2012 UCF Bachelors of Science in Photography Graduation Show

Opening of “For Your Eyes” Exhibition

The “For Your Eyes" exhibition is being held at Gallery 500, UCF Center for Emerging Media, 500 W. Livingston ST, Orlando, FL, 32801.  The exhibition will be open from May 4th to May 7th, 2012.

An opening reception will be held on May 4th from 5-7pm and refreshments will be served.  All of the exhibiting artists will be present at the opening - come meet us and see all our hard work and your donations being put into action!

The gallery will also be open on Saturday, May 5th from 12-5pm and Monday, May 7th, from 5-7pm.


Le Petit SouvenirsTranslation: “Small Memories”   
This is a storybook of fleeting moments in my day-to-day life as I learn to cope with post-traumatic stress and severe anxiety disorder resulting from a violent assault eleven years ago. This disorder turned my life upside down and I later developed some unhealthy habits. Through the use of photography, I traded these “bad habits” for the obsession of art.  All of these images are taken with my iPhone 4s and edited using apps on both my iPhone and my iPad. I apply the same principles of light and composition used in traditional photography but now I feel more freedom to stop and capture images that I may not have deemed “worthy” of my dSLR and expensive lenses. My iPhone somehow feels more unobtrusive and private. I find solace and a renewed sense of self-worth and power in my art. It gives me independence from the other side of myself that I am reluctant to admit exists; behind my camera, I am always happy and “normal”.  Please check out more of my work at my blog, www.artvandal.tumblr.com.

MK “Kat” Fluharty

I grew up in a small, rural town in Central Florida, born in a typical working class family: my mother the nurse, my father the small business owner without a high school diploma. The pair was thrust into parenthood much too young; in their late teens, they were ill prepared to rear a family, and often left my sister’s and I struggling. Conditions improved as I grew older, more responsible, and self sufficient, but nothing’s perfect. This project explores past moments with my family, vivid memories remembered from my childhood. However, it is often the case with stale memories to gloss over the imperfections, to be left with some romanticized version of the event. Floating around in our subconscious they become skewed and distorted; a sort of idealized untruth that we now recall as fictitious fact. These “false memories” dismiss the unpleasant, but sometimes it is necessary to remember events in your life as they actually happened.

Jillian Browning

Exploring the relationship between myself and my compulsive obsession with gaming through a photographic process will provide me with a metaphysical awareness of its affecting properties. My hopes lie in a therapeutic session when I share these photographs. Just as a rehab group would meet, hearing the stories of others strengthens the individual, and a reciprocation of this effect cascades. With awareness I can begin to diffuse the thick veil of computer programming hazing my vision of the people around me, the places I wish to visit and the experiences they offer.

Paden DeVita

“… Wonderful how completely everything in wild nature fits into us, as if truly part and parent of us.”  -  John Muir

Nature is magical and inspiring.  Since childhood, I have observed many small, astounding details that connect nature and human civilization, such as a spinning ferris wheel and a bouncing, dew-covered spider web.  Nature and human civilization overlap, evolve, and change, yet they manage to stay the same.  These correlations fascinate me and I feel compelled to observe them and record their existence.

Deborah Habora
Megan Gross

Children observe their surroundings and try to make sense of it all through miming and play. That is the idea behind this project; to capture a moment of play. 

Leah Pitrone
We are looking for donations to help us print a show catalog, promotional materials (such as postcards and posters), provide food and drink at our show opening, etc. Our goal is $1200, a large chunk of which is for printed catalogs, and if you donate $50 or more you will receive one. They will include photographs and artist statements from each of the artists exhibiting work and are a tangible keepsake from “For Your Eyes”.

Please consider donating through our secure PayPal “donate” link at the top of the page. Any pledges of at least $5 will receive a thank you gift!

We are looking for donations to help us print a show catalog, promotional materials (such as postcards and posters), provide food and drink at our show opening, etc. Our goal is $1200, a large chunk of which is for printed catalogs, and if you donate $50 or more you will receive one. They will include photographs and artist statements from each of the artists exhibiting work and are a tangible keepsake from “For Your Eyes”.

Please consider donating through our secure PayPal “donate” link at the top of the page. Any pledges of at least $5 will receive a thank you gift!

For Your Eyes

For Your Eyes” is the exit exhibition for the 2012 UCF Senior Class from the Bachelor of Science in Photography program.  This exhibition will showcase our different perspectives within the visual medium of photography.  Each artist showing in this exhibition seeks to open viewers’ eyes via their own unique vision.  Organizing this exhibition is a great undertaking so any donation, large or small, is welcomed.  With your contribution, we can make “For Your Eyes” a reality.  We hope to see you at the opening of “For Your Eyes” on Friday, May 4th, 2012.

Thank you,

- Class of ’12

Jillian Browning
Michael Campbell
Paden DeVita
M.K. Fluharty
Megan Gross
Deborah Habora
Claire Mitchell
Leighton Ohlson
Leah Pitrone
Christopher Wegman