Visual Arts Department
Born in 1971, Carol Golemboski's early interest in writing as a child
lead her to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art, Rhetoric and
Communications Studies at the University of Virginia. She took a
photography course as an elective in her sophomore year and was hooked.
She decided she liked this new form of expression and branched out
taking painting, drawing, and printmaking courses. Upon graduation,
Carol was certain she wanted to be a visual artist and went on to earn a
Master of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996 and a
M.F.A. in Photography at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999. Since
then, she has received numerous research grants and fellowships from
the American Photography Institute, Virginia Commission for the Arts,
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Society for Photographic
Golemboski's work is influenced by writers
she was exposed to over her lifetime (Shirley Jackson, Virginia Woolf,
Oscar Wilde, Emily Dickinson, and Edgar Allan Poe among others). Also,
Carol has been inspired by by the work of other visual artists such as
Joseph Cornell, Olivia Parker, Joel-Peter Witkin and Ralph Eugene
Her solo exhibitions have included shows at the Houston
Center for Photography, the Crealde School of Art in Winter Park
(2002), FL, Southern Light Gallery in Amarillo, TX, and the Photography
Gallery at Notre Dame University. She has participated in 38 exhibitions
in two-person, three-person or group shows in the past ten years and
has received multiple awards and publications.
Golemboski's work refers to the
pseudo-science of "object reading" which is defined a psychic ability
claimed by certain individuals to "divine" the history of items with
which they come into close contact. Her photos contain ordinary
belongings such as doll houses or bird cages to symbolically charged
items that suggest the human figure, such as dress forms, leg braces and
wigs. Most of the items used in her photography came from antique
shops, garage sales and flea markets.
Golemboski began the series
when she was at VCU in 1997. At VCU, graduate photography students were
housed in an old convent owned by the university. "Everyone swore it
was haunted," she remarked, "It wasn't a great environment for a
darkroom – there was paint peeling and holes in the ceilings – but it
provided a fantastic backdrop for my objects. Truthfully, the place
scared me, and I was interested in the psychology of that fear."
Carol is Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Colorado Denver and head of the photography program.