USF hosting “Spinning Yarns: Photographic Storytelling”

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USF hosting “Spinning Yarns: Photographic Storytelling”

(September 1, 2011) – “Spinning a yarn” is more than telling a story—it’s constructing a tale, and no one know it better than Libby Rowe and Anne Massoni, who will bring a free lecture and traveling photo exhibition to the University of Saint Francis. The lecture will be Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the North Campus Auditorium. The exhibit, “Spinning Yarns: Photographic Storytelling,” will run through Sept. 30 in the Lupke Gallery at the North Campus.

Rowe and Massoni’s lecture will elucidate how photographic storytelling brings together the teller and audience to push and pull a narrative into being. They will relate how the artist initiates the act, providing a fertile soil to conjure visual and rhetorical play. Photographic storytellers and audiences are dependent on one another, they say, actually co-conspirators in sketching plot, character, place, conversation and event.

Rowe holds a master’s degree with an emphasis in photography from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in photography from University of Northern Iowa. Her work addresses issues of identity and belonging. She has exhibited widely across the United States and internationally. She exhibited and performed “learning feminine: posture” as part of the seventh Feminist Research Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands in June 2009. She is an assistant professor of art and head of photography at University of Texas at San Antonio.

Massoni is a photography professor at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. She earned a master’s degree in photography from Ohio University and a bachelor’s degree in photography and anthropology from Connecticut College. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including the National Institutes of Health public art spaces in Washington D.C., the Allen Sheppard Gallery in New York and the East End Film Festival in London. Her work relates to ideas of real and fabricated memories, using a variety of film and digital techniques.

“Spinning Yarns: Photographic Storytelling” includes 23 nationally recognized photographers with over 60 works on display by artists who use photography as a vehicle for expression and storytelling. For more information, email

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