Androgyny: An Exhibition by Lois Bielefeld Gallery Opening Reception
By: Kelliann Keeler
Parkside Galleries held an afternoon and evening full of events Thursday to celebrate the latest installation in the Fine Arts Gallery, Androgyny: An Exhibition by Lois Bielefield.
Bielefeld is a conceptual photographer, filmmaker, and Milwaukee native who splits her time between fine art and commercial/fashion photography. She has her BFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and from 2003-2010 she lived and worked in New York City. She is a 2012 recipient of the Nohl Fellowship and has shown at Inova, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, ArtStart, Portrait Society Gallery, and the Museum of Wisconsin Art. Lois is the recipient of the Luxembourg Artist Residence through the Museum of Wisconsin Art, which will begin in February 2015. Bielefeld is represented by Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee.
Bielefeld gave a presentation on her professional fashion photography and creative work, followed by a panel discussion on Gender in the Fine Arts Gallery. Panelists included Bielefeld, as well as Farida Khan, UWP Professor of Economics, Heather Kind-Keppel, UWP Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Dale Weiss, Milwaukee Public Schools Third Grade Teacher, Melissa Joy Bollow Tempel, Editor and Writer for Rethinking Schools, and Tom Parker, Queer Guy Native to Milwaukee. The panel was moderated by Linda Crafton, UW-Parkside Co-Director of the Center for Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Professor of Communication. Several of Bielefeld's subjects were in also attendance.