Stephanie Dowda: Genius Loci
Exhibition: April 3 - May 16, 2015
Opening Recption: Friday, April 3, 2015, 6 - 9 p.m.


Institute 193 is pleased to present “Genius Loci,” an exhibition of works by Stephanie Dowda. 

“Genius loci,” Latin for “spirit of place,” comprises several large-scale photographs from Dowda’s Topophilia series. Some of the works in this exhibition were photographed in Kentucky, and some will be revealed for the first time at Institute 193. However, all of the images are united by Dowda’s powerful ability to draw the energy of a physical place through a camera lens. Far beyond mere representational landscapes, the works exhibited in “Genius Loci” are fascinating products of the intersection of the mechanical and the spiritual. They are at once discernable and elusive. Says Dowda of her work: “Places contain history, emotions and sensations as energy which we experience as visceral feelings transmitted by the natural world. Through my photography, I capture this energy as light onto film.”

Stephanie Dowda is a photographer living in her native city of Atlanta. Her most recent solo exhibition, Topophilia, was at Get This! Gallery last year. This year, Dowda has exhibited work in Paris, France, received an Idea Capital Award, and was named the 2015 IndieGrit artist resident. Her work with Possible Press | Edition will be shown in the forthcoming exhibition “State Park,” curated by Mike Calway-Fagen. Dowda is a Hambidge Fellow, Studio Artist with the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Cabin Time Fellow, Frontier Fellow at Epicenter and a 2013 Baum New American Photographer Award Nominee. Her work has been featured in such publications as Oxford American, ArtsATL, BurnAway, Bad At Sports, and more.

“Genius Loci” will be on view at Institute 193, 193 N. Limestone St., Lexington, KY from April 3 to May 16 with a reception on Friday, April 3 from 6 - 9 pm. Regular viewing hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm. Exhibitions at Institute 193 are always free of charge and open to the public.