Edith Bresler

Professor of Practice
  • Art and Music
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Education

  • MFA, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, MA
  • BFA, School of Visual Arts, NY

About Me

My photo-based practice includes text, sound and installation. Currently I am examining American communities through the lens of state-run lotteries. My projects have been featured on the PBS show Greater Boston with Emily Rooney, Business Insider, Lenscratch, Photo District News and Virgin Australia Magazine. I am also keenly interested in community collaborations and participatory projects. As artist-in-residence at The Boston Center for the Arts, I created an alternative economy based on photography, trust and trade exchange. Other solo exhibitions include the Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography in CA, The Griffin Museum of Photography in MA, and the Visual Studies Workshop and CEPA in NY State. I have received two grants from the Somerville Arts Council in addition to funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Berkshire Taconic Artist Resource Trust and the New York Foundation for the Arts. I also write regularly about photography exhibits in the Boston area for Photograph Magazine.

What I Teach

Through hands-on classes in both traditional and digital photography my students learn greater awareness, patient observation and critical analysis. Foundation courses continue with advanced classes in contemporary approaches, the practice of documentary, photography on location and alternative processes.

Research/Creative Activities

My projects examine American values with a recent focus on the overlooked main street economy generated by state lotteries. I concentrate on family-run convenience stores and marketplaces where a winning jackpot ticket was sold. After selling a winning ticket, stores become known as “lucky” and the resulting happiness contagion encourages brisk sales among local players. Whether you are pro, con or indifferent, it is likely your community depends on this revenue. My photographs of people and places represent overlooked stories of resilience, desire, money, hope and the American dream picturing an alternative to the familiar lottery coverage of ebullient winners holding a large facsimile check.

We Sold a Winner

Since 2009 Professor Bresler has been looking at the American landscape through the lens of state-run lotteries. By focusing on small family-run convenience stores and marketplaces where a winning jackpot ticket was sold, she seeks to humanize an overlooked by essential aspect of the American fabric. As the project continues growing, so has interest. The supplemental grant will bring the project as a whole, closer to completion. It supports photographing five new stories in three additional states: Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming.

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