Faculty, Fellows and Visiting Artists

Faculty

The ITI faculty offer a wide variety of approaches to the written and visual arts. All are working contemporary artists who publish and exhibit their work in national and international contexts. Our faculty are dedicated to innovative approaches and traditions that value psychologically, culturally and politically engaged work.

Luke Stettner

Luke Stettner

Faculty & Fellows 2018
"On May 1st, 1938, my grandfather Harry Kassowitz took a single photograph of Manhattan island from the fore of a steamship less than a kilometer from the gateway of Ellis Island. He took this photograph with a Leica III. In a bazaar in Prague some sixty or so years later, I rubbed my finger over an engraved swastika atop the same model camera. The original photograph, for which there is no negative, would become incorporated into a piece of artwork I made that now sits in the dark of some storage unit in Bolzano, Italy, where it belongs to a collector named Antonio Dalle Nogare. My great grandparents Fred and Erma would later change the spelling of their surname to Casewitz; my mother would later shorten it to Case. What is the effect of this kind of assimilation and what are we to make of tiny erasures that fill our genetic line and fragment our identity? Here I have chosen to share a personal anecdote in lieu of a 'short bio.’ The task is the same: in what way does one choose to describe their own arrival? Luke lives with his partner Carmen Winant and son Carlo in Columbus, Ohio, where today they are expecting their second son in an aperture of two months time. He teaches Photography + Integrated Media at Ohio University in Athens, a small, Midwestern town named after an ancient city in Europe."