Kelli Shea Couch

Kelli Shea Couch is a current MFA Candidate in Photography at Georgia State University. She received her BFA in Photographic Design from the University of West Georgia. Couch’s work has been featured in the Atlanta Photography Group’s Student Prize Show. She participated in “Continuum” at the Lamar Dodd Art Center in Athens, GA and “Creature of What You Are” at Day and Night Studios in Atlanta. Her work was included in “Tough Times” at Soup Experimental in Tallahassee, Florida. She is the recipient of The Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship in 2015, the Welch Photography Award for Graduate Summer research and the Chandler Award at Georgia State University in 2017.

Katherine Cunningham

Katherine Cunningham is a lens-based artist, writer, and educator.

Katherine received a BFA in photography from Washington University in St. Louis, with time abroad at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She went on to obtain an MFA in photography from The University of Notre Dame, where she was awarded the Erfroymson Fund Emerging Artist Award. In 2011, she earned an MMus from the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague, the Netherlands having participated in an interdisciplinary program called ArtScience. Her curiosity about the world and passion for art making has lead to diverse experiences, from photographing girls’ schools in Cairo, Egypt to working on augmented reality with the prestigious V2_Institute for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Katherine has exhibited and published both nationally and internationally.

Coorain Devin

The air was redolent of fresh seawater and cucumber. A young deer accidently flushed a flock of birds, probably doves, and there was Coorain. Squinting and scrawny, the child was ravenous, not just for the sweet juice of the pomegranate, but for color, for life, for all the lurid details. From eastern Australia, Coorain was taken to rural North America, land of plenty, progress, and snow-laden cottages. Coorain began to flourish, but something was…off. Perhaps something was lost traveling to this new land, but Coorain was haunted by dreams. Dreams in colors and patterns so lush, so incredible they can’t be imagined. Dreams that were both heartbreaking and lovely. Dreams that muddled the beautiful plastic plenty that Coorain was surrounded by with something more, with something Coorain needed to build, to create. Coorain was an artist.

Ben Bowden Lee

Ben Bowden (B-ow-den) Lee is an Atlanta based artist working primarily with Photography, but his work explores a wide range of media including text, installation, found imagery and found objects. Ben earned his BFA in Studio Art from Columbus State University in 2013 and his MFA in Photography from Georgia State University in 2017. Before graduating from GSU he was one of two finalists to earn the 2017 APG Student Prize, alongside fellow CSU artist Peyton Fulford. His work has been exhibited in numerous local Atlanta galleries such as Mint Gallery, Doppler Projects, Atlanta Photography Group, and Day & Night Projects, as well as nationally in places like Colorado Photographic Arts Center in Denver and Aqua Art Miami. His work has also been included in Atlanta Celebrates Photography’s Inspired Georgia publication in 2016, and work has been seen in online publications such as Burnaway and Aint-Bad Magazine.
After returning home as the artist-in-residence at the Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, NC, Ben began teaching part-time for the Georgia State University Photography Department while continuing to make and exhibit work surrounding themes of tragedy, loss, and the often futile search for identity.

Program Overview

This three-year MFA program provides a critical and conceptual grounding for students as they independently pursue their studio practice across disciplines including mixed media, video, digital, installation, performance, and conventional photographic print media.

Critical theory is stressed while critique forms the basis for dialogue about ongoing work. Students are encouraged to look beyond established photographic conventions and to push their work in new directions.

The Visiting Artist Series provides an opportunity for students to receive feedback from established photographers. Previous visiting artists include Marilyn Minter, Paul Sepuya, and Daniel Shea. Guest critics and guest artists are invited to final critiques to supplement the expertise of the faculty.

Students work in a teaching assistantship to gain real world experience in a highly competitive academic career.

The first two years of the program focus on coursework including interdisciplinary seminars and electives,  art history, and studio practice. The third year allows intensive focus on thesis work that will culminate in a show at Aqua Art Miami, a satellite of the renowned Art Basel international art fair.

Jill Frank

Born in Atlanta, GA and raised in Louisville, KY; Jill received a BA in photography at Bard College, and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Solo shows include Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia. Jill moved to Atlanta in 2011 for a teaching position at Georgia State University where she is currently an Assistant Professor in the Welch School of Art and Design.  She has continually shown in group exhibitions around the country, including recently: Teen Paranormal Romance curated by Hamza Walker. Her work has been on the cover of Art Papers magazine and reviews of her work have appeared in Art Forum, Art in America, Bad at Sports and The Paris Review.

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Constance Thalken

Constance Thalken’s photographs have been featured in over 100 exhibitions in galleries and museums in the U.S., Mexico, France, Greece and Brazil. Venues include the San Diego Art Institute (CA), New Orleans Museum of Art (LA), The Light Factory (NC), Municipal Cultural Center of Ioannia (Greece), Huntsville Museum of Art (AL), Harn Museum of Art (FL), Foundation Charles-Leopold Mayer (France), The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (GA), Photographic Center Northwest (WA), Birmingham Museum of Art, (AL), Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (CA), Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, and the Torpedo Factory (VA). Her work is in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Birmingham Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, The Bunnen Collection, Yale University Library, and other private collections. She received an MFA in Photography from Yale University and lives in Atlanta where she is represented by Whitespace Gallery.