Neal Rantoul : Series Work
As photographers we all work in series in some form or another. After all, assembling a group of pictures into a portfolio from a trip or that have the same subject can be called a series. But to turn series work into something meaningful and a significant art form takes a different approach. One of Neal Rantoul’s characteristics as a career artist is to take the everyday and raise it to a far higher level. He has worked serially his whole career, forming narratives that deepen the meaning of his photographs and extend our understanding of a place, a circumstance or a mindset. In this lecture and visual presentation, Rantoul will share several of his own series as clarification of the larger issue of just how we can elevate our photographs from the mundane to the sublime.
Neal Rantoul is a career artist and teacher. He has taught photography since 1971. He is an emeritus professor and was head of the Photography Program at Northeastern University for thirty years and taught for thirteen years at Harvard University as well. He retired from Northeastern in January 2013. Rantoul has work in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston); the DeCordova Sculpture Museum and Sculpture Park (Lincoln, MA); the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA); the High Museum (Atlanta, GA); the Kunsthaus (Zurich, Switzerland); the Center for Creative Photography (Tucson, AZ), The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA and Princeton University (NJ), among numerous other private and public collections. He is the recipient of many awards and grants, including a Whiting Foundation Fellowship; a Lightwork residency (Syracuse, NY); RSDF, FDP and IDF grants from Northeastern University; an artist in residency from the Baer Art Center in Hofsos, Iceland in 2013 and he was a finalist twice for the Massachusetts Cultural Council award. Rantoul was an active member of the Board of Directors of the Photographic Resource Center in Boston for many years and is on the Board of Corporators at the Griffin Museum of Photography. Since retiring Rantoul has been teaching workshops, traveling, lecturing and making new work. He had two shows simultaneously in 2013, one at the Danforth Museum in Framingham of wheat field pictures and another at Panopticon Gallery in Boston of aerials of the island of Martha’s Vineyard. His work is represented by 555 Gallery in Boston where he has had numerous works shown over the past two years including photographs in the exhibitions: Barbarous Coasts, Wild Thing, I Love Your Space, Devil’s Promenade, Personal Portfolio. Neal’s most recent exhibition called Monsters opened in September, 2016 and ran through January, 2017at the Fitchburg Art Museum in Fitchburg MA. Rantoul’s website is: www.nealrantoul.com