show Exhibition, Smashbox Studios, Culver City, CA







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