Jeff Murphy & Heather Freeman are both digital & mixed media artists with long, successful careers. They are both art professors at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, they are married to each other, and their newest collaborative exhibition Dig & Momma’s Boy opens Friday, March 1 at the Alliance for the Arts with an open reception from 5-7:30PM.
Jeff Murphy has been working with digital media for more than a decade, exploring a wide range of production and publication techniques in a quickly advancing and dynamic field. He has exhibited online in curated exhibits such as @art (the University of Illinois) and Digitally Born (the Alternative Museum, NY), developed interactive multimedia projects for both the Web and CD ROM, and has also shown works in traditional gallery and museum settings with solo exhibitions at such places as The Mint Museum of Art, The University of Notre Dame, and The University of Colorado. His work has been published in publications including WIRED Magazine, World Art Magazine, and the textbook Exploring Color Photography. Murphy is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he teaches digital imaging, interactive design, photography, video, and animation. He received his BFA from the Ohio State University in 1989 and his MFA from the University of Florida in 1995.
Heather D. Freeman is Associate Professor of Digital Media at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte where she teaches digital print, animation, video, installation and drawing. She grew up in Skillman, New Jersey and was heavily influenced by her parents’ careers in the sciences. She holds a B.A. in Fine Art and German Studies from Oberlin College and an MFA in Studio Art from Rutgers University. Freeman has worked as an art director, graphic designer, editor and animator in New York and New Jersey. She has also taught art, graphic design and visual rhetoric since 2001 at various institutions including the University of Kentucky and Clemson University. Her work is regularly exhibited regionally and nationally and has appeared in international exhibitions in Canada, China, Cuba, Germany, Hungary, New Zealand, Sweden and Thailand.
The opening reception for Dig & Momma’s Boy is Friday, March 1 from 5-7:30pm. It will remain on display until March 28. Jeff Murphy & Heather Freeman will hold a Gallery Walk & Talk on Saturday, March 2 from 10-11:00AM. Young Artists Awards artwork will be on display in the Member Gallery during the exhibit. Award winning vocalists from the Young Artists Awards will perform live during the reception. Artwork by Jason McDonald will be on display in the Theatre Lobby.