Share your creativity!
Widener Law will host an art exhibit featuring the photographs, paintings and sculptures of its student, faculty, staff and alumni community in September. The school will celebrate the show, planned along Main Street in the Delaware-campus Main Law Building, with a reception on Sept. 23. Submissions are invited by Sept. 3.
Contact Public Relations Officer Mary Allen for more information at 302.477.2175
It all started in the 1970s, when Linda L. Ammons
was working in broadcasting and began doing some freelance magazine writing. She needed photos for her stories, so a cameraman friend – who later went on to work for NBC News in London – gave her some pointers.
A lifelong passion was born.
Today, as Widener Law dean, Ammons serves as the school’s chief problem solver, fund-raiser, planner, ambassador, inter-campus traveler and cheerleader. She has also become the creative force behind a growing body of artwork gracing campus walls. Her black and white photographs hang in the Harrisburg administration building and around the Pit, and her modern, fine-art pieces are displayed in three buildings on the Delaware campus.
“My dream had always been to shoot for National Geographic,” she says, recalling her early days with the Nikon. “Work got in the way, so I never pursued it much if it wasn’t standing still in front of me.”
As her career evolved, so did her photographic interests – from faces and portraits to social documentary. While she has yet to be published in National Geographic, she is by all accounts an accomplished photographer. Her work has been included in numerous juried fine art exhibitions around the country, including in New York City and Philadelphia, and in their catalogs.
Her photographs have also appeared in Black & White magazine for collectors of fine photography, at San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora and in the book “Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to Present.” A shot in that book caught the attention of an official seeking artwork for the U.S. government to hang abroad. As a result, her photos are displayed at embassies in Qatar, Uganda and Georgia, as well as in some ambassadors’ homes.
And they are here at Widener Law.
Her latest work reflects an infusion of technology, and the touch of a kindred photographic spirit. Once or twice a year she visits the photography studio in the home of Visiting Law Professor Richard K. Herrmann
, where the two call up favorite shots on Herrmann’s oversized computer screen. There, she employs filters available through his Photoshop program to amplify colors, swirl images and create entirely new pieces from the pictures shot with her camera.
Herrmann, who has more than four dozen pictures hanging on the Delaware campus, is also an accomplished photographer. Once Ammons finishes manipulating her images, Herrmann runs them through his oversized specialty printer where they get printed directly onto canvas. Then he assembles a wooden frame for the canvas image and Ammons signs her work.
Together they’ve created fascinating pieces of art, and a true friendship. Both judge annual competitions for the Delaware Photographic Society.
“It’s somebody to share a passion with,” Ammons said.
“There are not a lot of people who can share the interest at this level,” Herrmann adds.
For Ammons, photography is a way to relax from the ambitious pace she keeps for Widener. She talks about her “seeing eyes” and how it takes about two or three days for them to really unfold before she’s visually prepared to capture images.
She likes shooting in nature – “It’s a creative force for me” – and she finds beauty in modern metals and glass. One piece of artwork hanging on the Delaware campus started out as a photograph of a power-generating windmill propeller. Another is a color-saturated, mega-magnified side of a palm tree. A series of three pieces in the Crown Court eating area began as one photo of a steel sculpture taken outside the San Diego Convention Center.
“I hope my artistic side has helped add beauty to the law school landscape,” Ammons said. “Creating this body of work has brought calm to my busy world. It is a joy to share it with my Widener family.”