Kouba Exhibit to Open at Tall Grass

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The Glass Table was photographed in Union Pier, Michigan. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Shouts and Whispers: a lifetime in photography retrospective exhibition by Donald W Kouba will open in the Tall Grass Gallery on May 20 with an opening reception from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The exhibit will run through July 17.

Kouba’s Background

Kouba earned a BFA in Photography from Columbia College and a MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He also studied photography at Governors State University. Since 1978, he has taught photography at Prairie State College, first as an instructor then as Coordinator of the program since 1984.

He has had a large number of one-man exhibits at Prairie State College, South Suburban College, Governors State University, Elgin Community College and the Silver Cloud Gallery in Chicago. He has participated in group exhibits at Governors State, Prairie State, the Village Artists Gallery in Flossmoor and was commissioned to participate in an exhibit at the Soho Gallery in New York City.

Kouba’s work is included in the permanent collections at Governors State University, the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL, the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago, Prairie State College, the Woods-Gerry Gallery at the Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA and in numerous private collections in the US and the Netherlands.

Kouba’s Artist Statement

Kouba says about his work “This exhibit is comprised of photographs derived from a variety of themed series or visual movements. Each of these aesthetic concentrations represents a chapter of investigation and discovery over my long career. The diverse approach of the work required a title that would feasibly connect all the elements into a cohesive retrospective.

A shout is a public proclamation, an emphatic call to a mass audience, a bold outburst of emotion, commanding attention. It calls out, look here!

A whisper, on the other hand, is intended as an intimate, private communication between two friends. It delivers its message in a close up, quiet, somewhat secretive manner.”

The gallery is open to the public free of charge, Tuesday through Saturday, 11 – 4. For more information, see the Tall Grass website at www.tallgrassarts.org, check out the Tall Grass Facebook page or call (708) 748-3377.

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A church in San Antonio, Texas. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)