Mitch Eckert

Associate Professor


"Creativity occurs in the act of encounter and is to be understood with this encounter as its center" -- Rollo May • Professor Eckert chooses to photograph in color for its symbolism and the mood or tone associated with hues. He works with a medium format camera and on occasion utilizes digital media to create images. These photographs are of objects that he finds on his encounters and journeys in daily life. He feels that the objects in the photographs are metaphors for a specific moment in his existence. In essence, Professor Eckert is collecting consciousness. By incorporating text within the image he is allowing the viewer the opportunity to hear his voice resonate the memory that he has of the symbols he has arranged. In photographing these arrangements, he creates a record, a visual memory of a time and place in life.

Course Offerings

ART 106: Foundation 3D Design
ART 351: Introduction to Black and White Photography
ART 551: Lighting
ART 552: Digital Photography
ART 554: Experimental Photography I
ART 556: Experimental Photography II
ART 557: Advanced Photography
ART 555: Directed Study in Photography
ART 651: Workshop in Photography


Photography • Alternative and Historical Processes

One or two-person Exhibitions

2015   Natural Beauty, Photographs by Mitch Eckert & Nori Hall, The Green Building, Louisville, KY
2014    Surface: New Landscapes by Mitch Eckert, Cressman Center for Visual Arts, Louisville, KY
2013    Salt: Photographs by Mitch Eckert and Laura Hartford, McGrath Gallery, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY
2011    Mitch Eckert:Dialogue / Object, Cressman Center for Visual Arts, Louisville, KY
2008    Translations/Transitions: Pigment Prints by Mitch Eckert and Paintings by Deborah Thomas, Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY.
2007    Domestic I: New Works by Mitch Eckert and Ross McNary, The 930 Gallery, Louisville, KY
2006    Mitch Eckert: The Digital Still Life, The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Covington, KY (solo)
2003    Still Life, Doris Ulmann Galleries, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky (Solo)
The Digital Still Life
, Zone VI Gallery, Sinclair University, Dayton, Ohio (Solo)
Object, Memory, Dream: New Color Work by Mitch Eckert
, Photographic Archives Gallery, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky (Solo)
2001    Photos & Fiber: Montage and Collage, Erin Devine Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky(two person)
1999    Text and Objects, The Vine Gallery Louisville, Kentucky (Solo)
Photographs by Mitch Eckert & Richard Bram
, The Vine Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky (two person)
1998    Metaphor for Creativity, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN (Solo)
1996    Visions, The Columbia Club Indianapolis, Indiana (Solo)
The Visual Link
, Rosewood Arts Centre Kettering, Ohio
1994    Contemplated Journeys and Other Automatic Tales

Group Exhibitions

Magnitude Seven
, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Black + White 2016
, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO J/PR
Flora or Fauna 2016
, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis, MD J/PR
, Filter Photo Space, Chicago, IL Juried/Peer Reviewed
, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Photography Since the Millennium
, The Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany, IN
Photography Now
, Galerie Hertz, Louisville, KY
Soho Photo 2015 Alternative Processes Competition
, New York, NY
Losing Your Head
, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
, PYRO Gallery, Louisville, KY
Second Life
, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, Louisville, KY
PYRO Gallery 10th Anniversary Exhibition
, Louisville, KY
Faculty Exhibition
, Cressman Center for Visual Arts, Louisville, KY
National Collage Society 6th Annual Postcard Show, Kent, OH
iPhoneography: Updated Visual Dialogs, The Lunch Box Gallery, Miami, FL
Technology: High and Low
, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR.
Phoneography: photos from phones by Mitch Eckert and you
, The 930 Art Center, Louisville, KY.
, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY
, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
The First International Photography Annual
, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH