24,000 Nautical Miles: Photos from a Circumnavigation / by Monica d. Church

Here is an excerpt from Julia Fishman, Vassar College's Media Relations & Social Media Coordinator's, press release about the exhibition:  

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – A new photography exhibition, 24,000 Nautical Miles…Photos From a Circumnavigation, chronicles the sea-going adventure of artist Monica d. Church. The exhibition opens on Tuesday, September 9, at Vassar College’s James W. Palmer Gallery in Main Building with a reception in the gallery starting at 5 pm. Nautical Miles will run through September 17 and is free and open to the public.

 In the spring of 2014 Church circumnavigated the world on the 50th anniversary voyage of the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program. The journey lasted 112 days with 554 students visiting 16 ports. Church’s exhibition features photographs from her travels to 12 countries, including Myanmar, Ghana, South Africa, Japan, China, India and Vietnam.  More than 30 photographs will be featured.

 Church made the voyage with her family. Her husband, Robert Brigham, is the Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of History and International Relations at Vassar and he taught on the ship while their 13-year-old daughter was part of the trek as well. Church says the experience was an amazing one to have as an artist who is accustomed to often working alone. “It was a real gift,” she says, “to be able to travel the world with my family and get work done.”

 Church holds an MFA from the University of Kentucky. She considers herself a painter who works with photography and says the sea voyage clarified that she is not a travel photographer but rather an artist who is interested in what she terms “international street photography” and “the composition of images.” 

If you go to the portfolio section of this website and click on the 24,000 Nautical Miles cube you can enjoy the images if you can not see the show!