Heritage Habitats

Multimedia art of Ginger Owen Murikami

November 18 - December 23, 2022

December 16, 2022 – Artist Reception 6 – 8 pm

Saturday, December 23, 2022 – Last day of exhibition 

Heritage Habitats is a series of physical spaces installed in the gallery for contemplation and invocation of ancestry. Large scale vintage photographs are applied to sculptural mediums in order to create three dimensional installations that engage viewers and invoke a feeling of nostalgia and heritage. The source images are from Ginger’s family photo albums and are selected for their iconic nature, and typical of pictures that exist in all family photo albums. The installations that comprise Heritage Habitats explores collective memories, vernacular imagery and the act of pursuing one’s history as a universal human experience.

Ginger Owen Murikami

Ginger Owen is Professor of Photography and Intermedia at the Gwen Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. Owen-Murakami holds an MFA in Photography from Louisiana State University and a BFA in Photography from The University of Central Florida. Owen’s artwork derives imagery from narratives and themes of family history, race, gender, and culture. Her interdisciplinary practices include installation, sculpture, digital, traditional and non-silver photographic processes.  She has lectured, worked, and exhibited internationally and has been awarded numerous awards and grants including, a Fellowship at Tisch School of Arts, New York University, The Photography Institute; Ambassador to Takasaki, Japan; Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency; Artist Grants from the Arts Council of Kalamazoo; and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Residency.  Owen’s exhibitions include: Houston Museum of Art, Living Design Center OZONE, Tokyo, Japan, Texas Tech University, Stony Brook University, NY, Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, and the Center for the Living Arts, Mobile, AL. Owen is also in the following collections; Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, UK, Houston Museum of Art, Mc Neese State University, Lake Charles, LA; J. Paul Getty Museum, The Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, CA.