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Alexandra Opie

Department Co-chair; Professor of Art (Sabbatical for 2022-2023)

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

Art Building 307
900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301


Alexandra is on sabbatical for the 2022-2023 school year.


  • B.A., Southern Oregon University
  • M.F.A., School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston & Tufts University


Antique photographic processes (including wet collodion and tintype); building large and experimental cameras; exploration and exploitation of unique approaches to antique forms, resulting in photographs that have an eerie and otherworldly strangeness.

Classes Taught Recently

Introduction to Experimental Photography, Black & White Photography, Advanced Photography, Photography Now 


Alexandra Opie's artwork engages a central interest in image types and their ways of recording and presenting visual phenomena. Opie works primarily in wet collodion photography. She builds cameras and tinkers with perspective to grapple with questions driven by the intersection of past photography and current visual culture.

Alexandra Opie received a BA from Southern Oregon University in 1997 and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2000. Her artwork has been shown in museum and experimental spaces in Boston, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, St. Louis, San Francisco, and New York.

Willamette University

Studio Art

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6738 fax