New USF Art Gallery announces inaugural exhibit

“Bird and Railroad Tracks,” a 1957 photograph by Joseph Sterling, will be included in an upcoming exhibit of Sterling’s works at the USF Art Gallery in downtown Joliet.

“Bird and Railroad Tracks,” a 1957 photograph by Joseph Sterling, will be included in an upcoming exhibit of Sterling’s works at the USF Art Gallery in downtown Joliet.

University of St. Francis alumna Deborah Sterling has generously provided the works of her late husband, noted photographer Joseph Sterling, for the inaugural exhibit at the University of St. Francis Art Gallery in downtown Joliet, Ill. The works will be showcased from Sept. 3 through Oct. 11, 2013.

Born in El Paso, Texas in 1936, Joseph Sterling moved to Chicago in 1957 to study at the Institute of Design. After graduating, he had a successful career as a corporate & industrial photographer and educator, teaching at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Institute of Design and Columbia College, Chicago.

During his tenure at Columbia College, he helped to establish the photography department.

Of his many artistic projects, Sterling is best known for his work on adolescence that began as a graduate thesis and was published in 2005 as The Age of Adolescence by Greybull Press.

Sterling’s work can be found in many collections including Museum of Modern Art, George Eastman House, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.

The USF Art Gallery is located at the university’s Rialto City Center Campus, 25 E. Van Buren St. in Joliet. Call (815) 740-6446 for gallery hours of operation.

The University of St. Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit www.stfrancis.edu

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