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MCC Art Galleries Feature Photography by Millee Tibbs

[Wednesday, January 24, 2018]


"Yellowstone,"a photograph by Millee Tibbs of Detroit, Michigan, is featured in her exhibit titled "Mountains and Valleys," through Feb. 28 in Galleries One and Two, located inside and outside of the MCC library.

McHenry County College is hosting an art exhibit “Mountains and Valleys,” by Millee Tibbs through Feb. 28 in Gallery One and Gallery Two inside and outside the library, respectively.

Tibbs’ work derives from her interest in photography’s ubiquity and the tension between its truth-value and inherent manipulation of reality. Tibbs is an associate professor of photography at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She earned an MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony fellowship, as well as multiple national and international artist residencies awards. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally, most recently at Pingyao International Photography Festival in China, and at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York.

“I am particularly interested in the space where the authentic meets the constructed, and the real and the manipulated overlap,” Tibbs said. “My work has evolved into an investigation of idealized landscape imagery—the kind that is easily consumable and often commodified.”

She stated that cutting, folding, and sewing onto photographs, and more recently, darkroom manipulation, are gestures that she uses to “break the surface illusion” of these images and draw attention to their artifice. Her handling of these images reiterates that there is little untouched in these spaces.

The college is located at 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14 in Crystal Lake. For more information, call Sandra Lang, gallery curator, at (815) 455-8785 or email her at:

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