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By the time he was 12 years old, Jeffrey Rollinger knew that photography was the career he wished to pursue. When it was time to choose a college, it was an easy decision. Harford had an outstanding photography department and Professor of Art and Design/Photography Jack Radcliffe (now retired) had a reputation for excellence. In addition, HCC was a tremendous value and conveniently located in his community. “The level of education you receive from the first-rate faculty and staff of the College is unmatched,” Rollinger stated.
“I would never have guessed when I walked into my Photography I class that I had just entered the beginning of a great journey. I never would have imagined that many of those people would still be such a large part of my life. I never would have imagined that I had begun a path myself that would circle closed, completing a long sought-after goal. I never would have guessed the extent of the community my college was opening for me,” Rollinger said.
The foundation skills Rollinger learned at Harford were paramount in his moving forward as an artist and a photographer. During his years as an HCC student, he worked as an intern at The Aegis and as a work-study student in the photo lab.
Rollinger earned an Associate of Arts from Harford and a Bachelor of Fine Art from Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. He worked in commercial photography for three years before deciding to return to college to complete a Master of Fine Art from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His work has been displayed in several exhibitions across Maryland and other parts of the United States.
Jeff feels that he received a very well-rounded and diverse educational experience at the colleges he attended. He remembers his time as a Harford student with great fondness. “Harford Community College was my community’s college, and the art department felt like a community of artists working and learning together. Many of the closest and oldest friends that now surround my life I met while studying at HCC. We have now moved on to become members of the community’s photographic establishments, artists, photojournalists, commercial photographers, educators, designers, and the like.”
His instructional experience includes visiting assistant professor at Yuba College (Marysville, CA), as well as adjunct positions at Anne Arundel and Harford Community Colleges. He became a member of the HCC term faculty (Art and Design/Photography) in 2014.
Returning to HCC to teach was one of Rollinger’s dreams. When Jeff was hired, he said, “It was one of the greatest feelings of my life and the closing of a circle.” Over the years, Jeff kept in touch with many of his classmates and instructors. When Professor Radcliffe retired, Jeff decided that he wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a college professor of art and photography.
Jeff now teaches several photography track courses and oversees the photography department and staff. “I would like to create an ongoing environment at HCC that is welcoming, helpful, and influential upon others just as it was during my time as a student.” Jeff says the most rewarding part of his day is seeing his students get excited about the photographic process.
Jeff would definitely recommend Harford Community College. He knows for a fact that we have one of the nicest photography departments in the state of Maryland. “Studio spaces, digital space, B&W darkroom, color darkroom, advanced darkroom, Alt Pro Lab . . . all of this is part of our department.” He added, “The College is a forum that brings people together, people who are eager to learn and be creative. The school is deep rooted and committed to the county and its communities.”
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