Eric Kunsman

Eric Kunsman

    Contact Information

    eric@erickunsman.com

    Phone: (585) 598-9322

    https://www.erickunsman.com

    Studio

    12 Walnut Street, Rochester, NY 14611

    HOTE Humans of the Earth Contemporary Art Gallery– Los Angeles, CA


    Photography

    Artist's Biography

    Eric T. Kunsman is a photographer and book artist based out of Rochester, New York. Eric is a Lecturer for the Visual Communications Studies Department in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and also teaches for the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences both of which are housed at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He was formerly an Assistant Professor at Mercer County Community College where he was also the coordinator of the photography program.

    He has taught workshops and lectured on digital printing & digital workflow processes Internationally and continues to teach seminars on a regular basis. Eric holds his MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and holds an MS in Electronic Publishing/Graphic Arts Media, BS in Biomedical Photography, BFA in Fine Art photography all from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.

    His photographs and books have been exhibited internationally and are in several prominent collections throughout the United States. He currently owns Booksmart Studio, which is a fine art digital printing studio specializing in numerous techniques and services for photographers and book artists.

    Artist's Statement

    The payphones in the Greater Rochester area were part of a felicific calculus in the regards to the decision made to leave the payphones and the locations in which they are located. Frontier Communications is not making money from these payphones and decided to maintain them for the greater good of one of the poorest cities, by the number of people under the poverty level, in the United States.

    To many individuals, these payphones serve as a social marker or social indicator and to others, they serve as a marker of crime. The perception of one area is worse than another is often drawn to a conclusion by such social markers. Often these perceptions can lead to dangerous or ignorant decisions.

    For instance, the politicians in Detroit, Michigan had all the payphones removed because they felt they were only being used for criminal reasons. These individuals in power decided to remove the payphones without conducting a study or surveying the individuals using the payphones. After all, everyone should have a mobile phone at this point so if someone is using the payphone it must be for criminal aspects. This notion of a politician with no real understanding, but making a decision that affects a different economic class by merely the perceived connotation.

    This perception that I was witnessing first-hand is what drove me to start to educate myself on what was leading these individuals to their perceived notions of a place they never visited previously. I began to look at census maps and overlay them with maps of the payphone locations. What became apparent to me was the direct correlation between the poverty level and location of the payphones. Rochester, NY is one of the poorest cities in the United States and with that many average family incomes are lower than $20,000 a year in the areas with the highest concentration of payphones. In fact, the Democrat & Chronicle ran a story about the dyeing payphones in Rochester, NY and how they are a lifeline for many individuals in these communities. The 1,014 payphones in the Rochester area are being used on average once every four days.

    Through my exhibition, I look to inform viewers of the payphone locations around the Greater Rochester, NY area. I visually correlate the payphones with census maps that indicate; economic status, ethnicity, age and sex, and the crime map. My goal is to help individuals to understand that their perceptions of particular social markers are only indicative of the lifeline’s individuals’ may need to survive. Unlike the needs of those individuals creating the opinion and using it as a basis for a lower-class environment.

    Selected Exhibitions

    For a full list of exhibitions please visit Eric's website.

    Solo
    2021
    Felicific Calculus: Technology as a Social Marker of Race, Class, & Economics in Rochester, NY
    CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY
    Gallery19, Chicago, IL

    2005 - 2020
    Thou Art... Will Give...
    Gallery 120, Clover, SC
    Rhode Island Center for Photography, Providence, RI
    Pool Art Center, Drury University, Springfield, MO
    North Central College, Naperville, IL
    Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, CA
    East Central College, Union, MO
    Flower City Arts Center, Rochester, NY
    Hoyt Museum, New Castle, PA
    Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY
    CameraWork Gallery, Scranton, PA
    Lane Community College Art Gallery, Eugene, OR
    Red Filter Gallery, New Hope, PA
    Online
    Pittsburg State University Museum of Art, Pittsburg, KS
    SRO Photo Gallery, Texas Tech University School of Art, Lubbock, TX
    College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
    Dryer Arts Center, National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIP, Rochester, NY
    Passage Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
    Joe Bean Gallery, Rochester, NY
    The George School, Newton, PA
    Booksmart Studio, Rochester, NY
    Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY
    Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
    Artworks Gallery, Trenton, NJ

    2016
    A 9/11 Project, Reflections & Memories
    Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
    Democrat and Chronicle Gallery, Rochester, NY
    Gallery R, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

    2005 - 2009
    Peripheral Visions
    Booksmart Studio, Rochester, NY
    Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY
    Spirit Lodge, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA

    2005 - 2006
    Images of the Southwest
    Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
    The Conference Center, Hamilton, NJ

    2005
    Four Corners: Photographs by Eric T. Kunsman, Sylva Gallery, Pennington, NJ

    2-3 Person Exhibitions
    2019
    Thou Art... Will Give..., R.G. Endres Gallery, Prairie Village, KS

    2005
    Abandoned Prisons: Corrie McCluskey & Eric Kunsman, Westby Gallery, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

    TAWA Invitational, Elarslie-Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ

    2001
    Object Values, Mercer County Community College Gallery, West Windsor, NJ

    2000
    Four Corners, Touché D' Artiste, Rochester, NY

    Group
    2019
    Monochrome, SITE:BROOKLYN, Brooklyn, NY

    Meed3: When Photography Ruled the Streets, Gallery19, Chicago, IL

    Black & White, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX

    Fake News, SPIVA, Joplin, MO

    2018
    Photo Review Best of Show 2018, SolMednick Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Out in the Street, Muzeumm & the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art ViCA, Los Angeles, CA

    The State of America, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT

    Street Photography, Blank Wall Gallery, Greece

    2017
    On the Street Where I Live, Webster Arts Center, Webster Groves, MO

    Underbelly, H Gallery, Dab Art, Los Angeles, CA

    Exposure 2017: The Narrative of Photography, New Hope Arts Center, New Hope, PA

    Americana, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO

    2016
    Landscapes 2016, Photography Exhibition, Center for Fine Art Photography, For Collins, CO

    Emerge, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS

    The Abandoned Landscape, Southeast Center for Photography, Greenville, SC

    2015
    International B&W Photography Exhibition, Center for Fine Art Photography, For Collins, CO

    Faculty Exhibition, William Harris Gallery, RIT School of Photography, Rochester, NY

    Visual Communications Studies Faculty Exhibition, Dyer Arts Center, Rochester, NY

    2014
    Faculty Exhibition, William Harris Gallery, RIT School of Photography, Rochester, NY

    In Retrospective: Selected Works from the Wallace Library Art Collection, 1972-2009, Bevier Gallery at RIT, Rochester, NY

    2013
    Finger Lakes Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

    Arts & Imaging Sciences Faculty Exhibition, Dyer Arts Center, Rochester, NY

    Juror's Exhibition, Imaging Panels of Rochester, Rochester, NY

    2011
    Faculty Exhibition, RIT Photography Gallery, Rochester, NY

    2010
    Faculty Exhibition, RIT Photography Gallery, Rochester, NY

    Mentors, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Curator: Sandra Davis

    Faculty Exhibition, Peters Valley Gallery, Peters Valley, NJ

    2009
    Faculty Exhibition, RIT Photography Gallery, Rochester, NY

    Binary Articulations, Harris Art Gallery, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA
    Curator: Rhona Shand

    2008
    Binary Articulations, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA
    Curator: Rhona Shand

    2007
    Binary Articulations, Kansas Technology Center, Pittsburg, KS
    Curator: Rhona Shand

    Annual Photography Exhibit, Center at High Falls Gallery, Rochester, NY

    Anderson Alley Artists, Rochester Arts & Cultural Center Gallery, Rochester, NY

    2006
    Photo Imaging Education Association (PIEA), International Traveling Exhibition
    Faculty Award

    Binary Articulations, Holt-Russell Gallery, Baker University, Baldwin City, KS

    2005
    Elusive Photography, Stepping Stone Gallery, Huntington, NY

    National Juried Photography Exhibit, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Long Beach Island, NY

    Artists' Book Exchange: Philadelphia and Timisoara
    Library Humanitas Joc Secund, Timisoara, Romania
    University of the West, Timisoara, Romania
    The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2004
    Mutable Surfaces, Anderson Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Directions, Gallery ONE, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    American Southwest, Lincoln County Museum of the American West, Smithsonian, Lincoln, NM

    2003
    Trenton Artist Workshop Association (TAWA) Annual Juried Show, Elarslie Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ

    Mercer County Photography Exhibition, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

    Hamilton Trenton Marsh Photography Exhibition, Hamilton Library Gallery, Hamilton, NJ

    Seven, Sculpture Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2002
    Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Invitational Print Exchange, PAFA Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Wallace Memorial Library Photography Purchase Awards, A Selection from the First Twenty Years, RIT Photography Gallery, Rochester, NY

    Cakewalk, Anderson Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2001
    RIT Faculty Show, RIT Photography Gallery, Rochester, NJ

    1997 - 2001
    RIT Honor Show, RIT Photography Gallery, Rochester, NJ

    1998
    Photo Plus Expo, Fuji Booth, New York City, NY

    Artist's Bibliography

    "Hoyt exhibit spotlights photos of former penitentiary", New Castle News, August 8, 2019

    "Interview: Eric Kunsman - Historical Narrative", Analog Forever Magazine, July 21, 2019

    "News Awards 2019 Winners Announced", AOP Latest News, May 14, 2019

    "Hundreds turn out to 'paint light' on Old Fort Niagara for RIT's Big Shot photograph", Western New York Papers, September 30, 2018

    Murphy, Justin, "RIT exhibit captures 9/11 memories"
    Cincinatti Inquirer
    , August 16, 2016
    Democrat & Chronicle, August 16, 2016
    Detroit Free Press, August 16, 2016
    Lohud, August 16, 2016
    Tennessean, August 16, 2016

    "Where Were You?", The Visual Artworker, August 6, 2016

    "Teaching in the midst of tragedy at Gallery R", Talker of the Town, August 5, 2016

    "Exhibit explores media coverage of 9/11 in the days that followed", 13WHAM, August 16, 2016

    Kiley, Rich, "Gallery r hosts 9/11 exhibit", RIT University News, August 4, 2016

    "What Did You See Today", The Visual Artworker, December 14, 2014

    "RIT exhibit features old Pa. prison", Democrat & Chronicle, November 21, 2014

    Macaluso, Tim Louis, "Art Walk Extension opens", Rochester City Newspaper, October 3, 2012

    "NEWS RELEASE - ARTWALK2 JURIES SELECT ARTISTS FOR TWO MAJOR PIECES OF OUTDOOR ARTS MUSEUM", City of Rochester, December 21, 2009

    Publications

    "Felicific Calculus", Dodho Magazine, 2018

    "Though Art... Will Give...", Dodho Magazine, 2018

    "Thou Art... Will Give...", Los Angeles Center for Digital Art

    Awards

    For a full list of awards visit erickunsman.com

    2019
    Rust Belt Biennial
    Top 15 Photographers

    Association of Photographers AOP Awards, United Kingdom
    Gold Award, Open Category - Series

    Meed3: When Photography Ruled the Streets, Gallery 19, Chicago, IL
    Best in Show

    Being There, Black and White Photography, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
    1st Place

    6th Open Call, Rhode Island Center for Photography, Providence, RI
    1st Place

    BW Gallerist: Black and White Fine Art Photography
    Top 10 B&W Photographers of 2018

    2018
    Bank of the Arts Juried Show, New Bern, NC
    Best of Photography

    International Juried Photo Competition 2018, R.G. Endres Gallery
    Merit Award in the Landscapes and Architecture

    2017
    Santa Fe Portfolio Review, Santa Fe, NM
    Accepted into the reviews

    Allegany National Photography Competition and Exhibition, Allegany Arts Council's Saville Gallery, Cumberland, MD
    Honorable Mention for Best B&W

    2016
    Awarded IDEA Series Exhibition Artist of the Year for 2018, Pittsburg State University, KS

    American Advertising Awards, Synthesis Collaborative Publication Design/Book Design, Wall Therapy 2013 Season Book
    Gold Award

    2015
    PhotoAlliance Portfolio Review, San Francisco, CA
    Accepted into the reviews

    2008 - 2013
    Canson Infinity Digital Paper, France
    Ambassador in Photography

    2006
    Annual Juried Show, Center at High Falls, Rochester, NY
    Best in Show

    2004
    13th Annual Photography Exhibition, Phillips' Mill, New Hope, PA
    Jurors Award

    Photo Imaging Education Association (PIEA)
    John Cone Best B&W Print - Faculty

    2002
    Trenton Artist Workshop Association (TAWA) Annual Juried Show
    Best in Show

    2000
    RIT Honor Show, RIT Photography Gallery, Rochester, NY
    Wallace Memorial Library Purchase Award

    1999
    RIT Honor Show, RIT Photography Gallery, Rochester, NY
    Director's Award

    1998
    Photo Expo, New York, NY
    Fuji Award

    1997
    RIT Honor Show, RIT Photography Gallery, Rochester, NY
    James Bell Award

    Professional Experience

    2005 - Present
    Booksmart Studio, Inc., Rochester, NY
    Founder

    2001 - 2005
    Eric Kunsman Consulting
    Digital Printing Consultant

    1997 - 1999
    Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

    1999
    McGuire Air Force Base, Burlington County, NJ
    Digital Photographer

    Consultation

    Assanté Design, Digital Workflow Process, Syracuse NY
    Bergger Digital Paper, Generic ICC Profile Creation, France
    BF Inkjet, Generic ICC Profile Creation
    Box Car Press Digital Workflow Process, Syracuse NY
    Canson Infinity, Generic ICC Profile Creation & White Papers for PDF handouts and on-line for print workflow,
    George Eastman Museum (George Eastman House), Digital Workflow Creation-Capture to Print
    Innova Digital Art Paper Generic ICC Profile creation along with White Paper for on-line tutorial, United Kingdom
    Indeutsch Industries, India, Testing prototype inkjet canvas for quality standards compared to competitors
    Intelicoat Digital Media, Generic ICC Profile creation
    Magnum Photo, New York, NY, Printing for House of Pictures, a photographic journey in Rochester, NY
    Old Town Editions, Alexandria,VA, Custom ICC Profile creation
    USGA (United Stated Golf Association), Digital Workflow Process, Short Hills, NY
    John Myers Photography, Digital Workflow Process, Rochester, NY

    Current Memberships

    InLiquid
    Association of Photographers (AOP)
    Atlanta Center for Fine Art Photography
    Center for Fine Art Photography
    Rochester Contemporary Arts Center
    Sign & Graphics Imaging Association(SGIA)
    Society for Photographic Education(SPE)
    The Center, Santa Fe New Mexico
    The Center for Photography
    Woodstock Center for Photography

    Curated

    2005
    Dan Larkin's: A Cape Cod Diary, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    2004
    Darkroom FA 107: MCCC Photography Students, Artworks Gallery, Trenton, NJ

    2001
    Senior Show, RIT, Rochester, NY

    Collections

    Cary Graphic Arts Collection, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
    University of the Arts Libraries, Book Arts Collections, Philadelphia, PA
    James Cropper Mill, Kendal, UK
    Innova Art Paper, Harlow, UK
    Private Collections

    Juror

    2012 - 2017
    Juror for the quarterly installation of 2D art on an exterior public art venue consisting of the Imaging Panels of Rochester, NY, which are nine metal exhibition structures on the Rochester ArtWALK

    2011
    ArtWALK extension project, juror for outdoor sculpture piece that is located in the middle of Goodman Street in Rochester, NY located directly across from Village Gate

    ArtWALK extension project, juror for the Children’s Sidewalk Art that encompasses the entire length of the ArtWALK extension

    Guest Lectures/Reviews

    2008 - 2019
    Though Art... Will Give...
    Artist Talks at
    Hoyt Museum, New Castle, PA
    Lane Community College, Eugene, OR
    Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS
    Dyer Arts Center, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, NY
    The George School, Newton, PA
    Mercer County Community College, West Windsor NJ
    Photokina, Canson Infinity Booth, Cologne, Germany

    2015 - 2018
    The World of Inkjet Printing, RIT, Rochester, NY
    Photo Arts I Guest Lecturer

    2007 & 2018
    SPE National Conference (students & professionals)
    Miami, FL
    Philadelphia, PA
    Portfolio Reviewer

    2015 - 2017
    Frank Cost Book Production Class, RIT Rochester, NY
    Book Production Guest Lecturer

    2016
    A 9/11 Project, Reflections & Memories, Wallace Center RIT, Rochester, NY
    Curatorial Talk and Faculty Grant Showcase

    2015
    What is Scholarship for the Visual Arts, NTID/RIT, Rochester, NY
    Scholarship Symposium 2015

    2009
    Eric Kunsman’s Photography, Princeton Photography Club, Princeton, NJ
    Lecturer

    2007
    The Fine Edition Book, Photo Imaging World, Melbourne, Australia
    Lecturer

    The Rebirth of the Darkroom-Trends in Fine Digital Papers, Photo Imaging World, Melbourne Australia
    Lecturer

    2006
    Fine Edition Books for Photographers, Photokina, Innova Booth, Cologne, Germany
    Featured Artist

    2005 & 2006
    PIEA—The Digital Book in the Classroom
    Orlando, FL, PIEA at PMA
    Bristol, UK—PIEA at PMA

    2005
    Peripheral Visions, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS
    Artist Talk

    Four Corners, The Pennington School, Pennington, NJ
    Artist Presenter

    2004
    Photographing in the Southwest, Princeton Day School, Princeton, NJ
    Artist Presenter

    2003
    Bringing Photographs Into the Book Form, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
    Lecturer

    Best in Show-TAWA, Elarslie, Trenton City Museum, NJ
    Artist Presenter

    2002
    Final Critique/Presentations, Hallmark Institute of Photography, Turners Falls, MA
    Guest Critic

    2001
    History of Color Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
    Lecturer

    Education

    2005
    Masters of Fine Arts, Book Arts/Printmaking, The University of the Arts

    2001
    Masters of Science, Electronic Publishing & Graphic Media Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology

    2000
    Bachelors of Science, Biomedical Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology

    1999
    Bachelors of Fine Arts, Photographic Illustration-Fine Art, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1999

    Teaching Experience

    2012 - Present
    Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
    National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Visual Communications Studies
    Lecturer

    2005 - Present
    Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
    School of Photographic Arts & Sciences
    Adjunct Professor, Visiting Professor

    2002 - 2005
    Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ
    Coordinator of Photography, Assistant Professor

    2004 - 2005
    Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
    Adjunct Assistant Professor

    2002
    Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
    School of Print & Media Sciences
    Adjunct Professor

    2000 - 2002
    Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
    School of Photographic Arts & Sciences
    Adjunct Professor

    1999
    Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
    Graduate Assistant