The title of Regents’ Professor is the highest level of recognition bestowed on faculty in the Arizona state university system. It recognizes full professors whose work has garnered national and international distinction; no more than 3 percent of faculty can hold the title at any given time.
In addition, two faculty members have been recognized by the UA as University Distinguished Professors and two as University Distinguished Outreach Faculty.
All seven will receive formal recognition at a campus ceremony in January 2017.
Frank Gohlke, a professor in the photography division at the School of Art in the UA College of Fine Arts, is viewed by many in his field as one of the most important photographers of his generation living and working in the United States today. It is likely that everyone has seen at least one image from that set in popular media. A Laureate Professor in the School of Art and Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Creative Photography, he is a landscape photographer and essayist — a chronicler of the American landscape. His photographs have bearing on fields ranging from geology to architectural history, and his work is relevant to naturalists and philosophers alike. He is considered to be a true artist researcher. Gohlke’s reputation was launched in 1975 with the seminal exhibition “New Topographies: Photographs of a Man Altered Landscape.” It is claimed that this exhibition created a seismic shift for landscape photography, with a move away from the romance and elegance of landscape photographs toward a view of landscape as transformed by people working the land. Since 1975, Gohlke has been chronicling the landscape; some of his other noted works have included Grain Elevators, the Sudbury River and perhaps the most notable one, Mount St. Helen’s, a stark chronicle of an eruption and recovery. Gohlke has received two Guggenheim Fellowships (in 1975 and 1984) and two National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships (in 1977 and 1986). He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and is regularly invited to serve as chair or member of students’ MFA Master’s committees.
Information taken from the UA News website.