Our ten full-time faculty members ensure expertise in applied and non-commercial photography. Another ten professional and photographer and scholars add further diversity to the range of skills and ideas that students are exposed to at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies.
Benson, Steven www.stevenbensonphotographer.com
Steven Benson has specialized in editorial, annual report and advertising photography providing digital and traditional photographic services to publishers, advertising agencies, design firms and Fortune 500 companies. He has been sent on assignment throughout North America and Europe, as well as, Mexico, the Caribbean, Russia, Brazil and Japan for clients AT&T, Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Unisys, Borg-Warner, Allied Signal, Hughes JVC Technology Corporation and Canadian National Railroad, among others. Steven received his Masters Degree in Fine Art from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is the recipient of three Creative Artist Grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts and a NEA/ArtsMidwest Fellowship. His photographs are represented in museum collections including the Museum of Fine Art-Houston, Detroit Institute of Arts, Bibliotheque Nationale-France, Centre Georges Pompidou, and Museet for Fotokunst-Denmark. Recent solo exhibitions have been at FotoFest Biennial, Argentinean Biennial of Documentary Photography (2004), International Festival of Photography-Poland, Internationale Fototage Biennial-Germany (2005), International Photography Gathering-Syria, Daegu Photo Biennale-South Korea, Lianzhou International Festival of Photography-China, Odense Foto Triennale-Denmark (2006), FlatFile Galleries-Chicago (2007), and FotoFest Biennial (2008).
His book, The Cost of Power in China: The Three Gorges Dam and the Yangtze River Valley, with essays by A.D. Coleman and Dai Qing, was published by Black Opal Press (2006). He has been an educator, fine art and commercial freelance photographer for more than 25 years. He is on the National Board of Directors of the Society for Photographic Education.
Biferie, Dan - Chairperson www.danbiferie.com
Dan Biferie is an active artist and has displayed his photographs in more than 150 exhibitions nationally, which include “Contemporary Photography As Phantasy,” Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA; “Fact & Fiction: The State of Florida Photography,” Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; "20th Century American Photography," Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; "Four Southeastern Photographers," Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA; and “Dan Biferie, Digital/Photographs,” Galeria FF, Lodz, Poland. His works have been widely published and are represented in major public collections including, the National Museum of American Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, the High Museum and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. He has lectured and conducted workshops at numerous colleges and museums throughout the nation. He was awarded an Individual Artists Fellowship from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs for his work in digital imaging in 2008.
Dan is a Senior Professor and Chair of the Daytona State School of Photography, where he has taught for the past thirty-four years. He was founding director of the DBCC Gallery of Fine Arts, organizing more than 500 different exhibitions, lectures, workshops and seminars during his twelve-year tenure, and served on many state and national arts panels. He played a leading role in the creation of the Southeast Museum of Photography. He received his MFA and BFA from Ohio University and an AS in photography from Daytona State College.
Breitenbach, Eric ericbreitenbach.com
Eric Breitenbach is a documentary photographer and filmmaker who has exhibited his work in both media widely throughout Florida and the southeast. Since 1991 he has had films shown on public and cable television, and more recently has produced documentaries for The Sundance Channel, Fox, Lifetime Television, and National Geographic Explorer. His photographs have been published in such magazines as Newsweek, Details, The New York Times Magazine, Essence, and Information Week. He is one of ten photographers represented in A New Life - Photographs From The Suburban South, published by DoubleTake Books and W.W.Norton.
Eric has been a faculty member at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies at Daytona State College since 1981. He has also taught as an adjunct in the UCF film program and in the art department at Rollins College. He lives in Deltona with his wife Phyllis and an array of four-legged companions.
Burrell, Jason - B.S. Coordinator www.jasonburrell.com
Jason Burrell attended the Rhode Island School of Design Summer Program and earned a Bachelor of Art in Studio Art from Salve Regina University. For his junior year he attended Parson’s School of Design in Paris. His education continued with a Master of Fine Art in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a second Master of Fine Art, this time in drawing, from the University of Cincinnati. He exhibits his paintings and drawings across the country and internationally.
Jason serves as the program coordinator for the University of Central Florida component of the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies.
Jarvis, Elena - Journalism www.dscinmotion.com is the campus paper
Elena Jarvis is a veteran feature writer, columnist and editor, with more than three decades of professional experience for news organizations such as Gannett, Scripps-Howard and The Times Mirror Company. She also has an extensive freelance background and has taught journalism since 1989.
Before coming to Daytona State College in 2001, she was adviser of Student Media at the University of California, Los Angeles. Besides being the lead journalism professor, Elena is the student advisor for the student publications “In Motion” and “Ole”
Miller, Kevin - Director, Southeast Museum of Photography
Kevin Miller is the Director of Daytona State College's Southeast Museum of Photography. Since 2001 he has curated and presented more than 200 exhibitions and produced numerous exhibition catalogues and texts. With a background and studies in Photographic History and Theory, Art History and Museum Studies, he has previously held positions as the Department Chair of Visual Arts at Daytona State College, photography faculty at Southern Illinois University and as the head of photographic studies at Charles Sturt University and the Melbourne School of Art, both in Australia. Prior to commencing his academic career in 1986, he operated a freelance fine art and commercial photographic business. He holds graduate qualifications from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and an MFA from Southern Illinois University.
Monroe, Gary www.garymonroe.net
Upon leaving the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1977 with a Master’s degree in Fine Arts, Gary Monroe returned home to photograph the old world culture of Miami’s South Beach. Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cultural Affairs Division of Florida’s State Department, Florida Humanities Council and the Fulbright Foundation have supported his photography. His photographs of Haitian people, throughout Haiti and Florida, followed. He next photographed “the rite of passage” of vacationers at Disney World for a decade. Since, he has traveled to photograph in countries including Brazil, Israel, Spain, Cuba, India, Trinidad, Poland and Egypt. He is currently photographing the effects of corporate-driven architecture on the Florida landscape, among other interests.
His long-time fascination with outsider and vernacular art has led Gary to write about non-traditional Florida art. His book, The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters, was published in 2001. In 2003, Extraordinary Interpretations: Florida’s Self-taught Artists was released. Harold Newton: The Original Highwayman followed in 2007. His third Highwaymen book, about Al Black’s prison murals, was published in 2009. His book, Silver Springs: The Underwater Photographs of Bruce Mozert, was recently released, while his book about E. G. Barnhill, an early photo-colorist, will be published next year. He has written articles for magazines, such as Smithsonian, Folk Art Messenger and Raw Vision. .
Steven Spencer earned an MFA from Louisiana State University, a B.S. in Photographic Technology from Florida A& M University and an A.S. in Industrial Photographic Technology from Brevard Community College. He did additional graduate work at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. He joined the faculty in the University of Central Florida Art Department in 2003 where he teaches courses in the B.S. in Photography degree program as well as History of Photography courses.
Before teaching for UCF Steve worked in the professional photographic industry for over 22 years and has been published extensively. He was the photographer for the State of Louisiana’s Office of Tourism, managed a commercial photographic lab, and was employed as a photojournalist. He has conducted photographic workshops in academic and professional settings in the digital technologies, the archaic processes, photography as installation, and the fine art of book making. He has authored a Photoshop Skills Workbook and a workbook on the Art of Non-Silver Photography. Steve has exhibited in group and juried shows regionally and nationally with one-person exhibitions in Canada and the U.S.
Wyatt, Laine www.lainewyatt.com
Laine Wyatt is an Assistant Professor with the University of Central Florida where she has taught art and photography since 2000. She took an undergraduate degree in studio art/photography from the University of Florida, did postgraduate work at San Francisco State University and received her MFA in studio art/photography from Florida State University. Wyatt was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs in 1997, and a Faculty Development Grant from the College of Wooster in 1999 where she was a visiting professor. She was also awarded an Artist Enhancement Grant from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs in 2006, 2007 and again in 2008.
Laine has exhibited her work in approximately 100 shows across the nation and in Europe and has won a number of awards for individual works. She is an active member of the Society for Photographic Education and has served as Portfolio Reviewer at the national conference since 2005. She coordinates the annual thesis show for the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies/UCF seniors. She taught previously at the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH, and at Florida State University.