Nov. 1, 2021
University of Missouri College of Arts and Science students Kylee Isom and Tristan Sheldon were recently named to Lenscratch’s “26 to Watch” list. The honor highlights the work of 26 international students who represent the next generation of photographic artists.
Isom’s work, which was featured at the MU Visual Art and Design Showcase (VADS), includes exploratory self-portraits as well as portraits of her sisters, grandmother and other women in her family.
“I think a lot about viewer experience, and I like people to be uncomfortable,” Isom said. “Mizzou helped me find out what I wanted to be as a photography artist.”
Sheldon said that the VADS experience taught him to be more thoughtful about curating and displaying his work and that being named to the Lenscratch list is an enormous confidence boost.
“VADS showed me that I need to present more than just pictures I like,” he said. “Lenscratch confirmed for me that I have potential, and that I can make it somewhere in the field. It’s a good feeling.”