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Associate Professor Leighton McWilliams and MFA Candidate Jackson Echols in Colorado Show

For this year’s Modest in Scale exhibition at Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, Colorado, two UTA affiliates, Leighton McWilliams, faculty in the Photo area, and Jackson Echols, MFA in Studio Intermedia candidate, will be exhibiting their work alongside one another. Unbeknownst to either prior to being accepted, the two have worked together for nearly three semesters, yet didn’t realize until after the fact that they would be sharing acceptance to a prestigious small works show. This year’s juror was Doug Stapleton. Stapleton is a visual artist, curator and educator. He is an Assistant Curator of Art with the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery and an adjunct faculty in the Interdisciplinary Arts graduate program at Columbia College Chicago. 

            In addition to this show, Echols has exhibited extensively across the nation over the past two semesters while enrolled at UTA as a graduate student, with shows (current and future) in Denver, Richmond VA, Alexandria VA, Los Angeles, Fort Worth, Atlanta, Minneapolis and others. Heworks primarily with light sensitive materials in duration style installations, as well as with a few alternative photographic processes such as chemographs and pinhole photographs. His work can beviewed online at

            Leighton McWilliams is an Associate Professor/Associate Chairperson in the Art and Art History Department. Leighton's work has progressed from straight, silver work to elaborate, multi-media art work. He has recently been making pieces that are a combination of photography and sculptural concerns. His work encompasses techniques of silver, non-silver, photo-enameling, transparency, view camera, plastic "toy" cameras and a stint as a studio manager and commercial photographer. Professor McWilliams has taught photography, film, and video production over the past 30 years. He was the first University Fellow in the Art Department at Florida State University while working toward his MFA degree. He also has film credits that include director of photography, gaffer, crane operator, sound effects editor on award winning short films and features.