2020-21 Exhibit Columbus Photography Fellows, Virginia Hanusik and David Schalliol have each been documenting parts of Columbus, the Heartland, and the Mississippi watershed from social, economic, and environmental perspectives. The Photography Fellows' work will be presented in innovative ways as part of the 2021 Exhibition opening August 21, 2021.

Check out this archived online event where Virginia and David talk about the work they've been developing over the past year, in conversation with special guest Jasmine Benyamin, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Exhibit Columbus Photography Fellows Virginia Hanusik
and David Schalliol in conversation with Jasmine Benyamin


Virginia Hanusik is a photographer whose work explores the relationship between landscape, culture, and the built environment. Her projects on climate change, landscape adaptation, and environmental justice have been featured in The New Yorker, Domus, Places Journal, NPR, The Atlantic, MAS Context, and Oxford American among others, and supported by the Graham Foundation and Mellon Foundation. Her project “A Receding Coast: The Architecture and Infrastructure of South Louisiana” challenges the visual iconography of the climate crisis and has been exhibited internationally.

She has lectured at institutions including Columbia University, Bard College, New York University, and Rutgers University about landscape representation and the visual narratives of climate change, and is a member of the Climate Working Group where she helps coordinate multi-disciplinary projects on the climate crisis with artists and scholars. She received her BA from Bard College and lives in New Orleans.

David Schalliol is an Associate Professor of sociology at St. Olaf College interested in the relationship between community and place. His writing and photographs have appeared in such publications as Social Science Research, MAS Context, and The New York Times, as well as in numerous exhibitions, including the 2015 and 2017 Chicago Architectural Biennial, the inaugural Belfast Photo Festival, and at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. He is the author of Isolated Building Studies, and his directorial debut, The Area, premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in April 2018.