Now at the GettyGAMBIER, Ohio (December 15, 2006) The evocative photography of Gregory Spaid, Class of 1968, Kenyon's provost and a professor of art, is now on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. One of Spaid's photographs is part of the exhibit "Where We Were: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection," which runs through February 25. The exhibit contains the work of twenty-four photographers collected by Los Angeles film producer Bruce Berman.
The Getty Museum describes Spaid's work as "featuring the enduring beauty of rural America through his images of Ohio." Photos such as "Pealer's Barn, Summer, Amity, Ohio, 2000," (shown here) explore the American Midwestern landscape, especially its disappearing farming population.
A noted photographer and digital imagist, Spaid has been a member of the College's art faculty since 1979. He graduated from Kenyon with high honors and went on to earn a master of fine arts degree from Indiana University, where he worked with renowned photographer Henry Holmes Smith.
Spaid has also taught in summer programs at Kenyon; in Sante Fe, New Mexico; in Bozeman, Montana; and at the Nantucket Island School of Design and Art. In 1987, he won a Fulbright Research Fellowship to conduct a photographic project in Italy. In 2002, Spaid published his third book, the photographic essay On Nantucket, with an introduction by architecture critic and College trustee Paul Goldberger.