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All Requisite Parts a MFA Thesis Exhibition by Stephanie Shively

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 8:30am to Friday, April 22, 2016 - 4:30pm

Exhibition Reception: Friday April 22nd, 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

All Requisite Parts
is a documentation, reflection and investigation of my experience as a woman trying to “have it all.” Within this body of work, I confront my inner conflict in regards to female identity, the idealization of motherhood, and the notion of fulfillment. Through photographs, sound and sculpture, I create an immersive experience that communicates my struggle to balance and manage the roles and expectations as a mother, army wife, and artist. 

Stephanie Shively, a native New Yorker, earned her BFA in Photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Shively’s work is fueled by her personal experiences and innermost fears, which she transforms into a universal visual language through a variety of mediums including book arts, photography, and installation. Shively is passionate about pushing the boundaries of photography and utilizing art as a mechanism for social change. She has taught photography at the Santa Fe Boys & Girls Club in New Mexico, the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, Washington, and the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. She currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband and son, where she is working towards her MFA in Studio Art at the University of South Carolina.