Breaking Through showcases the initial year of development for the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) Community Art Collection. MATC is breaking down barriers standing between students and their academic and career success, including providing a safe place where differences are valued and celebrated. The campus recently underwent many building renovations and the college is celebrating by recognizing our shared history and diversity in the display of art created by students, alumni, and community members. Breaking Through offers us a glimpse into the lives, hearts, souls and minds of these artists. Join us in celebrating this community connection.
These photographs, made by Jan Serr in China, illustrate her concern for color and composition. She is as confident behind a camera as she is in front of a canvas or a lithographic stone. Known for her paintings, prints, and drawings, Serr has made photographs throughout her career, using a wide range of cameras from a 4×5” sheet-loaded Toyo to a 400 mm Nikon single-lens reflex. Previously working in India, a country with a language and geography she did not know, Serr decided she would be a “street photographer,” shooting raw digital images with a small hand-held camera. “I needed to be fast, safe, and inconspicuous, whether I was working on Nanjing Road, on the Bund in Shanghai, or off a pagoda’s balcony in the countryside. My circumstances determined the type of equipment I used and the style of image I made,” says Serr. The Warehouse is free and open to the public Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.