Photographer zooms in to capture presence, balance

January 19, 2016 | Events, UToday, — Communication and the Arts
By Angela Riddel

Photographer Daniel McInnis will visit the Center for the Visual Arts Clement Gallery on UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus for the opening of his exhibit Thursday, Jan. 21, from 5 to 9 p.m.

That evening, the Center for the Visual Arts will be included as a stop on the bus route for the Arts Commission’s 3rd Thursday Loop.

"Heidi and Lily, Ohio, 2014" by Daniel McInnis

“Heidi and Lily, Ohio, 2014” by Daniel McInnis

McInnis will talk with art students and visitors about his photographs, which go on display Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Currently living in Perrysburg, McInnis is originally from upstate New York. He received a bachelor of fine arts degree in film, photography and the visual arts at Ithaca College. He has a master of fine arts degree in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design.

He has taught both photographic practice and history at Ithaca College, the American University of Dubai, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Wittenberg University.

His work titled “Heidi and Lily, Ohio, 2014” was selected as a finalist and made the short list for the prestigious 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. This same work was chosen for third prize in The Photo Review 2015 competition.

“Heidi and Lily, Ohio, 2014” is from a portfolio called “Presence.”

“This portfolio documents the tension and tradition between full-body portraiture and my subjects’ indigenous spaces,” McInnis said. “I use the term ‘indigenous’ loosely as most of the subjects are photographed in their own neighborhoods, while a few are in spaces that have symbolic meaning to them alone.”

He added, “These images are an attempt at intimacy, a celebration of variation, an exploration of choice — locality, clothing — and a careful consideration of personal detail.”

The free, public exhibition will be on display through Saturday, Feb. 20. The Center for the Visual Arts Clement Gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

See more of McInnis’ work at

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