Eileen Meslar

Eileen Meslar attained a BFA Summa Cum Laude with an emphasis in Photography and Intermedia from Western Michigan University in December 2011. Meslar minored in Journalism and photographed for the university newspaper, the Western Herald. Born in Chicago, she lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan, for five years while attending WMU. Eileen has been in numerous juried group shows and has had four solo exhibitions. She has shown in various cities in Michigan, as well as Chicago, Philadelphia, and Maryland. Eileen will have three photographs in a group show in Florence, Italy, in the spring of 2012. Eileen's photographs have also been published in the Kalamazoo Gazette: Your Home Your Life and Best of College and High School Photography 2012. Throughout her college career, her work has dealt with social justice issues. Eileen’s BFA thesis exhibition, in November 2011, consisted of 11 large-scale color inkjet prints, with sound pieces accompanying each print, of people on “the other side of the tracks.” To develop the exhibition, she stood on a frequented path along the train tracks in downtown Kalamazoo and took portraits of willing passers-by, and recorded interviews with them. In the future, Eileen hopes to continue photographing social justice issues in in the United States and other countries.

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