This month Kent State at East Liverpool Associate Professor Dr. Jack Vazzanaâ€™s photography is being shown as part of the 2011 Association of Regional Campuses Conference. The show, which includes 20 of Vazzanaâ€™s pieces, is titled â€œMetaphors of Obsession.â€ According to Vazzana, the show emphasizes the repetitive cultural themes that are self perpetuated foremost in the American ethos.
Earlier this spring, two of his photographs were selected for The Water Tower exhibit, which is held every two years in Louisville, Kentucky. Sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, this juried show is highly competitive. Only 22 artists were accepted out of more than 200 applicants. His photographs, â€œLeaving â€œand â€œGo to Hell,â€ which represent the contradictory nature of a contemporary woman, were selected.
â€œShe is both empowered and exploited simultaneously,â€ Vazzana said of his photograph â€œLeaving.â€ Both pieces were met with critical praise.
Vazzana began taking photos as a young child. His interest continued throughout his educational and professional career.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Penn., Vazzana was a student at Case Western Reserve before he entered the United States Army to serve in Korea. Following his service, Vazzana, a disabled veteran, continued his education at Duquesne University where he earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in psychology and a masterâ€™s in sociology. While at Duquesne he was the assistant editor of the student newspaper. In this role, Vazzana created more than 40 cartoons titled â€œThe Doors.,â€ These are now archived at the universityâ€™s Gumberg Library. Following his studies at Duquesne, Vazzana earned a Ph.D. in administration and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh.
Vazzana began his teaching career at the Community College of Allegheny County before moving to Robert Morris University. In 1999, he joined the faculty of Kent State East Liverpool, where he teaches courses in sociology.
This fall, as part of shows held Kent State East Liverpoolâ€™s Art Gallery, located in the Mary Patterson, Vazzana will display his photography show â€œMoments.â€