Me, myself & I, a Master of Fine Arts exhibition by Courtney Schmidt, features all black and white photographs utilizing the self-portrait to visualize the journey of self-growth. Referring to this body of work as “visual therapy”, she uses her art practice to make peace of past traumas and further her personal development in this unpredictable contemporary era. Within her exploration of identity, self-transformation, and self-acceptance, Schmidt uses the female nude within different spaces to express both literal and metaphorical realities of emotional passages. In this process, the self-portraits come together to display how acceptance of vulnerability can be channeled into a place of comfort and strength.
The University of Miami Gallery is open on a limited basis to University of Miami faculty & students. The gallery will remain closed to the general public for the time being. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and follow CDC and University of Miami guidelines closely. Hours are Wednesday - Friday, 10 am - 3 pm. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, February 13th, from 6 pm to 9 pm; by appointment only.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Raised in Nashville, TN with South Florida roots, Schmidt earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami in 2017 in Photography, Religious Studies and Marketing. Following completion, she returned to Nashville where she worked as a high-end retouching for Hudson Yards Studios’ largest client, Victoria’s Secret. She desired to step away from the commercial side of the industry and return to her preferred practice as a creator. Returning to the University of Miami in 2018 as a graduate teaching assistant in photography, she has allowed her work to be inspired and grow by using this time to extend her practice from her Miami studio practice to the great American West.