CLINTON — Kirkland Art Center, 9 1/2 E. Park Row, is featuring a photography exhibition for Eric Kunsman now through July 26.
Kunsman, 44, was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pa. While in high school, he was heavily influenced by the death of the steel industry and its place in American history. The exposure to the work of Walker Evans during this time hooked Kunsman onto photography.
He had the privilege to study under Lou Draper, who became his most formative mentor. Kunsman credits Draper with influencing his approach as an educator, photographer, and contributing human being.
Currently, he is a photographer and book artist based out of Rochester. Kunsman works at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) as a lecturer for the Visual Communications Studies Department at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and is an adjunct professor for the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences.
In addition to lectures, he provides workshops on topics including his artistic practice, digital printing, and digital workflow processes. He also provides industry seminars for the highly regarded Printing Applications Lab at RIT. His photographs and books are exhibited internationally and are in several collections.
He currently owns Booksmart Studio, which is a fine art digital printing studio, specializing in numerous techniques and services for photographers and book artists on a collaborative basis.
Kunsman holds a master’s of fine arts degree in Book Arts/Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and holds a master’s degree in Electronic Publishing/Graphic Arts Media, bachelor’s of science degree in Biomedical Photography, and bachelor’s of fine arts degree in Fine Art photography all from the Rochester Institute of Technology.