Cal Poly University Art Gallery to Exhibit ‘The Young Series’ by Amy Touchette

Artist lecture and gallery opening reception set for 4 p.m. Feb. 22

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly’s University Art Gallery will present “The Young Series,” portraits of teenagers in Oahu, Hawaii; Tokyo, and New York City, by artist Amy Touchette from Feb. 22 through March 16.

Touchette will open the exhibit with a talk at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in Room 149 of the Dexter Building (No. 34) on campus. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. in the gallery, located on the ground floor of the same building.

Throughout her career, photographic artist Touchette has explored connections between humanity, taking photographs of people within their social groups and communities. A documentarian and a street photographer, she has utilized the power of photography to create authentic portraits of those who interest her.

In 2012, The New York Times published images from New York Young, Touchette’s street portrait series of teenagers in New York City. The newspaper described the work as “a potent mix of street savvy and aching vulnerability.” 

New York Young inspired Touchette to make the same style of portraits of teenagers in Oahu and Tokyo to discover what teen culture looks like in three disparate island nations. She writes: “Before travel became so ubiquitous, island populations were more sequestered. … Their culture would reflect that isolation in that it felt more unified and unique than landlocked settings. Although the world is globalized now, significant remnants of each island culture still exist. I thought that because these three locations had strong and distinct personalities, it would create a more heightened and interesting visual experience.” 

Trained at the International Center of Photography, Touchette began her artistic career as a writer and painter, earning a Bachelor of Arts in literature and studio art and a Master of Arts in literature. Her first monograph, “Shoot the Arrow: A Portrait of The World Famous *BOB*,” was published and funded by Un-Gyve Press in 2013. Other publications include The New York Times, The New York Observer, and Esquire Russia. Her photographs have exhibited nationally and internationally, including MoMA-Moscow, Leica Gallery-Warszawa, Hamburg Triennial of Photography, and in the U.S. embassies in Vienna, Austria, and Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. She has given artist lectures at UCLA Extension, B&H Superstore, School of Visual Arts, and the School of the International Center of Photography, among other institutions. Touchette also works as a freelance photography writer for publications such as PDN, Rangefinder, and Emerging Photographer. She writes an ongoing series about street photography for Envato Tuts+. She is represented by ClampArt in New York City.

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About the Cal Poly University Art Gallery
The University Art Gallery is a venue for helping to nurture creativity, empathy, innovation, design skills, storytelling, and big-picture thinking by bringing bold thinkers, emerging and established artists, and creative professionals to campus. Providing a venue for five exhibitions each academic year, the University Art Gallery serves Cal Poly and the surrounding area. The gallery showcases nationally and internationally known artists, as well as student, alumni and faculty artwork.

Touchette Photos
Photo of young people in, from left to right, New York, Tokyo and Oahu.


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