Linda A. Bourassa, M.F.A.

Professor of Art

B.F.A., Syracuse University
M.A., M.F.A., The University of Iowa

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Professor Linda A. Bourassa, soon to be an Emeritus Professor, has taught at Hiram College since the Fall of 1987 for almost 30 years. She teaches Digital and Silver Photography, Digital Film and Video, Digital Art, Contemporary Media and Entrepreneurship for the Studio Artist. She has a long resume of solo and group exhibitions of her specialty in Fine Art Photography. She has led student groups to the North Woods of Michigan, Florida, the South West, Los Angeles, England, France, Italy, and Australia.

While at Hiram College, Professor Bourassa has created different series of work related to the environment. She has shot metaphoric images of nuclear radiation and the sacredness of the lands it desecrates. Since then she's been photographing in Florida at Cross Creek and down in the Everglades with an eye to the fragile ecosystem that is quickly changing due to development and the pounding of hurricanes.

As a professor, Linda Bourassa has shifted to teaching mostly digital photography and 2-D media and a beginning DV filmmaking course. However, she plans to continue silver photography by emphasizing processes from the 19th century in a large format course this spring. She is presently at work on "Entrepreneurship and the Studio Arts" for summer 2010 in order to help studio art students have a plan for keeping it going after graduation.

Expertise: all methods of photography production, including large format, pinhole, digital color. Has expertise in film and printmaking. Serves as a judge of the Cleveland Film Festival.

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Syracuse University (Experimental Studios), B.F.A.

The University of Iowa's Department of Speech and Dramatic Art (Film Production), M.A.

The University of Iowa's School of Art and Art History (Photography), M.F.A.

Teaching Experience

Hiram College. Professor of Art. Fall 2004 - present.
Hiram College. Associate Professor of Art. Spring 1993- 2004.
Hiram College. Assistant Professor of Art. Fall 1987-1993.
University of Iowa Teaching Assistant, 1985-1987 and 1979-1980.
Video Workshop Instructor. Heritage Cablevision, Iowa City, Iowa. 1986-1987.

Conference Presentations

  • 2008 Integrating Digital Media into the Liberal Arts Conference. Panel Moderator and presenter. March 27 29. Wabash College, Indiana. "Considering Limitations: Developing Digital Courses with Limited Staff, Resources, and Support."
  • 2000 MACAA, Louisville, Kentucky. Panel presentation on the Goddess in the Post-Modern Age. "Aging Goddesses: The Courage to be Imperfect."
  • 1999 Midwest Art History Society at the Toledo Museum of Art. "Photographic Portraiture of the Other: A Form of Autobiography"
  • 1991 October. Midwest Society for Photographic Education. "Photographic Toxins and My Radiation Vacation"

Academic Grants and Awards

Entrepreneurship Course Development Grant, Summer 2009.
Entrepreneurship Internship Grant, Hiram College Summer 2008.
Best of Show; Best of Photography, Art, Antiques, and Autumn. Burton Ohio, Sept. 2005.
Creative Field Studies, summer 2005 pinhole photography project
Induction into the Garfield Society, Hiram College Fall 2004
Who's Who of America's Teachers, 2004
Juror's Award. FAVA Juried Photography Exhibit. 2002
Fiat Lux Grant, Development of Computer Art Minor, 2002
Cleveland Foundation Grant, The Creative Life Scholarship Course, 2002
Building Community Through the Arts awards for artist's residencies, 2004, 2002, 2001, 1998, 1997 (developed for the art department, oversaw residencies)
Martin Award, 2000-01
Omicron Delta Kappa, Induction 2000
Honorable Mention. Butler Museum Juried Show. 1998.
Best of Color. JCC Annual Photography Show. Cleveland. 1992.
Knight Foundation Grant. Hiram College. 1992.
Gund/Gerstacker Summer Faculty Grants. 1992, 91, 90, 89, 88.
Purchase Awards. JCC Annual Photography Show. 1992, 1991, 1990.
Production Grants. Heritage Cablevision. 1986, 1985.

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