Cara Wade

Associate Professor of Studio Art and Photography; Graduate Studies Program Director

Email: cwade@sf.edu
Phone: 260.399.7700, ext. 8016

Sunlight, mysterious chemistry, precious metals…murmur a few hopeful words, wield the camera like a magic wand, and on a good day, you can conjure up proof of a dream. I believe in wonder. I look for it everyday.
-Keith Carter, 1998

I first read these words during my own Introduction to Photography course. They aptly described the effect that image making was having on me; the sense of wonder I felt in seeing my image appear, before my eyes, on the paper. Magic. I feel that it is so important, as a teacher of photography, whether it is in the darkroom or digitally on a monitor, that I not forget that first feeling of amazement and instill in my students that incredible sense of awe that photography evokes.

Education

  • Master of Fine Arts in Photography – Savannah College of Art and Design, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts in English – Armstrong Atlantic State University, 1996
  • Associate of Applied Science in Education – Georgia Military College, 1992

Areas of specialization include traditional, alternative and digital photography and Victorian literature.

Minors in Music and Film Theory.

Subject Areas Taught

Undergraduate

  • Photography
  • Advanced Photography
  • Digital Imaging
  • Photographic Lighting
  • Topics in Art History – History of Photography
  • Alternative Processes in Photography

Graduate

  • Photography
  • Advanced Photography
  • Digital Imaging
  • Photographic Lighting
  • Alternative Processes in Photography
  • Electronic/Traditional Photographic Imaging

Awards and Recognitions

Awards

  • Fourth Quarter 2011 Photography Contest Runner-Up – Forward Thinking Museum, Online, Juried; 2012
  • Artlink Visual Arts (AVA) Award for Photography – Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery; 2011
    Fort Wayne, Ind.

Artist in Residence/Grants

  • Artist Residency Program – Lillian B. Smith Center for Creative Arts; 2007
    Clayton, Ga.
  • Journeypeople Residency Program – Elsewhere Organization; 2006
    Greensboro, N.C.
  • CAES Center for Artistic and Cultural Development Grant

Professional Memberships

  • Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Center for Fine Art Photography
  • Center for Photography at Woodstock
  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art
  • Mother Lode Art Association
  • National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP)
  • Savannah College of Art and Design Alumni Career Network
  • Society for Photographic Education (SPE)
  • Texas Photographic Society

Selected Exhibition Record

Solo/Small Group Exhibition Record (solo shows marked with an asterisk)

  • * “Insidious Charms” (invited) – Gallery G, Manchester University; 2013
    North Manchester, Ind.
  • * “Through the Glass Nightly” (invited) – Wunderkammer Gallery; 2013
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • * “Through the Glass Nightly” (invited) – Manchester University; 2013
    North Manchester, Ind.
  • “Plastic Fantastic Toy Camera Extravaganza,” curator and participant – Feature Gallery, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery; 2013
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • * “Through the Glass Nightly” (invited) – Fort Wayne Museum of Art; 2010, catalog
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • “The Alphabet Show” (invited) – SOMA Gallery; 2008
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • “Phantasmagoria & Other Miscellaneous Artifacts” (invited) – 2008
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • “Elements of Photography” (invited) – John Jellico Gallery, Art Institute of Colorado; 2008
    Denver, Colo.

Selected Group Exhibition Record

  • “Another Way of Seeing” – Juried, New Orleans Photo Alliance; 2013
    New Orleans, La.
  • “Piecemeal” (invited) – Wunderkammer Gallery; 2013
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • “Methods (Alternative)” – Juried, The Kiernan Gallery; 2013, catalog
    Lexington, Va.
  • Fort Wayne 1×1: A Community Art Project (invited) – Wunderkammer Gallery; 2012
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • 9th Regional Exhibition – Juried, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery; 2012
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • “iPhoneography” – Juried, Rebekah Jacobs Gallery; 2012
    Charleston, S.C.
  • Members’ Exhibition (open) – Fort Wayne Museum of Art; 2011
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • “FemInUs: A Mother Lode Exhibtion” (invited) – Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery; 2011
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Juried Art Show – Purchase Award, The Kinsey Institute Gallery (now known as Grunwald Gallery of Art); 2011
    Bloomington, Ind.
  • Alternative Process Competition – Juried, Soho Photo Gallery; 2010
    New York, N.Y.
  • Three Rivers Invitational (invited) – John P. Weatherhead Gallery; 2010
    University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • “Pixels to Plates,” featured artist (invited) – Northwest Center for Photography; 2010
    Portland, Ore.
  • “Lots of Little Art” – Juried, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery; 2009
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • “The Travel Show” – Juried, Altered Esthetics; 2009
    Minneapolis, Minn.
  • “The Struggle Within” – Juried, Altered Esthetics; 2009
    Minneapolis, Minn.
  • “Big Ideas in Small Packages: A Motherlode Exhibition” – Juried, Jeffrey Krull Gallery, Allen County Public Library; 2009
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • “A Million Little Pictures” – Art House Gallery; 2009
    Atlanta, Ga.
  • “Being Gay: A Visual Dialogue Between Straight and GLBT Artists” – Juried, Second City Council Art Gallery; 2009
    Long Beach, Calif.
  • “International Pixels to Plates” – Juried, Northwest Center for Photography; 2008
    Portland, Ore.
  • “Snap to Grid” (open) – Los Angeles Center for Digital Art; 2008
    Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 7th Regional Exhibition – Juried, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery; 2008
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • “Photo Midwest: A Seven State Photography Competition” – Juried, Porter Butts Gallery; 2008
    University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.

Permanent Collections

  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art – Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction – Bloomington, Ind.
  • Savannah College of Art and Design – Savannah, Ga.
  • Wisconsin Union Galleries, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wis.

Selected Publications

Books

  • Hirsch, R. (2012). Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, 2nd ed. (pp. 14f). Waltham, MA: Focal Press.
  • Faris Belt, A. (2011). The Elements of Photography, 2nd ed. (pp.250-251). Waltham, MA: Focal Press.
  • Faris Belt, A. (2008). The Elements of Photography, 1st ed. (pp. 296-299). Waltham, MA: Focal Press.

Magazines

  • On the Wall – American Photo, pp. 30; July/August 2010.
  • Group Show – F-Stop, issue 39; February 2010
  • Art Calendar, vol. 23(7), pp. 6; July/August 2009.

Selected Presentations

  • Workshop: Conceptual Contemporary Photography – Walter Payton College Preparatory High School; 2012
    Chicago, Ill.
  • Workshop: Digital Photos 101 – Take Better Pictures – Staff Development Day, University of Saint Francis; 2012
  • Lecture: Digital Photography 101 – Indiana Association of Administrative Professionals (IIAP); 2011
  • Workshop: Photoshop CS4 – Artlink and Fort Wayne Museum of Art Summer Workshop Series; 2010
  • Workshop: Digital Photography and Design – CAP Grant, The Outdoor Gallery: I am Art; 2010
  • Workshop: Cyanotype and Vandyke Brown Printing – Artlink and Fort Wayne Museum of Art Summer Workshop Series; 2009
  • Workshop: Digital Photography and Design – CAP Grant, The Outdoor Gallery: Images of Our City; 2009
  • Lecture: Understanding Photography in the Digital Age – Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery; 2008
  • Workshop: Digital Photos 101 – Take Better Pictures – Alumni Workshop Series, University of Saint Francis; 2008
  • Workshop: Photoshop CS3 – Artlink and Fort Wayne Museum of Art Summer Workshop Series; 2008
  • Workshop: Digital Photography and Design – CAP Grant, The Outdoor Gallery: Images of Our City; 2008

Community Service

Visiting Artist Lectures/Workshops/Juried/Judged

  • Fort Wayne Camera Club: Year End Photography Contest; 2012
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Scholastics Regional High School Art Competition and Exhibition, Fort Wayne Museum of Art; 2012
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Fort Wayne Camera Club: Print Contest; 2011
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Reader, The College Boards; 2011
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • New Haven United Methodist Church presents: Photos of Faith Photography; 2011
  • Competition; 2011
    New Haven, Ind.
  • Photography Exhibition, Honeywell Center for the Arts; 2010
    Wabash, Ind.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Reader, The College Boards; 2010
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Fort Wayne Camera Club: Year End Photography Contest; 2010
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Scholastics Regional High School Art Competition and Exhibition, Fort Wayne Museum of Art; 2010
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • New Haven United Methodist Church presents: Photos of Faith Photography Competition; 2008
    New Haven, Ind.
  • Village at Winona Lake Art Fair; 2008
    Winona Lake, Ind.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Reader, The College Boards; 2008
    Louisville, Ky.
  • Scholastics Regional High School Art Competition and Exhibition, Fort Wayne Museum of Art; 2008
    Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America Fine Arts Show; 2008
    Fort Wayne, Ind.

Curriculum Vitae

View Cara Lee Wade’s curriculum vitae.