Adriane Little

Adriane Little
Associate Professor of Art, Photography and Intermedia Area Coordinator and Associate Director, Gwen Frostic School of Art
Office: 
(269) 387-5803
Fax: 
(269) 387-2477
Location: 
K2132 South Kohrman Hall, Mail Stop 5213
Mailing address: 
Gwen Frostic School of Art
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5213 USA
Education: 
  • M.F.A., Photography, University of Buffalo
  • B.S., Education, Buffalo State College
Bio: 

Adriane Little is an associate professor of art and Photography and Intermedia Area Coordinator at Western Michigan University's Gwen Frostic School of Art where she teaches photography, video and intermedia. In the fall semester, she often teaches Intermedia Workshop, which is interdisciplinary and course topics vary from semester to semester. Recent topics include Ghost Hunting, Identity and Image, and Culture in Context. She is the faculty advisor for the registered student organization, Photography and Intermedia Collective (PIC).

Little's studio practice originates from the perspective of photographic processes, but also crosses media and theoretical positions.  The underpinnings of her visual work and research are at an intersection of trauma and ritual through an interrogation of a presence and absence of the maternal body. The translation of this space is both literal and metaphor or the architecture of an ephemeral maternal space that is embedded within what she calls the matrilineal ghost. As a continuation of these ideas, recent work turns to literature as a source of visualization. Literature is riddled with dead or otherwise missing mothers.

By both committee and invitation, her artwork has received national and international recognition in numerous exhibitions and video screenings.  Since fall 2006, her artwork has exhibited in 41 different venues in 37 international cities and in 57 different venues in 44 U.S. cities, including 8 in New York City.  Most notable and recent venues include; Gallery 1401 (Philadelphia PA), CEPA Gallery (Buffalo NY), Lost Coast Culture Machine (Ft Bragg CA), the Institute of Culture (Trbovlje Slovenia), The Center for Photography at Woodstock (Woodstock NY), Chelsea Art Museum (NYC) and the Leeds International Film Festival. Her short video art work, Spilled Milk on Banjo, has screened so far at 18 national and international festivals; including, the North Wales International Film Festival (North Wales UK), Siouxland Film Festival (Sioux City IA), Sunrise Film Festival (River John, Nova Scotia Canada) and Mykonos Biennale (Mýkonos, Kikladhes, Greece), among others. 

As independent curator, she has curated several solo and group video exhibitions. She has established two ongoing video exhibition series, The Frostic School of Art Video and Sound Art Series (solo exhibitions) 17 Days (group exhibitions), where 17 artists are paired with 17 days, plus 3 Ferris Wheels, which is a group video exhibition originating with the Gwen Frostic School of Art that has travelled to eight other galleries, both national and international. 

Studio:

Adriane Little, Mapping Mrs. Dalloway; 16" x 24" Digital Photograph on Hahnemuhle William Turner Paper

Adriane Little, Mapping Mrs. Dalloway; 16" x 24" Digital Photograph on Hahnemühle William Turner Paper