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Michael Godsil

Instructor in Art

Michael Godsil

General Interests
"My personal, creative photography is primarily of landscapes and nature details and is a mixture of color digital images and large format black & white images, made using a 4" x 5" field camera, analog film and traditional darkroom methods. Recent self-assigned projects have involved multiple trips to the American Southwest to photograph isolated, ancient pueblo ruins sites, a trip to Peru to photograph Machu Picchu and other Incan ruins, and a project photographing receding glaciers in Alaska, Montana, and the Canadian Rockies. Photographs from the ancient pueblo ruins and Inca sites are part of a sizeable solo exhibit titled 'Ancient Echoes in Stone.' The glacier images from Alaska were part of a recent solo exhibit, and fieldwork on that glacier project is ongoing. I also have many years of experience doing editorial, commercial and industrial photography on a freelance basis."

Years at Knox: 2005 to present

B.A., Studio Art, 2004, Knox College.
B.A., Economics and Business Administration, 1976, Knox College.
Summer session in photography, 1975, Colorado College.
ACM program, 1973-1974, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
Multiple master workshops with various photographers, including Ansel Adams, John Sexton, Bruce Barnbaum, Ray McSavaney and Ellen Land-Webber.

Teaching Interests
Basic photography (includes analog black and white darkroom processing and printing methods), digital photography, photojournalism, and history of photography.

Selected Professional Accomplishments

Served as an external evaluator of departmental staffing needs, space needs and existing curriculum for the Department of Art & Art History at Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, 2010.

Invited by the Figge Art Museum to contribute an essay about the landscape photography of Gerry Eskin, to be published in their exhibition catalog for Eskin's "Scale" exhibition in 2010.

"From Daguerreotypes to Digital Inkjet Prints: The Evolution and Challenges of Photographic Equipment and Processes", as part of a series of lectures the museum scheduled in conjunction with the "Tracks" exhibition of railroad photographs from the George Eastman House, presented at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa.

Chair of panel discussion on, "Wet & Dry: Integrating Digital Photography into an Existing Analog Photography Program," Academic Conference, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, 2008.

Gallery talk in conjunction with an exhibit of photographs titled, "In the Light: Photographs from the Sikkema Collection," Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa, 2008.

Solo Exhibitions
Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, Illinois, 2011.

Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, 2010.

Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, Illinois, 2008.

David Stawn Art Gallery, The Art Association of Jacksonville, Illinois, 2005.

"Ancient Echoes in Stone," Knox College, 2003.

Museum of The Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1989.

Caterpillar Corporation World Headquarters, Peoria, Illinois, 1984.

"Photographs of the American West," Knox College, 1984.

Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, 1984.

Professional Service
Served as an external evaluator of departmental staffing needs, space needs and existing curriculum for the Department of Art & Art History at Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, 2010.

Campus & Community Involvement
Faculty Advisor: Knox College Photo Club.
Served as a member of the Knox Biennial Review Task Force on alcohol & substance abuse policies.
Past-president and Foundation Chair of the Galesburg Rotary Club.
Secretary of the Galesburg Rotary Club Foundation.
Member of the Exhibitions Selection Committee of the Galesburg Civic Art Center.
Founding member and treasurer of the Galesburg Camera Club.

What Students Say
"Mike is more than a Knox professor; he became my mentor and friend. He genuinely cares about the students he teaches and often forms long lasting relationships with them. He encourages students to explore new types of photography and is always there for them if they need assistance, whether academically, socially or personally. He was one of the most caring and enthusiastic of my professors at Knox and I could not have asked for a better teacher, mentor and true friend."
-Evan Temchin: Visual Communications major, Journalism minor, College Honors in Documentary Photography & Photojournalism

"Mike teaches you how to think, process and learn, then do it all over again till the result is something you never imagined you could do. He recognizes talent and potential, and rewards hard work and perseverance. I will never forget the lessons learned; he went from being my strictest professor to my mentor and good friend, and will be for years to come. An excellent professor, one of the most caring individuals at Knox, and an excellent photographer!"
-Farah Ahed, Karachi, Pakistan: Anthropology/Sociology major, Photojournalism minor

"Michael Godsil has contributed in no small way to my Knox education. By working closely with him for the past few years, I have come to know him as a reliable, knowledgeable and concerned professor and friend. He is representative of everything I was promised as a Knox student: meaningful interactions with knowledgeable, concerned professors, actively engaged in the task of teaching."
-Veronica Kehoss, Studio Art and Economics major

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