MSU art alumnus in Vermont exhibition

November 19th, 2013 Comments Off on MSU art alumnus in Vermont exhibition

"Eric and Teresa, Martin Luther
King Blvd." | Whitten Sabbatini

“Eric and Teresa, Martin Luther
King Blvd.” | Whitten Sabbatini

Whitten Sabbatini, a 2012 Department of Art graduate, recently had work selected for “Figures/Contexts,” an international exhibition at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vt. The exhibition opens on Jan. 7 and closes on Jan 31, 2014.

Cig Harvey, juror, sought photographs that present one or more individuals in a setting that enlarges our understanding of the subject. She selected one of Sabbatini’s recent images titled “Eric and Teresa, Martin Luther
King Blvd.”

“This photograph is from my current body of work that I’m working on in Memphis, Tenn.” said Sabbatini. “Essentially, it’s a continuation of the kind of work I was making when I was in school photographing strangers. Instead of just creating a portfolio entirely of portraits like my previous work, though, I’m beginning to incorporate the landscape and still lifes more in order to aid in the development of the narrative.”

Sabbatini’s current and on-going series can be viewed here:

“There is no doubt that Whitten has a bright future in photography,” said Professor of Art Marita Gootee, who is the Photography Area Coordinator. “Do you know the quote, ‘The student surpasses the teacher’? Well, I feel Whitten is well on his way, and I am so proud of him,” she smiled.

“I am glad to see Whitten’s drive and enthusiasm for photography has not subsided since graduating from the Department of Art last spring,” said Assistant Professor of Art, Dominic Lippillo. “I know he is going to go on to do great things in the photo world because he is determined, talented and genuinely interested in who and what he is photographing. I always look forward to seeing what he is going to photograph next.”

For more information about the exhibit, contact the PhotoPlace Gallery at

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