Student Work

My teaching philosophy is focused on providing students the tools to learn how to learn—so that once they earn their degrees, they enter the world as engaged, independent, self-directed artists, scholars and citizens. My commitment to expand the discourse on contemporary photography motivates my approach to teaching as much as it activates my artistic practice. This translates into my classroom in the way I create space for critical conversations about art and society and provide students opportunities for experiential learning, community engagement and interdisciplinary approaches to art. I encourage students to discover, question and create while providing them with the tools to learn on their own, not simply to absorb and repeat information. In so doing, I hope to I inspire the next generation of artists and leaders.

The following are samples of work from my current and past students.

Patrick Torres Star Eagle, 2014 15 x 15 inches, archival inkjet print Final Project, Digital Imaging for Photography, CCAD, Fall 2014

Patrick Torres
Star Eagle, 2014
15 x 15 inches, archival inkjet print
Final Project, Digital Imaging for Photography, CCAD, Fall 2014

Abby Weaver Bobbie, 2014 excerpt from Adamsville 24 x 16 inches, archival inkjet print Image/Text Project, Digital Imaging for Photography, CCAD, Fall 2014

Abby Weaver
Bobbie, 2014
excerpt from Adamsville
24 x 16 inches, archival inkjet print
Image/Text Project, Digital Imaging for Photography, CCAD, Fall 2014

Dylan Kasson No. 7, 2011 14 x 17.5 inches, archival inkjet print Final Project, Art & Technology, CCAD, Fall 2011

Dylan Kasson
No. 7, 2011
14 x 17.5 inches, archival inkjet print
Final Project, Art & Technology, CCAD, Fall 2011

Lauren Garms Everything is terrible, everything is great, 2013 16 x 24 inches, archival inkjet print Documentary Project, Photography II, CCAD, Fall 2013

Lauren Garms
Everything is terrible, everything is great, 2013
16 x 24 inches, archival inkjet print
Documentary Project, Photography II, CCAD, Fall 2013

Tom Hoying Birthday Dinner, 2013 20 x 20 inches, archival inkjet print BFA Honors Project, Independent Study, CCAD, Fall 2013

Tom Hoying
Birthday Dinner, 2012
20 x 20 inches, archival inkjet print
BFA Honors Project, Independent Study, CCAD, Spring 2012

Caroll Kern On Trend: made in China, No. 3, 2014 11 x 14 in, inkjet print on fabric Print on Demand Book Project, Digital Imaging for Photography, CCAD, Spring 2014

Caroll Kern
On Trend: made in China, No. 3, 2014
11 x 14 inches, inkjet print on fabric
Photo Collage Project, Digital Imaging for Photography, CCAD, Spring 2014

Nick Boso Nick, 2013  excerpt from Grove City 20 x 20 inches, archival inkjet print Class Book + Exhibition Project, Digital Imaging for Photography, CCAD, Fall 2013

Nick Boso
Nick, 2013
excerpt from Grove City
20 x 20 inches, archival inkjet print
Class Book + Exhibition Project, Digital Imaging for Photography, CCAD, Fall 2013

Danielle Williams Epiphanists No. 4, 2013 10 x 17 inches, archival inkjet print Final Project, Photography II, CCAD, Fall 2013

Danielle Williams
Epiphanists No. 4, 2013
10 x 17 inches, archival inkjet print
Final Project, Photography II, CCAD, Fall 2013

Lucas Himes Cake, 2014 10 x 10 archival inkjet print Staged Project, Basic Photography, CCAD, Fall 2014

Lucas Himes
Cake, 2014
10 x 10 archival inkjet print
Staged Project, Basic Photography, CCAD, Fall 2014

Derick Whitson Lifeguard, 2012 16 x 20 inches, archival inkjet print Independent Study, CCAD, Fall 2012

Derick Whitson
Lifeguard, 2012
16 x 20 inches, archival inkjet print
Independent Study, CCAD, Fall 2012

Nick Weiss Untitled, 2014 excerpt from Without Reason 24 x 30 inches, archival inkjet print Independent Study, CCAD, Fall 2014

Nick Weiss
Washington Mall Cinemas #2, Washington, PA, 2014
excerpt from Without Reason
24 x 30 inches, archival inkjet print
Independent Study, CCAD, Fall 2014

Emily Coughlin Big Bang Theory No. 01, 2013 16 x 16 inches, archival inkjet print Photo Collage Project, Digital Imaging for Photography, CCAD, Spring 2013

Emily Coughlin
Big Bang Theory No. 01, 2013
16 x 16 inches, archival inkjet print
Photo Collage Project, Digital Imaging for Photography, CCAD, Spring 2013

Chelsea Hafer Douglas, 2014  excerpt from For Lease  16 x 20 inches, archival inkjet print  Print on Demand Book Project, Digital Imaging for Photography, CCAD, Spring 2014

Chelsea Hafer
Douglas, 2014
excerpt from For Lease
16 x 20 inches, archival inkjet print
Print on Demand Book Project, Digital Imaging for Photography, CCAD, Spring 2014

Annie Burley Growth and Majesty No.1, 2014 13 x 19 inches, archival inkjet print Final Project, Basic Photography, CCAD, Fall 2014

Annie Burley
Growth and Majesty No.1, 2014
13 x 19 inches, archival inkjet print
Final Project, Basic Photography, CCAD, Fall 2014

Kyle Bergamo Untitled, 2014 8 x 12 inches, archival inkjet print Final Project, Basic Photography, CCAD, Spring 2014

Kyle Bergamo
Untitled, 2014
8 x 12 inches, archival inkjet print
Final Project, Basic Photography, CCAD, Spring 2014

Shadow Woolf Perry at the window, 2014 excerpt from Perry Pandler 10.5 x 16 archival inkjet print Final Project, Basic Photography, CCAD, Fall 2014

Shadow Woolf
Perry at the window, 2014
excerpt from Perry Pandler
10.5 x 16 archival inkjet print
Final Project, Basic Photography, CCAD, Fall 2014

Greg Ponchak Home #2, 2011 excerpt from the book Ritual 13 x 19 inches, archival inkjet print Handmade Book Project, Art & Technology, CCAD, Fall 2011

Greg Ponchak
Home #2, 2011
excerpt from the book Ritual
13 x 19 inches, archival inkjet print
Handmade Book Project, Art & Technology, CCAD, Fall 2011

Keri Winter The Cosmic Burst of Creativity, 2013 10 x 14.5 inches, archival inkjet print and thread Photo Collage Project, Digital Imaging for Photography, CCAD, Spring 2013

Keri Winter
The Cosmic Burst of Creativity, 2013
10 x 14.5 inches, archival inkjet print and thread
Photo Collage Project, Digital Imaging for Photography, CCAD, Spring 2013

What Lives, 2013
Produced by Olivia K. James with additional Footage by Karl Allsop
2 minute HD video documenting the exhibition of undergraduate photography student work
Class Exhibition and Catalog Project, CCAD, Digital Imaging for Photography, Fall 2013

Allison Ezzo In the Stillness of Remembering No. 3, 2013  30 x 30 inches, archival inkjet print Class Book + Exhibition Project, Digital Imaging for Photography, CCAD, Spring 2013

Allison Ezzo
In the Stillness of Remembering No. 3, 2013
30 x 30 inches, archival inkjet print
Class Book + Exhibition Project, Digital Imaging for Photography, CCAD, Spring 2013

Olivia James Lauren Foster, 2012 excerpt from Queer America 11 x 16 inches, archival inkjet print Image/Text Project, Digital Imaging for Photography, CCAD, Fall 2012

Olivia James
Lauren Foster, 2012
excerpt from Queer America
11 x 16 inches, archival inkjet print
Image/Text Project, Digital Imaging for Photography, CCAD, Fall 2012

Anastasia Samoylova Improper Disposal, 2011 excerpt from 5000 Head 60 x 40 inches, archival inkjet print mounted to Dibond Bradley University, MFA in Photography, Spring 2011

Anastasia Samoylova
Improper Disposal, 2011
excerpt from 5000 Head
60 x 40 inches, archival inkjet print mounted to Dibond
Bradley University, MFA in Photography, Spring 2011

David Matson Sun Up to Sun Down, December 2009 excerpt from Pinhole Sun 16 x 20 inches, archival inkjet print Final Project, SAIC, Multi-level Studio, Fall 2009

David Matson
Sun Up to Sun Down, December 2009
excerpt from Pinhole Sun
16 x 20 inches, archival inkjet print
Final Project, SAIC, Multi-level Studio, Fall 2009

Tianxin Chen Birthday, 2009 excerpt from Center of the Universe 20 x 16 inches, archival inkjet print Midterm Project from SAIC, Multi-level Studio, Fall 2009

Tianxin Chen
Birthday, 2009
excerpt from Center of the Universe
20 x 16 inches, archival inkjet print
Midterm Project from SAIC, Multi-level Studio, Fall 2009

Casey McGonagle MJ, 2008 excerpt from This Land 40 x 30 inches, archival inkjet print Final Project, SAIC, Digital Imaging for Photography, Fall 2008

Casey McGonagle
MJ, 2008
excerpt from This Land
40 x 30 inches, archival inkjet print
Final Project, SAIC, Digital Imaging for Photography, Fall 2008

Shannon Benine