Student in Haiti
Lois Ingrum the CEO/President of L.D. Ingrum Gallery & Studio Inc (Ingrum Studio)., Ingrum Studio prides itself as one of the leaders in providing comprehensive range of photographic/graphic art, installation of fine art and signage. She has worked in media arts and conducted community arts programs since 1983. Her community arts experience includes work with Ranken Technical College, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Public Schools, North St. Louis Arts Council, COCA interchange, ArtWorks and Support-a-Child International. She has a B.S. in Business Management and is also a respected member of St. Louis’s arts community. In 2001 she became a Fellow of the Community Arts Training Institute (CAT), an intensive program sponsored the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) in 2013 she followed that up with a TIGER Fellowship. Lois Ingrum is presently enrolled in the Master of Science Education –Teacher Leadership at Walden University. Lois technical skills and artistic accomplishments as a photographer and her deep connections to the St. Louis community and its African-American culture make her a valuable source for the community. In addition to her busy schedule as a professional photographer and teacher, she has worked as an instructor for The Doll Photography Project since 2008.
Brief explanation of project and organization:
Since 2008, my work has involved the photographic exploration of sacred folk art or makeshift street monuments as a need for public healing, and closure as a reaction to violent deaths in our communities. As I began to explore my own community through the lens of my camera, my journey led me to eleven major cities across the streets of America, and several international countries. As I interviewed families, and loved ones who shared their loss and grief in moving video testimony with me, my work has addressed the fragility of violence, grieving, and mourning dynamics depicting an underlying need to place an impermanent, but everyday reminder that death can happen to anyone, and anywhere.
My photographs take a critical view of social, political and cultural displays of collective mourning in various U.S. neighborhoods, cities and communities. My aim with The Doll Project is to develop some understanding that creates avenues for open dialogue which gives worth to ALL lives lived, no matter their status. The two images, the collage and the working desk is just a small example of the multimedia exhibition of “The Doll Project”. The Doll Project exhibit includes an eight feet makeshift street memorial, poetry performance, peace flag workshop, over forty color and B/W photograph images of scared art totems from various cities in multiple sizes. As the exhibit grows (photographs of makeshift monuments can happen at any time or any place) so does the many video testimony from both the community and the family of falling love ones.