Landmark Arts at the Texas Tech University School of Art presents Project Barbatype by Scott Hilton and Bryan Wing, the sixth exhibition in the 2017-2018 SRO Photo Gallery Exhibition Series. Project Barbatype will be on view February 21st – March 25th, 2018. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
For Project Barbatype, Hilton and Wing use the tintype process, matching elaborate photographic process to the elaborate subject of facial hair. The care, craft, and time required for hand-made tintype photographs matches the deliberate and obsessive attention that facial hair competitors put into preparing their beards for competition.
Many competitors require hours of styling, as with any beauty pageant or fashion event. The tintypes reflect the carnivalesque absurdity proudly on display at beard competitions.
Scott Hilton received his BA in Art with a concentration in Photography from the University of Nevada, Reno, and an MFA in Creative Photography from California State University, Fullerton. He works with hand-made photo processes, and began making tintypes in 2009. He currently teaches photography as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Bryan Wing retired from competitive bearding in 2011 after receiving numerous “Honorable Mention” awards for his facial hair achievement. He earned is AA in Photography from Collin College in Plano, TX. He is currently pursuing a BA in Photography from Texas Women’s University.
The Landmark Arts SRO Photo Gallery is located in the Sub-basement of the Texas Tech School of Art Building. The Art Building is located at 3010 18th Street (near the corner of 18th Street and Flint Ave). Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. On weekdays, paid parking is available on the fourth floor of the Flint Avenue parking facility. Parking is free on weekends. Admission to the School of Art Galleries is free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.srophotogallery.org for more information.
Landmark Arts exhibitions and speaker programs in the Texas Tech University School of Art are made possible in part with a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation of Lubbock. Additionally, we thank the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts, our Dean, Noel Zahler, for the support provided for programs in the School of Art.