Photo Alumna Presents Solo Show at Meridian’s Casteel Gallery

Poster image: Wanrudee Buranakorn, “Island of Mystery,” solvent ink on canvas, 20 x 12 inches.

Wanrudee Buranakorn (MFA 2002, photography) presents a solo exhibition at the Casteel Gallery at Meridian (Mississippi) Community College. “Between My Soul and Its Shadow” will run from February 23 through March 30, 2023, with an opening reception on Feb. 23, 4-5:30 pm.

The exhibition is more than 50 works — eleven from her “New Chapter” series — images of the human figure and other objects in natural and staged settings that create narratives of fictionalized self-representation relating to reminiscences, hopes and dreams. “The photographs of dream-like natural settings were taken in the magical landscapes of the South,” writes the artist, where she lived for many years. Buranakorn was a student of UA’s renowned professor of photography, Gay Burke.

Buranakorn is professor of art and design at the University of Wisconsin-Eu Claire, where she has taught since 2007. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Luhring Augustine Gallery and Sara Meltzer Gallery in Chelsea, NY; ARC Gallery and Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL; Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, GA; Janet Carson Gallery, WI; Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, AL; Castell Photography Gallery and Asheville BookWorks Gallery in Asheville, NC; Flash Gallery, Denver, CO; and Fayetteville (NC) Museum of Art. She has taught photography and book arts at UA, Ohio University, Ringling School of Art and Design, the University of South Carolina at Salkehatchie, Penland School of Crafts, Colleton County Arts Council, and Asheville BookWorks. Along with the MFA in photo, Buranakorn also holds an MFA in Book Arts from UA.

The Casteel Gallery is located in Ivy-Scaggs Hall, Meridian Community College in Meridian, Mississippi. Hours are Mon.-Thurs., 10 am-4 pm. The curator of exhibits for the Casteel Gallery and Collection at Meridian Community College is UA graduate Terrell Nicholson Taylor (MFA 2004, painting).

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