Renowned digital artist Diane Fenster coming to campus

digital artInternationally exhibited digital photographer and photo illustrator Diane Fenster will visit SUNY Oswego as an artist in residence in early October.

Fenster will appear at an artist’s reception at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the graphic design hallway of Lanigan Hall, where her work will be on display throughout October. She will lecture on her art at 5:20 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in Room 105 of Lanigan Hall.

These events and the exhibit are free, open to the public and part of SUNY Oswego’s Arts and Technology programming initiative.

Fenster produces work that has been called an important voice in the development of a true digital aesthetic. She views herself as an alchemist brewing a combination of myth, spirit, science and technology using digital tools to delve into fundamental human issues.

Blending photography and scanned imagery, her work is literary and emotional, full of symbolism and multiple layers of meaning. Fenster’s well-known photo-illustration style is an outgrowth of the explorations she has taken with her personal work, including commissions ranging from editorial to advertising to Web.

Artweek and Wired magazines have published her digital art and photography. Fenster was also the first artist inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, an award sponsored by Adobe and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

Through a combination of technology and photography, Fenster strives to create artwork that is both engaging and disturbing. “My experiments with photography opened a surprising new realm of meaning for my work, as I was able to find my own voice and create personal landscapes from images that persistently impelled me to photograph them,” Fenster said.

Examples include her “Ghost Stories” exhibition, boasting images of those who appear haunted or haunting, and the “Your Dreams & Omens Revealed” exhibition, where Polaroid image transfers are printed onto fabric to produce dreamlike imagery.

“What is truly inspiring about all this is that our relationship with her began by a student, Rosemary Bannon, seeking her out via the Internet as part of research she was doing on artists at the forefront of the digital revolution in photography and illustration,” said Professor Cynthia Clabough, who coordinates the college’s graphic design program.

During her residency at SUNY Oswego, Fenster also will discuss her work in some of the college’s graphic design classes.

To see some of Fenster’s images or to learn more about the artist, visit

For more information about her appearance at SUNY Oswego, call 312-5624.

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[Image by Diane Fenster. Used by permission.]

(Posted: Sep 20, 2006)