Whitewater photographer Mark L. McPhail is the featured artist in the display case sponsored by The Walworth County Arts Council at the Government Center on the square in Elkhorn. The artist has titled his exhibit “Snapshots”.
Mark was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he became interested in photography as a teenager. As an undergraduate he studied photography at Emerson College, in Boston, Massachusetts, where two of his photographs were published in the Emerson Review. During graduate school he worked part time as a photojournalist for the Campus Connection in Amherst, Massachusetts, and later as a photographer and editorial consultant for Digital Equipment Corporation. His photography has been featured in the academic journal Critical Studies in Mass Communication, and his work has been exhibited at the Mac Worthington Gallery in Columbus, Ohio; the Blue Heron Gallery in Liberty, Indiana: in Dallas Texas at the Cerulean Gallery, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary Gallery, Café Izmir, and the African American Museum: and in Whitewater, Wisconsin, at the Crossman Gallery, the Sweet Spot, the Wisconsin Arts Alliance Cultural Arts Center, First Citizen’s Bank, the Whitewater University Innovation Center, and Roberta’s Gallery.
The images presented in the Elkhorn Display Case are selections from four different collections of his work. The large image at the top of the display case, titled “Feeling-Thought,” was first featured in my inaugural exhibition at the Cerulean Gallery in Dallas, Texas. The image at the bottom left, titled “Omowale,” was exhibited at the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas, and at the Crossman Gallery in Whitewater, Wisconsin. The image at the bottom center is part of the “Prints on Prince” exhibit recently held at the Crossman Gallery, and the image at the bottom right is from an exhibit recently under development that explores the artistic qualities of clouds called “Both Sides Now”.
It is not necessary to be a member of the Arts Council to have art work presented in the display case. Walworth County artists interested in having their work presented, contact Arts Council volunteers Al Gruling at 262-642-5281 or Dale Hagan at 414-837-4363.