Stephanie Glass Solomon – Photographer

Stephanie Glass Solomon

Stephanie Glass Solomon is a Professor Emerita from Antioch University Los Angeles, and a California Artist Activist.

In 2020, Stephanie’s photo Alone Together in the Pandemic finished 2nd in the Aging As Art competition. Her image, titled ZedenkaHolocaust Survivor, was also chosen for exhibition. The award is by the Southern California Council on Aging.

In July 2018, Stephanie received her second photography award from The Puffin Foundation, LTD. This award was given to support a Foot Soldiers for Justice exhibit at Antioch University Los Angeles. The exhibit, from October to November 2018, was part of a Get-Out-the-Vote campaign. February 2018, images from the collection were shown at the Santa Cruz Art League for the exhibit, Spoken & Unspoken. Also in 2018, the video Foot Solders for Justice was shown, from a national juried call, at the Women’s Caucus for ArtArt Speaks! Lend Your Voice, in Santa Monica, CA.

February 23, 2017, images from the collection, Foot Soldiers for Justice, were on temporary exhibit at the US Department of the Interior National Historic Selma to Montgomery Trail Museum, in Selma, AL., at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The work was part of the opening of two new galleries and permanent exhibits in the museum. In the future, images from Foot Soldiers for Justice will travel the two other Historic Trail Museums in Montgomery and Lowndes County. Photos will also be archived by the Museums for future generations. (They are home.)

In 2016, the Foot Soldiers for Justice video was included in the political exhibit “Three Rings and Two Parties; The Election Circus,” at the Wiseman Gallery, on the Rogue Community College campus, Grants Pass, Oregon. Stephanie received her first Puffin Award for Photography for Foot Soldiers Never Die in 2016.

In 2012, she received the Mario Fratti and Fred Newman Award for Political Playwriting for the play Being Moved. In 2010, Stephanie received the Creative and Performing Artists and Writers Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society for American Voices: Spirit of Revolution. In 2008, she co-wrote and produced American Voices for the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage. It was directed and narrated by Dustin Hoffman, and the chamber orchestra for the oratorio was conducted by Maestro Kent Nagano, who was also the Artistic Director. The cast included Annette Bening, James Cromwell, Rosario Dawson and Nate Parker. In 2005, Stephanie produced Kent Nagano’s Manzanar: An American Story by Philip Kan Gotanda and three prestigious classical composers. That cast included Martin Sheen, Kristi Yamaguchi, and John Cho. The work toured and was performed at UCLA’s Royce Hall, Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall, and in Santa Cruz at the Pacific Rim Festival. Both Manzanar and American Voices were broadcast on Public Radio. She received a Nathan Cummings Foundation grant for Manzanar in 2003.

Stephanie has also been a jazz/multimedia performer (using the name Stephanie Glass). She toured the U.S. and Canada singing jazz and, in Los Angeles, wrote, produced, and performed the one-woman shows The Liberated Chanteuse and Intimate Illusions. Her multimedia piece, Jazz, Gender and Justice, received a grant from the Cultural Affairs Department, City of Los Angeles, and was presented at the California State University Northridge Performance Arts Center, 2001. Stephanie also performed music from that work at Santa Monica College in 2002. From 2000 to 2003, she received grants, produced, and performed at the Museum of Cultural Diversity in Carson, Ca. as a support to that community enterprise.

Her earlier works, Blue Heaven, for the stage, and the radio play, Moving On, were produced in New York in the 80’s.

On the faculty at Antioch for over 23 years, she served as Chair of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, taught liberal studies classes, designed programs to bring the arts to Los Angeles communities, and produced works for the Antioch campus including Squeeze Box and Marx in Soho. Among her articles is An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton 2015, published on RSN, and the essay, with C. Armon, Learning and the Good Life: Reconceiving Adult Education for Development, appearing in the book Creativity, Spirituality and Transcendence, Ablex Publishing Co., 2000. She is a recipient of Antioch University’s Distinguished Service Award.

She is also a member of the Dramatists Guild. Stephanie graduated UC Berkeley with a B.A., and later earned an M.S. at the University of Southern California while a Norman Topping Fellow. She then completed an M.A. from the New School for Social Research. She is Phi Beta Kappa.

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Funding for Foot Soldiers for Justice has been made possible by the Puffin Foundation.
Thank you to Global Exchange for the amazing Reality Tour to Selma.

2020

Aging As Art 2020 

Stephanie’s photo Alone Together in the Pandemic finished 2nd in the Aging As Art competition. Her image, titled Zedenka –  Holocaust Survivor, was also chosen for exhibition. The award is by the Southern California Council on Aging. The award-winning photo can be seen online at: 

https://www.coasc.org/events/aging-as-art/winning-photographs/ 

Photos will be exhibited at John Wayne Airport, the Bowers Museum and the Newport Beach Library in Southern California.

2018

Get Out the Vote: Foot Soldiers for Justice

This was an exhibit of 48 photos from the collection Foot Soldiers for Justice and a showing of the video.
When: October 1 – November 6, 2018
Where: Antioch University Los Angeles, 400 Corporate Point, Culver City, CA. 90230
Opening Reception: October 4, 5-7pm

Spoken & Unspoken, A National Art Exhibit

Images from Foot Soldiers were on exhibit in this juried show.
When: January 5 through February 4, 2018
Where:  Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA

The Woman’s Caucus for Art, “ART SPEAKS! Lend Your Voice

The video Foot Soldiers for Justice was shown. It was chosen from a national call and juried selection process.
When: Opening Reception: Thursday, February 22, 2018 during the 2018 National Conference of the Women’s Caucus for Art with Closing Reception March 10th, International Women’s Day.
Where: “ART SPEAKS! Lend Your Voice” exhibition, Arena 1 Gallery in Santa Monica, CA.

2017

US Department of the Interior National Historic Selma to Montgomery Trail Museums, New Galleries Opening Event

Eighteen images from the collection Foot Soldiers for Justice were on temporary exhibit. The work was part of the opening of two new galleries and permanent exhibits in the Historic Museum. Representative Terri Sewell and Selma Mayor Darrio Melton attended the opening, along with many of the Foot soldiers who crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge with Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965. Stephanie was honored to have been in attendance, as well. In the future, images from Foot Soldiers for Justice will travel the two other Historic Trail Museums in Montgomery and Lowndes County. Photos from the entire collection will be archived by the Museums for future generations.
When: February 23, 2017
Where:  US Department of the Interior National Historic Selma to Montgomery Trail Museums, in Selma, AL. at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Black History Month

When: February 24, 2017
Where: Photos from the Foot Soldiers collection, along with the slideshow video, were displayed at Antioch University LA in Culver City, as part of their Get-Out-The-Vote efforts, and acknowledgement of Black History Month.

2016

“Three Rings and Two Parties; The Election Circus.”

The Foot Soldiers for Justice video was included in the political exhibit.
When: November 2 to December 7, 2016.
Where:  The Wiseman Gallery, on the Rogue Community College campus, Grants Pass, Oregon.

News and Media

Please note:  In 2015, I wrote “An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton Because #Blacklivesmatter.” It was published in Reader Supported News. I added it here as it is relevant to the topics being discussed in 2020. It addresses the racial-class divide and Blacklivesmatter.  Please consider going to the RSN site and reading the article. 

Reader Supported News: An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton September 2015 by Stephanie Glass Solomon

August, 2020 – Stephanie’s photo Alone Together in the Pandemic finished 2nd in the Aging As Art competition. Her image, titled Zedenka – Holocaust Survivor, was also chosen for exhibition. The award is by the Southern California Council on Aging.

The award-winning photo can be seen online at: https://www.coasc.org/events/aging-as-art/winning-photographs/

Photos will be exhibited at John Wayne Airport, the Bowers Museum and the Newport Beach Library in Southern California.

November, 2018 – Stephanie received her second Puffin Foundation, LTD, Photography Award on July 18, 2018. The award supported the “Foot Soldiers for Justice” exhibit about the Right to Vote, at Antioch University Los Angeles. Running from October 4 to November 8, 2018, the exhibit was part of  “Get-Out-the-Vote” efforts for the 2018 mid-term elections.

October 4, 2018, Stephanie was featured in The Easy Reader, both the newspaper and online. The article by Ryan McDonald is called, “Hermosa Woman Captures Legacy of Bloody Sunday.” The online article can be found at: easyreadernews.com/hermosa-woman-captures-legacy-of-bloody-sunday

Stephanie Glass Solomon’s Foot Soldiers for Justice on the Antioch University Los Angeles website

Global Exchange blog on Foot Soldiers for Justice

Requests

A complete portfolio of the project Foot Soldiers for Justice is available upon request for appropriate venues, exhibition, and for print and online media. There are approximately 110 photos in this collection.

The narratives in the “Reflections” section may be used with my permission.

The video may be ordered for use during voting rights events and broader educational activities.

I am particularly interested in supporting persons, organizations, and movements promoting social justice, and those addressing voting issues such as voter suppression, registration, and civic education. As an Artist Activist, I would like to make the project available for a wide range of actions, so please contact me with your ideas.

Contact Information
Stephanie Glass Solomon
Stephanieglasssolomon@gmail.com

Deep gratitude and appreciation goes to:

  • Dan Harmon for all his artistic support, editing, patience, and love. Without him none of this would be possible.
  • Ana Osling, Web Design
  • Reality Tours and Global Exchange, and to my travel companions in Selma, Andrea Lyman, Ann Pruden, Robert O’Sullivan, and especially Kirsten Moller, our guide and teacher.
  • Dr. Andrea Lyman for her companionship on the D.C. trip.
  • Audrey Mandelbaum, Curator
  • Sam Harmon for his ongoing encouragement and help.
  • Jimmy Aristizabal, Studio Assistant
  • Susan Vogelfang
  • Karen Schuler
  • Nancy Hollander
  • Dale Franzen
  • Charlotte Hildebrand
  • Antioch University Los Angeles, especially the Liberal Arts Program.