Of the Earth | 2020, digital photograph, 13" x 19"
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Member Portfolio

Mollie Schaidt

Philadelphia, PA

Résumé

Artist Statement

In this earthly life, with its blood, sweat, and toil, most find little comfort. Their hope is in the next life, with its promise of heavenly mansions nestled among lush pastures along streets paved with gold. They long for a future homestead where there will be no sorrow, pain, hunger, or burdens. My current project, When Pigs Fly, examines the realities, inequalities, and long-term effects of living near, or below, the U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines. An existence where families—including my own—long fora better future.
In my quest for a "better life," my mind has been conditioned to accept—without question—what I am "awarded" here on earth and remain eager to leave this world to claim my heavenly reward. My work questions these belief systems, while bringing an awareness to the social structures and systematic ills that oppress the poor. The aspirational myth of the quintessential "American Dream" physically and mentally oppresses the poverty-stricken. I contend that it is, in fact, only a "dream" sustaining a state of hopelessness and acceptance.
I am a member of this class of people, marginalized and blamed for our predicament. My intimate images and sculptural objects scrutinizes social class, the human condition, and the meaning of genuine happiness. My work's narrative addresses issues and traumas that negatively impact most lower socio-economic households in our nation: inadequate income, lack of education, insufficient employment opportunities, food insecurity, housing displacement, substance abuse, mental health issues, and low self-esteem.

Artist Biography

Mollie Schaidt is a Photographer and Sculptor from Virginia. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Photography from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Schaidt received her BFA in Photography and Print Media, and 3D Media with an emphasis in Sculpture, from Old Dominion University. She is concerned with systemic issues and social injustices impacting the lower socio-economic class in the United States. She examines the long-term effect of poverty on this population. Schaidt's current ongoing project, When Pigs Fly, is an experiential and personal work depicting her family and their current condition in a cycle of poverty.
Recently, Schaidt was the graduate recipient of Temple University's prestigious Future Faculty Fellowship. Her research has received regonition and awards from Old Dominion University, Temple University, Penland School of Crafts, and other institutions. Schaidt has been featured in print and online platforms including: International Center of Photography #ICPConcerned, Lenscratch, Don't Smile, Photographer's Forum Magazine, Float Magazine, Rfotofolio, and Fresh Blood Art.

Education

2021
Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Photography
2018
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
BFA, Photography and Print Media, and 3D Media

Awards & Honors

2021
InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA
Wind Young Fellowship, Recipient
2019
Rfotofolio, 2019 Rfotofolio Selections
Selected Top 3 Portfolios by Sally Davies, and Work of Merit by Brian Taylor
Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Future Faculty Fellowship Graduate Recipient
2018
King George Art Guild Biennial Art Show
Judges Choice Award, Honorable Mention
Penland School of Crafts
Neely and Thompson Photography Scholarship
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Student Travel Grant Recipient
Photographer's Forum Magazine, Best of College and High School Photography
Honorable Mention
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Undergraduate Research Symposium
Photography and Sculpture
2017
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Linda Jensen Endowed Scholarship for the Arts, Undergraduate Recipient
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
Genesis 2017: College Student Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Honors College Creativity and Research Symposium, Undergraduate Student for Sculpture
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Undergraduate Research Symposium, Sculpture
2016
King George Art Guild Biennial Art Show
Honorable Mention
2014
King George Art Guild Scholarship
King George Masonic Lodge Scholarship

Bibliography

2019
Interview, 2019 Rfotofolio Selections, Rfotofolio

Publications
2018
Best of College and High School Photography, Photographer's Forum Magazine

Professional Experience

2020 - Present
Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Graduate Assistant, Darkroom and Photo I
2016 - 2020
Personal Assistant to Photographer Greta Pratt, Norfolk, VA
2018 - 2019
Navy Child and Youth Programs, Norfolk, VA
Education Technician
2016 - 2018
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Studio Technician, Photography, Sculpture
Lectures, Panels, Other
2020
"Intersectionality in the South", Society of Photographic Education, Southeast Virtual Conference
Presenter
Art Alumni Event, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Presenter
Artist Talk, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Presenter
2018
Artist Talk, Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery, Norfolk, VA
Presenter
Hydro-dipping, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Presenter, Advanced Sculpture
Framing and Matting, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Presenter, Senior Show and Advanced Photo
2017
Artist Talk, Old Dominion University at Norview High School, Norfolk, VA
Presenter
Framing and Matting, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Presenter, Photo Seminar
Introduction to Metalsmithing and Introduction to Darkroom, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Guest Instructor
2016
Leadership Panel for Higher Education Research, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Panelist

Exhibitions

Solo
2020
Cursed is the Ground because of You, Stella Elkins Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2018
Waiting, Barry Arts Building, Norfolk, VA
Sculpture Installation
2017
Waiting, Brock Commons, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Sculpture Installation
When Pigs Fly, Exposure Gallery, Norfolk, VA
Studio 47 Sign, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Permanent Installation

Group
2020
#ICPConcerned, International Center of Photography
Virtual and Print Exhibition
Open theme Issue #101 June-July, F-Stop Magazine
Virtual Exhibition
Earth Mother/Mother Earth, Don't-Smile Photo
Curator: Noelle McCleaf
Virtual Exhibition
COVID 19 Pandemic Exhibition, Liminal, Cumulus Photo
Virtual Exhibition
2019
2019 Call Selection, Rfotofolio
Virtual Exhibition
Annual Student Juried Exhibition, Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery, Norfolk, VA
2018
BFA Thesis Exhibition: Cross Pollination, Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery, Norfolk, VA
CELLPHMADE, Thank You Gallery and Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Norfolk, VA
King George Art Guild Biennial Art Show, King George, VA
Best College and High School Photography 2018, Photographer's Forum Magazine, Pentax
2017
Student Juried Exhibition, Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery, Norfolk, VA
Open C(all) Exhibition, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA
Genesis 2017: College Student Juried Exhibition, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA
2016
PRESSing Matters Exhibition, Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery, Norfolk, VA
King George Art Guild Biennial Art Show, King George, VA
No Other, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Collaboration
2014
King George Art Guild Biennial Art Show, King George, VA

Curated & Juried
2016
PRESSing Matters Exhibition, Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery, Norfolk, VA
Curator
King George Art Guild Biennial Art Show, King George, VA
Curator
2015
King George Reflections Contest, King George, VA
Juror
King George High School Annual Art Exhibition, King George, VA
Juror
2014
King George Art Guild Biennial Art Show, King George, VA
Curator
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