Biography: John Trobaugh was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1968. He studied photography at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and received his BFA in 1996 with honors. He went on to do graduate studies at The School of Visual Arts in their Photography and Related media program in 1997. After returning to Birmingham, he taught courses in photography and computer graphics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and worked as a commercial graphic design artist. In 2002 he received his MA and received his Masters in Fine Art from the University of Alabama in 2003 Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is currently teaching part time at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His series, called Double Duty, are photographs are using the 12” dolls to make social commentary. Trobaugh’s photographs uncannily portray human likeness and gesture. As a new faculty member at Shelton State Community College he was invited to show his work. After making an agreement to show his work, and his work was on display, the college decided his work was too dangerous to remain on view. His photographs have been published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, The Advocate and several local and regional newspapers. Richard Meyer, Chair of the Art Department at The University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, spoke about his work at a presentation in The Smithsonian National Gallery. "Fraternization" was also on the cover of ART PAPERS. "Intersection" is also featured in Georgia State University's show about american censorship called "Potientially Harmful: The Art of American Censorship." The series in the form of large format polaroids will be included in a show sponsored by the Warhol Foundation called Politics! Politics!: Part of a series of exhibitions called Questions to the New South.
Country: United States
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