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Jeff Hurwitz

jeff hurwitz Adjunct Professor, Photography
Artist-in-Residence

Courses:

Photography (Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced), Art of the Lens, Historic Photo Processes, Independent Studies and Honors Projects in Photography

Education:

M.F.A. Tyler School of Art, Temple University;
B.S. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA;
Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA;
Parson School of Design, New York, NY

Biography:

Jeff Hurwitz develops and oversees the curriculum for the Photography area and manages the facilities. His work has been exhibited extensively in venues both nationally and abroad and is found in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Allentown Art Museum as well as numerous private collections.

Selected group exhibitions include "Pennsylvania Photographers" 9 and 10, Allentown Art Museum; "Prized Impressions" and "Work from the Collection: Philadelphia Photographers," both, Philadelphia Museum of Art; "Photography: Contemporary Prospect 2001," Historic Yellow Springs; "Snapshot", Arcadia University Gallery and “Not Just another Reality Show,” Bucks County Community College. Solo exhibitions include "Jeff Hurwitz", Philadelphia University; “Jeff Hurwitz: Photographs," Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia; and "Jeff Hurwitz, New Work 1987-2001," Saint Josephs University Art Gallery, Boland Hall, Philadelphia and the biennial Faculty Exhibition at the Payne Gallery of Moravian College.

Jeff Hurwitz’s work have appeared in feature articles in such publications as Photo Review and Art Matters, and a topic of Public Radio’s “Public Access” programs, produced and broadcast from WXPN in Philadelphia. The list of published reviews of his personal and curatorial work include the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Morning Call.

He served as co-director of the Photography Sesquicentennial Project's National Conference in June 1990 and as guest curator for the Payne Gallery’s exhibitions “Alternative Visions,” “A Certain Darkness” and “Minding Kasebier”, a survey of the work of renowned artist/photographer and nineteenth-century Moravian College alumna Gertrude Kasebier. He has served as Visiting Professor and Guest Lecturer at a number of colleges and universities since he joined the Moravian College faculty.

His commissions include the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, Philadelphia, PA; the Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia, PA; the James A. Michener Museum, Doylestown, PA; the Fairmount Waterworks Interpretive Center, Philadelphia, PA; the William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia, PA; the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, Doylestown, PA; and the Princeton Historical Society, New Jersey among others.

Jeff Hurwitz received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in 2001.

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Artist Statement:

Photography is a medium that was founded at the intersection of art and science. Familiar and misunderstood, it continues to elude comfortable categorizations and precise definitions. Its reliance on clearly established principles of optics and chemistry in chance encounters with light and time form the foundation of beauty and madness that is the essential nature of this art.

Exquisite evocation of the intangible from dissonant forces of the commonplace gives form to the enigmas of time, memory and being when photography is at its best. For me, there is a sense of alchemy in photographs that reflect the elusive mysteries of what is most precious to the maker.