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Alumna Claudia Smigrod '71 photography exhibition opens at American University

An exhibition of photography by Alfred University alumna Claudia Smigrod ’71 opens Saturday, Jan. 29, at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C. The exhibition, titled “Paper Light”, is presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington and will be on view through May 22, 2022.


WASHINGTON, D.C.--An exhibition of photography by Alfred University alumna Claudia Smigrod ’71 opens Saturday, Jan. 29, at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C. The exhibition, titled “Paper Light”, is presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington and will be on view through May 22, 2022.

Smigrod earned a B.F.A. in ceramic art from Alfred University. She and exhibition curator Wendy A. Grossman will present a virtual artist talk on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. Click here to register.

With her inventive darkroom experiments, Smigrod takes the cameraless photogram into new realms that defy easy categorization. Organic forms from nature and inorganic manmade objects are magically transformed into abstract, incandescent, and deceptively complex images that are visually mesmerizing and conceptually compelling. The exhibition brings together several serial projects in which the artist has been immersed over the past decade: Paper Light, Under Study, Paper Patterns, Time and Space, Conversations, Opacity/Translucency, Proof Print and Every Thing.