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Wanda Pearcy

Professional title

Assistant Professor, Photography

Bio

http://www.d.umn.edu/~wpearcy/

Wanda J Pearcy is multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota.  In 1993 she received her B.F.A. at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where she studied painting and dance.  1993-1994 she continued her Modern Dance studies at the Blue Water Dance Institute in Duluth.  She studied sculpture, painting and installation art at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, earning an M.F.A. in 1997.  She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions from local to international.  She currently teaches alternative process photography in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota in Duluth. In 2005 she was a recipient of an Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Fellowship.

Pearcy’s work focuses on her relationship with the environment.  She uses her artistic practice to initiate and sustain a transformative process, moving her towards a sustainable lifestyle living intimately with the land.  She is interested in the poetics of image making and works toward developing art-making processes that encourage the psyche to emerge. Since 2009 she has been working outside exploring intersections between the environment, her self and art; using the camera as a tool to transform and integrate the three.