collective of more than 70 photographers, who exhibit, tour, and teach, will
hold its next exhibit at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas. The
Shootapalooza Photo Collective’s exhibit, “Diversity: Alternative Paths in Contemporary
Photography,” will begin with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March
Shootapalooza was formed in 2014 by the late
Judy Sherrod, a Wichita Falls native. It is a diverse group of mostly women
photographers from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia, who enjoy
experimentation and collaboration in their work. Sherrod died in 2017, but the
group continues to inspire and teach in honor of her memory.
In 2015, Sherrod and her fellow photographers
initiated the first World Cyanotype Day. Cyanotype is a photographic process created
by exposing paper or fabric to chemicals that make it sensitive to ultraviolet
light, turning it blue when exposed. Masking or blocking light from the surface
will leave that area unaffected, which allows designs, words, and images to be
The date for this year’s World Cyanotype Day
isn’t until Sept. 28, but the public will have the opportunity to make their
own cyanotypes during the exhibition. The Shootapalooza artists will conduct
cyanotype workshops from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, and Saturday, March
16. The public is invited to create a personal cyanotype in one of the
workshops. The walk-in program will take about 20 minutes to complete and is
free of charge. Materials will be provided but visitors are welcome to bring
objects from home to create the silhouettes.
Josh Maxwell, Curator of Education at the
WFMA, said that cyanotype is one of the many ways that science, art, and other
fields are integrated. “This is a process that is enjoyable for all ages and
can be a good way for families and other groups to get together to create works
of art,” Maxwell said.
The process was initially invented by Sir
John Herschel in 1842 with the intention of reproducing notes and plans as
blueprints, but within a year it was used experimentally for photography and
art by Anna Atkins, the first to publish a book illustrated by photographed
images and considered by many to be the first woman photographer.
The exhibition is in conjunction with Sherrod
and S. Gayle Stevens’ “Nocturnes” exhibit at MSU’s Juanita Harvey Art Gallery. Sherrod
and Stevens used a homemade pinhole camera and the wet-plate collodion process
to create the “Nocturnes” images.
The “Diversity” exhibit at the WFMA will be
on display through May 25. Call the museum at 940-397-8900 for more