A Neutral World - November 7 - 30
Although art has been my primary discipline, photography has also become an important part of my creative outlet. As I began to travel more, my fascination with photography grew. The main challenge I set for myself is to try to capture a “good” photograph using just a basic “point & shoot” camera and/or my smartphone. It is my hope, that the images in this exhibit show that interesting photos can be captured with a basic pocket size camera. Ted Denton studied at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri where he earned both a BSE and MA in Art Education.
Graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York with a degree in Graphic Design. Awarded a Max Beckman Scholarship to study Painting at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. Enlisted in the Army and spent one year at the United States Army Security Agency Training Center at Ft. Devens, Massachusetts studying Military Intelligence Analysis. Stationed in Japan for 2 years, monitored Chinese Communist troop movements on the North Vietnam border. Returned to U.S. and was stationed at Ft. Wolters, Texas. Discharged in 1967 and resumed studies at Montclair State University in New Jersey and completed studies for BA & MA degrees. Was a Teaching Assistant and was the only student in the department to both write a Masters Thesis and have a Masters Exhibit (Painting).
Granted a Doctoral Fellowship at Ball State University in Indiana and finished degree program in 1972. Met my wife of 47 years, Edie, while we were living in the graduate dorm. After completing doctoral studies, took a position at Frostburg State University in Maryland from 1972-1975. Taught at University of Maine from 1975-1978 before taking a position at MWSC in 1978. Taught at MWSC for 28 years, serving as Chair of the Art Department for 15 of those years. While at MWSC was awarded the Jesse Lee Myers Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Burlington-Northern Award for Faculty Achievement and also served as Vice President of the Faculty Senate. Retired as a tenured Full Professor in 2006.
Since retiring from full-time teaching at MWSC, I have been teaching two sections of Introduction to the Visual Arts each semester at Park University in Parkville, MO. Hobbies include travel (have visited 20 foreign countries) working out (still compete in 5K races), restoring cars, gardening and landscaping. I am still active in the studio and have had works included in a number of shows since retiring, including a retrospective at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art. I have works in the Permanent Collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum, the Sprint Corporation and numerous other museums, art centers and private collections.
Crystal has been taking photographs for over 25 years. She has taken various photography classes, seminars and workshops locally and nationally. She keeps variety in her work, in not only subject matter but also photographic techniques. Some of these include HDR (High Dynamic Range), Black and White, long exposures, light painting and Infrared Photography. Her greatest inspirations have been the National Geographic Photographers; especially Joel Sartore who is dedicating his life to photographing all endangered species, and the result is the “Photo Ark”. Crystal uses different applications and techniques in camera or in post processing to create new works of art. Crystal has exhibited in various galleries around Kansas City and participates in many local Art Festivals. She hopes that one day her photography will inspire others or make a difference in the art world.