An Exhibition of Contemporary Photography
The work in this exhibition was selected from an international call for entries to present a survey of current photographic practice. This open call was conceived to create a showcase for contemporary photography and we would like to thank everyone who submitted work for consideration. In the end, 63 photographers were selected from 21 States, Canada and India to be a part of our 8th Open Call. We are excited to be producing this exhibition again, providing the opportunity to bring the work of so many new photographers to Providence. Unsurprisingly, after the first jury round we had enough work to make several exhibitions. In the second round many of these entries had to be excluded solely due to limitations of space. This selection process was informed by the concept behind the exhibition… to present a diverse look at photography today.
We will be reviewing all entries at a later date as we look for photographers to feature in 2024.
Opening Reception: April 21st 5:00 – 8:00pm
On View: Thursday, April 21st, thru Friday, May 13th, 2022
Free and Open to the Public
Opening Reception & Awards Presentation: April 21st, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Awards Presentation & Juror Talk: April 28th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, 118 N. Main St. Providence, RI
Awards will be announced at a Presentation and Juror’s talk with Jessica Roscio: April 28th 5:00 – 7:00pm
Juror’s statement – Jessica Roscio
I was pleased to have the opportunity to jury the 8th International Call for Photography at the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts. There was an impressive amount of entries—an almost intimidating number of works to look through with intent—and decisions were difficult. Ultimately, each of these photographs tells a story well beyond the image that flashed across the screen. The 65 works in this exhibition represent what, for me, is particularly innovative in contemporary photography. Photography as a medium is constantly changing, and the fact that it has a multitude of not entirely straightforward definitions is part of what makes it so interesting.
Photographs visualize the time in which they are created. Each of the works in this exhibition does this—from deceptively simple object studies, vignettes of larger narratives, and layered abstractions. These works stand on their own while also drawing the viewer into what might be beyond the frame; they all suggest that they are part of a larger story. I was drawn to the pieces where something seemed a bit off, out of place, out of the ordinary, slightly surreal, but still conceivable within the vein of everyday life. They could have been found or staged, with an elaborate artist statement or without—something was relatable to make me wonder why it was made, how it was made, and why that particular moment was captured.
A number of images exude austerity and loneliness; there is a starkness in some of these works I may not have noticed a few years ago. This varied group is a snapshot of the medium, the artists, and the juror at this particular time. These photographers merge the past and present, or capture one fleeting moment, but overall stretch the definition of the medium through materials, process, and challenging tradition. I thank all of the artists who submitted to this exhibition; I am grateful to you for sharing your work with me. I greatly anticipate seeing these works in person, and am thankful for the opportunity to take part in this process. Now is a time we need the arts, and gathering together, more than ever.
– Jessica Roscio
Director and Curator,
Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University
About the Juror: Jessica Roscio is Director and Curator of the Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University. Prior to the Danforth, Roscio held positions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She taught courses at Emerson College and Suffolk University, and has been a regular contributor to Aspect Initiative, an online gallery focusing on contemporary photography. Roscio has an MA in Art History from the University at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in American Studies, with a focus on the History of Photography, from Boston University.
Eliot Allen – Portland OR, Hannah Altman – Barrington RI, David Angell – Warwick RI, Norman Aragones – San Jose CA, Kristina Barker – Portland OR, Becky Behar – Waban MA, Diane Bennett – Bedford MA, Jeremy Blair – Cookeville TN, Peter Brown – Pine Meadow CT, Jess Burgardt – Casper WY, Sally Chapman – Lowell MA, John Clarke – Great Barrington MA, James Cooper – Solvang CA, Ron Cooper – Englewood CO, Susan Copich – Hillsdale NY, Francis Crisafio – Pittsburgh PA, Donna Dangott – College Station TX, Matthew Derezinski – Kirksville MO, Tony DeVarco – Santa Cruz CA, Mariah Doren – Great Barrington MA, Sharon Draghi – Scarsdale NY, Steven Duede – Belmont MA, David Estlund – Seekonk MA, John Femino – Foster RI, Terry Frishman – New York NY, Beth Galton – New York NY, Marita Gootee – Strakville MS, John Greiner-Ferris – Quincy MA, Wenda Habenicht – South Worcester NY, Linda Hacker – Brooklyn NY, Rohina Hoffman – Sherman Oaks CA, Anne Hopkins – Dracut MA, Susan Hopp – Savannah GA, Marcy Juran – Westport CT, Marky Kauffmann – Somerville MA, Kimberly Keller – Olney MD, Lee Kilpatrick – Arlington MA, Eric Kunsman – Rochester NY, Alison Lake – Monterey CA, Elizabeth Libert – Cambridge MA, Robert Hill Long – Winston Salem NC, Elena Lyakir – Brooklyn NY, Kerry Michaels – Freeport ME, Judith Montminy – Duxbury MA, AJ Morey – Timberville VA, Susan Murie – Arlington MA, Tricia Neumyer – Jamaica Plain MA, Julie O’Connor – Weston CT, Julia Paul – Blacksburg VA, Michelle Peters – New York NY, Allison Plass – New York NY, Robin Radin – Jamaica Plain MA, Lisa Redburn – Plymouth MA, Daniel Rothenberg – Pittsford NY, Arghyadeep Roy – Indirapuram Ghaziabad India, Brittany Severance – Boylston MA, Colin Smith – Baltimore MD, Vera Sprunt – Sandia Park NM, Andrew Stephen – Pprovidence RI, Carrie Usmar – Wyoming RI, Michael Washburn – Ossining NY, Amy Joyce Winkler – Pompton Lakes, NJ, Torrance York – New Canaan, CT
The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, RICPA
Located in the heart of Providence, RICPA was founded to inspire creative development and provide opportunities to engage with the community through exhibitions, education, publication, and mutual support.
RICPA exists to create a diverse and supportive community for individuals interested in learning or working in Photographic Arts. We strive to provide an environment conducive to the free exchange of ideas in an open and cooperative space. Members should share a passion for creating, appreciating, or learning about all forms of photo-based media. We work to provide a platform for artistic expression, that fosters dialogue and drives innovation in the photographic arts.
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