Photography Exhibit by Alumnus Christopher Buschelman Is Open at Bede Art Gallery through Sept. 29

August 17, 2017

The Mount Marty College (MMC) Bede Art Gallery announces that its first exhibit of the 2017-18 art season — "Photography of Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Church Architecture in Nebraska and Arkansas" by 2005 MMC alumnus Christopher Buschelman — is now on display through Sept. 29.

A 35mm/digital photography examination, Buschelman’s exhibit captures four churches located in Nebraska, Missouri and Arkansas that are inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. The four churches include Holy Family Shrine in Gretna, Nebraska; Susan B. Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista, Arkansas; Anthony Chapel in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas; and Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

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Above, Buschelman’s favorite photo from the exhibit — "Shrine and Sky" — captures his view of the Holy Family Shrine in Gretna, Neb.

Buschelmen’s interest in photography began when he was a MMC freshman. Since that time, he has studied all expressions of photography, specializing in landscape and architecture. Aa a part-time photographer, he began his business, Buschelman Galleries, in 2016 to showcase his work. He maintains a full-time position as an eLearning and video production designer for the training department at NMC Caterpillar. He says taking education, theatre, speech, and art classes at MMC prepared him for his professional careers of photography and instructional design.

“When I am organizing new content, I often think back to the days of being on stage in Marion Auditorium, writing learning objectives for Sister Candy or experimenting with photography in the dark room,” said Buschelman. “My career is predicated on the use of creativity, and MMC taught me to always be creative and to continue to learn new things and push the envelope."    

Describing his signature style as “dreamy euphoric photography,” Buschelman says he uses long shutter speeds and off-camera flash to add highlights and shadows that create dimension.

“My surreal style usually involves long exposures and vivid colors,” he said. “The long exposure is what causes the clouds and foreground (tall grasses and flowers) to have the paint brushed effect. I couple this by focusing on a stationary object in my compositions that will remain sharp in focus."

Free and open to the public, Buschelman’s exhibit at Bede Art Gallery is available for viewing 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit will conclude with a reception and gallery talk on Sept. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. Visit buschelmangalleries.com to view Buschelman’s work online.

To learn more about the Bede Art Gallery or about MMC’s fine arts degree programs and curriculum, please call 605-668-1545 or visit mtmc.edu/arts.