Tuesday, February 17, 2015
4:00-5:00 pm: Guest Lecture with April Watson
5:30-8:00 pm: Opening Reception
“Established in 2001 and organized by the graduate photography students at Texas Woman’s University and the Photographic Artists’ Coalition (a student-run photography organization), the annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition provides a national venue for the exhibition of artistic expression as seen through the eye of the camera. Photographers from throughout the United States are invited to submit entries for the exhibition. The exhibition and endowment was established by Christine Shank and a small group of graduate students and named in memory of the mother of Professor Susan kae Grant. Exhibition proceeds fund the Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition Endowment, which supports photography scholarships for future graduate students in the Department of Visual Arts.
About the 2015 Juried Exhibition
April Watson, Curator of Photography at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO, served as juror for the 14th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition. Twenty- eight artists from throughout the United States and China were selected to exhibit their work. Artists include, Beverly Ahern, Ben Altman, Linda Alterwitz, Bennie Flores Ansell, Sarah Austin, Christine Carr, Bryon Darby, Marcus DeSieno, Garrett Hansen, Sharon Lee Hart, Abbey Hepner, John Holmgren, Paul Hooven, Allison Jarek, Priya Kambli, Janna Langholz, Holly Lay, Andy Mattern, Katie Newton, Ashley Raasch, Heather Ross, Jiehao Su, Jennifer Tremblay, Marydorsey Wanless, Angela Franks Wells, Linda Wilson, and Christine Zuercher.
2015 JEG Solo Exhibition Award
Selected by Elizabeth Siegel, Associate Curator of Photography, Art Institute of Chicago
Clare Benson, The Shepherd’s Daughter
My work is deeply rooted in my family history. After the death of my mother when I was eleven years old, I became increasingly curious about notions of family, memory, and mortality. I was raised by my father: an avid hunter, archery champion, and former hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. Growing up amidst the hunting culture of northern Michigan, I learned to see hunting as a tradition that ties humans to the natural world; a ritual that speaks to notions of mortality and the interconnectedness of life within a larger system. Before my father, my grandmother was a hunter and before that my great-grandmother, and long before that the stars made up constellations that told stories of the greatest hunts. In my work, the nuances of hunting and the rugged northern landscape of my childhood are woven with narratives of genealogy and gender, memory and mythology, time and space.”
Finding Your Audience: Marketing Master Class
January 21-26, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona
I accepted a group of participants for my Master Class from a larger pool of applicants based on two criteria: the maturity of their work and their level of experience in our industry. All had attended portfolio reviews and were beginning to place and publish their work. All agreed that traveling to beautiful, snow-free Tucson to be consumed with a rich dialogue on the changing marketplace for photography was a great way to kick off the new year.
Our site visit to the Center for Creative Photography was rich with information on best practices shared by staff members from six different departments. We learned about best practices for artists, from mounting, matting, installing and caring for your prints, informing curators about your work, engaging the public with your work through educational programming and much much more from the CCP’s inspiring and generous staff.
Terry Etherton from Etherotn Gallery offered sage perspective on the role of gallery in your career, and the increasing importance of the art fairs to today’s diverse collecting market. Interior designers Scott Baker and Mary Ann Hesseldenz shared their passion for placing inspiring artwork in the homes of their clients, and their role as conduit between artists and clients.
Rebecca Blume Rothman, Public Art Program Manager for the City of Phoenix shared her insights on the increasing presence of photography in public art projects and the related proposal/production processes, and artist Ken Rosenthal shared his successful Kickstarter experience to publish his catalogue Photographs 2001-2009. Last but not least artist Lisa M. Robinson spoke to the subject of her Afterword for Finding Your Audience entitled New Beginnings: Making New Work following the critical success of SNOWBOUND.
It was an amazing week and I am grateful to our Guest Speakers and our Course Assistants for their important contributions to our event.
Dates for January 2016 will be announced soon, stay tuned!
New Orleans Photo Alliance
Lecture by Mary Virginia Swanson:
YOUR EXHIBITION, THE VENUE and ITS AUDIENCE: Considerations for Planning a Successful Exhibition
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 2:00-4:00 pm
“Exhibiting your work is an exciting experience for all artists. But until you have the opportunity to present your work to the public, how can you understand the strategic and practical steps towards mounting a successful exhibition?
Whether your exhibition is being hosted at a public space or private venue, all artists should consider the audience that venue engages and work strategically to ensure a strong collaboration with its community.
In this illustrated seminar, Mary Virginia Swanson helps artists understand the issues of presentation, publicity, audience engagement through educational offerings, the value of producing an accompanying online/print publication and much more.
Artists attending this presentation will gain a broad awareness of the exhibition experience.”
Cathedral Creative Studios
527 Julia Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
“The ability of photography to reveal what is invisible to the naked eye has a rich history dating back to the advent of the medium. Often typifying the conflation of science and art characterizing early photography, the pursuit of the invisible by means of light-sensitive emulsions remains a compelling source of fascination for contemporary image-makers and their audience. Within the realm of art, this preoccupation with the unseen manifests itself in remarkable fashions ranging from the poetics of evocation to the dread of the unknown.
Bringing together the intriguing work of seven international photo-based artists, Shadows of the Invisible casts light upon a spectrum of energy fields, emanations, perceptual imaginings, and subconscious imaging rendered tangible by photographic technologies.
The exhibition will be on view October 11 – November 23, 2014. Featuring: Michael Flomen, David Maisel, Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Susan kae Grant, Shimpei Takeda, Amy Theiss Giese and Chrysanne Stathacos.”
Oakland University Art Gallery
208 Wilson Hall
Rochester, Michigan 48309
Artist talk to be held in 124 Wilson Hall.
“For nearly ten years, Cartagena has explored the relationship between Mexico’s urban centers and the suburbs built around them, examining the ways in which explosive growth has altered the landscape and affected the lives of residents. In this artist’s talk, Cartagena discusses the development of projects including Suburbia Méxicana, Carpoolers, and his latest work, Systematic Landscapes. Through these projects, Cartagena has found a way to shed light on issues surrounding the recent homeownership boom in Mexico by presenting many of the actors involved, from the buyers to the public bureaucrats promoting government loans. Cartagena explains how Mexico’s social and political context has proven to be both a benefit and a threat to many of these new buyers, opening up opportunities and challenges.
The program is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Seating is first-come, first-served, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Attendees may enter to win a copy of ’s Suburia Mexicana and a set of Ransom Center postcards. ”
Harry Ransom Center
The University of Texas at Austin
300 West 21st Street (at Guadalupe St)
Austin, Texas 78712
Wright State University, Robert & Elaine Stein Galleries
Lecture by Elena Dorfman
Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm
“Renowned photographer Elena Dorfman will be delivering a lecture on her work, which is included in the current Robert & Elaine Stein Galleries exhibition EXPOSURE: An Exhibition of Contemporary Photography. There will be a reception in the Galleries following the lecture until 7:00 p.m.”
Wright State University
Creative Arts Center, room M252
Dayton, OH [directions]
“The exhibition and lecture are supported by the College of Liberal Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and CELIA. The EXPOSURE exhibition is also part of 2014 FOTOFOCUS Biennial, a Cincinnati based, month-long celebration of photography and lens-based art.”
“FotoFocus Biennial 2014 is a month-long celebration of photography and lens-based art. Centered around historic Washington Park, the Biennial 2014 features special exhibitions and five days of lectures, panel discussions, screenings and performances in and around Memorial Hall on October 8–12.”
The Memorial Hall Program of events includes film screenings of Vivian Maier: A Quiet Pursuit and Somewhere to Disappear, With Alec Soth, a conversation between Elena Dorfman and Alice Gray Stites, a forum on Street Photography, a performance by John Waters, This Filthy World, and so much more. For the full list of programing visit www.fotofocusbiennial.org/memorial-hall-program.
Tickets are required to attend Memorial Hall events ($15 Student | $25 Regular), you can purchase them here.
1225 Elm Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 [map]
FotoFocus is month long celebration and there are many other lectures, panel discussions, and exhibitions participating in FotoFocus throughout the month of October that are free and open to the public. Visit www.fotofocusbiennial.org/participating-venues for the complete list of events.
“Photography, Expanded is an initiative that inspires documentary photographers to expand their storytelling beyond the image, and catalyzes collaboration across disciplines.”
In this full day event, we’ll dive into the new and innovative ideas emerging in digital media and journalism on social justice issues. Presentations, panel discussions, and a design challenge will feature leading media makers, designers, and communications strategists such as Elaine McMillion Sheldon (Hollow), Gabriel Dance (The Marshall Project), and Ivan Sigal (Global Voices), as well as representatives from global media companies and design agencies including Instagram and Purpose. Gain new critical insights and connect with potential collaborators to respond to the changing demands of the field.”
The New School
65 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York [map]
“Exhibitions of Richard Renaldi’s photographs have been mounted in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. In 2006, Renaldi’s first monograph, Figure and Ground, was published by Aperture. His second monograph, Fall River Boys, was released in 2009. Richard is the founder and publisher of Charles Lane Press, an independent publisher that showcases important new projects by contemporary photographers. Renaldi’s forthcoming monograph, Touching Strangers, will be published by the Aperture Foundation in the spring of 2014.
Each summer, MECA invites visiting artists, curators, and scholars to participate in the MFA curriculum. In addition to critiques and studio visits with students Visiting Artists deliver a lecture that is free and open to the public.”
“Stephen Marc will discuss his use of archival documents and images as well as extensive research in his creative process. Marc constructs compelling layered narratives made up of his panoramic photographs of historical landscapes interwoven with found remnants of the past—racially charged caricatures and cartoons, trade cards, illustrations and slave documents. The results are challenging, visually charged images of the places and remnants of the African Diaspora. In his artist statement, Marc writes, “My work is an interpretive relocation of, and commentary on, the limited representations and accounts of the black experience, into the early years of the 20th century, that were usually defined from outside the community. My intent is to allow the haunting of the past to symbolically resurface providing a layered contextualization of what was…”
Marc is one of two highly established artists invited to anchor the current exhibition, Unpacking the Archives: Frameworks for Change—Activate Now!, co-curated by Dennie Eagleson, former creative director of the Herndon Gallery, and Raewyn Martyn, visiting professor of visual arts at Antioch College.”
Antioch College, Herndon Gallery
South Hall Morgan Place
Yellow Springs, Ohio