KENOSHA, Wis. – Join us March 8 – April 9 for the exhibit titled “Grounded,” featuring Chicago-based photographer Stephanie Burke. There will be a Virtual Artist Talk on March 18, 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. The exhibit is open to Carthage students, faculty, and staff only. Information about virtual programming can be found here.
The exhibit features archival inkjet prints depicting the demise of the former campus of Parks College located in Cahokia, Illinois, 10 miles southwest of the Cahokia Mounds. The Parks College campus in Cahokia was once a home to very well-known civil and military aviation training and development. It has since moved St.Louis Missouri, and is now known as Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology, leaving the old structures in the center of Cahokia untouched for years. The series of photographs present the 24 years of vacancy and destruction of the 14-acre campus. This project is an ongoing documentation of the deterioration of the campus attempting to locate the impetus of the ruins.
Stephanie Burke’s investigation into the history of abandoned places began at a young age, as she grew up in a rural mining town in Northern California. She has since moved to Chicago, where she has lived for about a decade, currently teaching darkroom photography at Harold Washington College. Burke is also a former writer for Bad at Sports. Her extensive travels nationally and internationally have led to the creation of many works and exhibits throughout Chicago and the U.S.
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