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Wake Forest gallery features work of photographer Gordon Schenck

October 9, 2008

Wake Forest University’s Charlotte & Philip Hanes Art Gallery will feature the photographs of internationally renowned photographer Gordon Schenck beginning Oct. 23.  The exhibition, “By Assignment and By the Way: Gordon Schenck Photographs Architecture 1963-2008” will run through Dec. 12

An opening reception, co-sponsored by the Winston Salem chapter of the American Institute of Architects, will be held from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Oct. 23.  At the reception, Schenck’s wife, Rebecca, and Margaret Supplee Smith, professor of art at Wake Forest, will discuss some of Schenck’s work.

Schenck has photographed architecture across the United States and throughout the world.  He is known for his sensitivity to lighting and incorporating dramatic perspectives and vantage points in his compositions.  The exhibit will feature more than 60 photographs and related documentary material, including photographs of modern buildings as well as rural buildings he discovered while en route to assignments. 

His work has appeared in numerous architectural journals, including Progressive Architecture and The Journal of Architecture, and magazines such as Architectural Record, Builder, Better Homes and Gardens, House Beautiful and Southern Living.  It has also been exhibited in many universities and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art and the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Schenck was born in Greensboro.  He studied architecture and engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and earned a degree in engineering. After graduation, he worked for Southern Railway in the engineering department for 13 years.  He started his architectural photography business in 1963.  In 1984, he earned a Photographic Craftsman degree from the Professional Photographers of America, in whose Chicago-based school he taught summer courses in architectural photography. 

The exhibit is curated by Paul Bright, assistant director of the Hanes Gallery, and Margaret Supplee Smith, professor of art history at Wake Forest.

Admission to the gallery is free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  For information, call (336) 758-5585.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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