MFA photography student Ian Minich was recently invited to exhibit his photography in Edinburgh, Scotland, after applying to a competition at FOTOspace gallery last spring. Thirty of Minich’s photographs were displayed at the FOTOspace gallery from September to October 2014, and Minich was invited to speak about his work in the gallery. He was also paid to present lectures about his work and processes at Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh Napier University.
While in Edinburgh, Minich met with photography students and Colin Cavers, a professor of photography at both universities. He shared his experiences about his process and about his time as a graduate student at the LSU School of Art. He also had the opportunity to travel with students from Napier University and visit the special collections photography archive at the world-renowned St. Andrews University.
“The experience was extremely rewarding for me as a graduate student, artist, and teacher,” Minich said. “I loved the idea of sharing my process of image-making with the students and professors and enjoyed the shared experience of seeing original 19th-century photographs in the archive. It was such a pleasure and a life-changing opportunity to show my work internationally in a solo exhibition and to be shown such hospitality by everyone involved with the gallery and the universities,” he added.
Several individuals were kind enough to host Minich in their own homes, which he said he greatly appreciated. “I am also deeply grateful to the LSU School of Art and LSU Graduate School for generously funding my trip to Edinburgh,” Minich said.