A Fall of Rain: a juried exhibition
Whether gloomy or relaxing, rainy atmosphere elicits an emotional response. Distorting the world through reflections, splatters, and color shifts, rain can transform our surroundings in ways both magical and disastrous. Spring showers wash away the snow and grime of winter, shifting into summer thunderstorms. From gentle drizzle to treacherous hurricanes and monsoons, we look for photographs in all mediums that explore the regenerative and destructive powers of precipitation.
Juror: Kat Kiernan
As spring arrives, we look forward to a world renewed and building on our general theme of moving forward, the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts has accepted entries to address the theme, A Fall of Rain for an exhibition opening on August 19th. This Call for photography was open to all styles and photographic processes and juried by Kat Kiernan, Editor-in-Chief of the photography magazine Don’t Take Pictures.
A Fall of Rain includes work from: Tony Baker, Barry Bellovin, Beatta Bosworth, Tua Bui, Jenny Carey, William Christiansen, Bill Clark, John Clarke, Mark Coggins, Tara Cronin, Darcy Dangremond, Laura Beth Davidson, John Diephouse, Mark Dierker, Margaret Elmer, John Femino, Helene Fischman, Shawna Gibbs, Regina Hogan, Jessica Ifshin, Donald Johnson, Arthur Kobin, Charles Lehman, Steve Levine, Suzann Mars, Tiffany Medrano, Amy Oppenheimer, Donna Parker, Thomas Pickarski, Reuben Radding, Paul Ramsey, M.C Reardon, Anson Seeno, Douglas Seigars, Katsuyuki Shibata, Steve Sorensen, Dennis Stein, Becky Strohm, Eric Tomberlin, Rachel Weber and Dalli Wilks.
A Fall of Rain: Jurors’ Statement – Kat Kiernan
From gentle showers and persistent misty drizzles to pouring rain and violent squalls, rainfalls take many forms. At its surface, A Fall of Rain is an exhibition of rainy weather, but the photographs submitted encompass a broad interpretation of the theme. Some include scenes moments before and after rainfall—ominous dark skies before a deluge or diffused sunlight after clouds have cleared—while others offer views of the world through puddle reflections and rain-splattered windows. It is fitting that I am writing this statement the morning after a wild thunderstorm. Outside my window, the sun is shining while the sidewalks are still wet with rivulets of rainwater. I sought to jury a show of strong photographs that evoke the various moods conjured by each type of rain—from the calm, still drops on a flower to the frenzy of distorted city lights. I am thankful to the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts and the many artists who submitted their work for allowing me to curate this selection of wet weather.
About the Juror: Kat Kiernan
Editor in Chief, Don’t Take Pictures
Kat Kiernan is a photographer, writer, and curator. She lives in Brooklyn where she is the Editor-in-Chief of the photography magazine Don’t Take Pictures. She has curated numerous exhibitions as the Director of Panopticon Gallery in Boston and owner of The Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, Virginia. In 2015, she received the Griffin Museum’s Rising Star Award for her contributions to the photographic community. Kiernan’s writings on photography have been published in journals and blogs including Art New England Online, Feature Shoot, and Big, Red, and Shiny, as well as in books, including Agnieszka Sosnowska: Myth of a Woman (The National Museum of Iceland, 2019), and The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life (Intellect, 2017). She holds a BFA in photography from Lesley University College of Art and Design.
First Place: Weathering the Storm by Laura Beth Davidson
Second Place: Bergen Street & Sixth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY by Reuben Radding
Third Place: Oakmont Storm III by Suzanna Mars
Summer Rain by Shawna Gibbs
Raindrops on Barberry by Helene Fischman
A Fall of Rain: Kat Kiernan, Juror
Reception and Awards: August 19th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Exhibition: Thursday, August 19th, thru Friday, September 10th, 2021
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