The Instructors

Michael Sherwin 

Michael Sherwin is an artist currently based in the Appalachian mountains of northern West Virginia. From an early age he found inspiration in the phenomena of the physical world and has spent most of this life exploring and seeking wild places, including nine years in the American West. Using the mediums of photography, video and installation, his work explores scientific, cultural and historical interpretations of the natural world. He has won numerous grants and awards for his work and has exhibited and lectured widely. Sherwin earned an MFA from the University of Oregon in 2004, and a BFA from The Ohio State University in 1999. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Art in the School of Art and Design at West Virginia University. 

John Holmgren

Originally from Lakewood, Washington, John Holmgren received his Bachelor of Arts from Central Washington University in 2004, and in 2007 received his Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2010 he accepted a position at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and has been awarded many grants and awards. Holmgren has taught a variety of photography, mixed media and printmaking courses at numerous institutions, including the University of Minnesota, College of Visual Arts, University of Oregon, Prescott College and Wright State University. He is also an active member of the Society for Photographic Education and the College Art Association.