Gregory Spaid joined Kenyon's faculty in 1979 after receiving his MFA degree from Indiana University and teaching at Berea College. Spaid has recently returned to teaching full-time after serving for nine years in the academic administration, including six years as Kenyon's provost. He teaches courses in photography, color and design, and advanced studio work.

Spaid's artwork is in many significant collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the International Museum of Photography, and the J. Paul Getty Museum where he was recently included in the exhibition "Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection." Spaid's photography books include Grace: Photographs of Rural America and On Nantucket.  

Areas of Expertise

Photography, mixed media, drawing, art education.


1976 — Master of Fine Arts from Indiana Univ Bloomington

1969 — Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College

Courses Recently Taught

This course is an introduction to the fundamental technical and aesthetic issues of black-and-white photography with emphasis on using the medium for personal expression. Students will work through a series of problems designed to increase understanding of basic camera operation, black-and-white darkroom techniques, and art-making strategies. Regular critiques are scheduled to increase understanding of communicating with an audience and sharpen the ability to analyze and discuss works of art. No prior photographic experience is needed, but a reliable manual film camera is required. This counts toward the introductory requirement for the major and minor. No prerequisite. Offered every semester.

This class will extend the student's experience beyond the fundamentals of black-and-white darkroom photography, with projects in large-format photography and artificial lighting. Readings, lectures and critiques will expose students to significant issues in the history and current practice of photography. This counts toward the intermediate requirement for the major and minor. Prerequisite: ARTS 106. Offered every other year.