Vita Litvak
Born 1980 in Tiraspol, Transnistria
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EDUCATION

2006-2008 MFA in Photography and Film, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
2002-2004 Post Baccalaureate Studio and Teaching Assistant Fellow, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.
1998-2002 BA, Haverford College, Haverford, PA. Major: Fine Arts / Photography - Honors.



PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2013-present

Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography, Haverford College, Haverford PA
The Arts Foundation Photography course introduces students to the craft of black and white darkroom photography. Weekly critiques are supplemented with lectures and readings on the History of Photography and viewing of original photographic prints in the Haverford College Special Collections.
The Intermediate Color/Digital Photography course introduces more advanced students of photography to chemical and digital color technologies.  Students work with color enlargers and a 24” color machine, learning how to adjust color balance and utilize the medium to its fullest effect.  In the second portion of the semester students learn to manipulate images with Photoshop CS6 and print with a Canon 24” inkjet printer.  Weekly critiques of images encourage students to develop a focused body of work, which results in a final portfolio at the conclusion of the semester.  Weekly readings, lectures and discussions about contemporary art and photography enrich students’ understanding of the medium.
The Senior Thesis Seminar is co-taught by the Fine Art Department’s Faculty and focuses on helping students develop a body of work for a Senior Thesis exhibition at the Cantor-Fitzgerald Gallery.  Weekly group critiques are supplemented with research assignments and writing assignments that result in the development of an artist statement.

2011-2013

Working Artist
Photographing three new bodies of work: Transnistria in Eastern Europe, Swimmers in Italy, Croatia and Central America, and Life on The Hook in Key West, Florida.

2010-2011

Resident Studio Artist, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
Taught digital photography and night photography classes. Helped install and deinstall 2D, 3D and video based art works at the Root Division gallery. Welcomed gallery visitors and informed guests about Root Division's community based art programs. Helped coordinate and run fundraising events and assisted with administrative tasks such as filling and database maintenance.

2008-2009 Adjunct Professor, Richard Stockton College, Pomona, NJ
Taught two sections of introductory black and white photography courses. Created my own
curriculum that focused on helping students achieve technical proficiency of camera functions and
traditional black and white darkroom techniques. Through critiques and lectures introduced and
reinforced a firm knowledge of visual design, the development of a personal style, and the methods
of communicating ideas visually. Studio classes and technical demonstrations of both traditional and
alternative photographic processes were supplemented with lectures on relevant themes in the history
of photography as well as contemporary practice.
2006-2008

Adjunct Professor, Virginia Commonwealth, Richmond, VA
Taught an introductory photography course that dealt primarily with the traditional black and white
medium and the early history of photography. Also taught an advanced studio course that focused on
developing students' professional portfolios. Supplemented the courses with lectures on history of
photography and essays on contemporary photographic practice.
Administrative Departmental Assistant, Photography Department, Virginia Commonwealth, RVA
Preformed general office duties: answering phones and emails, scheduling, filling, database
maintenance, equipment check out, and the maintenance of departmental facilities.

2004-2006 Photography Teacher, Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, PA.
Taught four introductory photography classes to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. Created an age
appropriate curriculum that developed student's technical knowledge and proficiency of both
traditional and digital photographic mediums. Structured assignments/projects through which
students could discover and use the photographic visual vocabulary in an engaging way. Encouraged
the development of personal style and expression of concepts through examples of other
photographers' works and focused group critiques.
Yearbook Advisor, Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia PA
Facilitated students’ management and production of the school yearbook. Encouraged and helped the
development of leadership skills, notions of fiscal responsibility, administrative aptitude, and creative/
technical production expertise.
2002-2004

Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Assistant of Photography, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
Assisted with introductory and upper level photography courses in both traditional and digital
mediums. Facilitated the development of students’ technical skills, participated in class critiques and
prepared lectures. Maintained the photography black and white and digital labs, checked out
equipment, ordered supplies and materials.
Installation and Administrative Assistant, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University
Assisted artists with site-specific installations in the project room of the Samek Gallery. Assisted in
packing, shipping and hanging of art works. Conducted an ongoing inventory of the 9000 object
collection, recorded new works into the gallery database and maintained the Samek Art Galle
website.

 


EXHIBITIONS

Through the Plain Camera: Small and Shapely Pleasures in Contemporary Photography, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, 2011
Mission United, Public Works, San Francisco, CA 2011
Taste,
Root Division, San Francisco, CA 2011
Haverford Artists Showcase, Innovation Studio, San Francisco, CA, 2011
9th Annual Root Division Auction
, Root Division, San Francisco, CA, 2010
Uprooted, Heart Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2010
MFA Thesis Exhibition: A Conversation, Anderson Art Gallery, VCU, Richmond, VA,
Animus Mundi, Flash Point Gallery, Washington, DC, 2008
VCU/Pratt MFA Exchange Show, Pratt Institute Steuben Galleries, Brooklyn, 2008
MFA Candidacy Exhibition, Corrugated Box, Richmond VA, 2008
This is Alex: An Exhibition About One Man, VCU Office of the Registrar, RVA, 2007
Plaid: VCU Kinetic Imaging Group Show, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA, 2007
We and Us, Play Space, California Collage of Art, San Francisco, CA, 2007
1708 Forum, Capital One, Richmond, VA, 2006
Group Show, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA, 2006
Faculty Show, Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, PA, 2005
Post Baccalaureate Thesis Exhibition, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, 2004
Abandoned Spaces, Selinsgrove, PA, 2004
Art of the State, State Museum, Harrisburg, PA, 2003
Post Baccalaureate First Year Exhibition, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, 2003
Group Show, Magpie Gallery, Lewisburg, PA, 2003
Ten Years of Collecting Photography, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, 2003
Photography 22, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ, 2002
Senior Thesis Exhibition, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, 2002

VISITING ARTIST/LECTURER

Presentation of Recent Works, History of Photography Seminar, Haverford College, Haverford, PA 2012
Artist Talk, Flash Point Gallery, Washington, DC, 2008
Graduate Artist Invitational Forum, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA, 2006
Recent Works, Department of Fine Arts, Haverford College, Haverford PA, 2005
Photography and the Postmodern Identity, Department of Art and Art History, Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA, 2004
Artist Talk, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA, 2004


AWARDS/GRANTS


VCU Photography and Film Graduate Assistantship, 2007-2008
VCU Travel Grants, 2007-2008
Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Fine Arts, Bucknell University, 2002-2004
Haverford College Departmental Honors in Fine Arts, 2002
Operation Understanding, International Travel Grant, 1997-1998
Philadelphia Futures, Mentor and College Scholarship Award, 1994-2002

BIBLIOGRAPHY   
Line Zero, June 2012
Through The Plain Camera, Robin Rice, ArtNews, March 2011
Through The Plain Camera: Small And Shapely Pleasures In Contemporary Photography, Catalogue, Haverford College, 2011
A Picture Perfect Time for Pictures, Edith Newhall, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 2011
Introductions/Introducciones Vita Litvak – Black Boots Ink, May 2011


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