Black, White & All the Grays Between…
In society today, we are constantly presented with life as a series of black or white choices. Sadly life is rarely so simple and as photographers or lens based artists it is hard to ignore all the shades of gray in-between that help to tell the whole story. Whether Black & White or Monochromatic, this exhibition explores how this reduction of color can enhance an image, create harmony out of chaos or tell a story more powerfully. Eric Kunsman, the juror for this exhibition looked at how entrants approached their subject and utilized a monochromatic tonal scale to help with the intended impact, composition, and personalized style. While the ability to control technique is essential, in the end, the individual’s vision is more important than the process.
This juried exhibition opened November 17th and presents work from:
Christine Acebo, Jim Allen, Ken Allison, Sara Annicelli, Charles Anselmo, Ray Avitable, Philip Dutch Bagley, Pat Barton, Jim Bremer, Amy Broderick, Barbara Brundage, Ronald Butler, Michael Callaghan, Laura Camden, Bob Canepa, William Carson, Harvey Castro, Tim Caucutt, Mario Cerroni, Mark Coggins, Craig Compton, Pieter de Koninck, Rachel Deutmeyer, John Diephouse, Judith Ebenstein, Victor Filepp, Dean Forbes, Kristie Gardiner, Alan Gaynor, Danni Goulet,Melinda Green Harvey, Sarah Grote, John Hesketh, Bonnie Jaffe, Paul Jett, Kimberly Keller, Evan Knapp, Ken Konchel, Leslie Landerkin, Judith Leckrone Lee, Andrew Liccardo, Marilyn LowneyJohnson, Lawrence Manning, Julie Mihaly, Lisa Miller, Rebecca Miller, Jonathan Moldover, Daniel Newcomb, Laura Newlon, Bernie Newman, William Nieberding, Tim OHara, Reed Pike, Michael Potts, Dawn Reilly, Eric Renard, Mark Schoon & Casey McGuire, Richard Schramm, Steve Sorensen, Easton Soule, Jim Stears, Grant Stirton, Tom Stoffregen, Sue Palmer Stone, Roi Tamkin, Shavit Vos, Nancee Ward, Andrew Wohl, Kent Youngblood, Douglas Zaruba & Chuck Zovko
Exhibition: Thursday, November 17th, thru Friday, December 9th, 2022
Delivery of Accepted Work: On or before November 12th
Reception and Awards: November 17th, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, 118 N. Main St. Providence, RI
Jurying this exhibition was a serious challenge because I could have included 250 photographs that were the same caliber as what is hanging on the wall. You all answered the call and submitted black, white, and an astonishing number of grays in between. Therefore, as I narrowed the work down, it became essential for all aspects of the photographs to work, including technical, originality, personal connection to the images, and the conceptual elements for those that submitted a series. Once I had the selection narrowed down to 150 pieces, I then looked at which photographs worked together cohesively to provide the viewers with a statement on contemporary photography in 2022. My job as the juror is to provide the exhibition viewers with photographs that ask the tough questions each photographer intended while ensuring that neighboring images do not cancel those questions.
A number of photographers had many pieces I would have liked to include because their submissions created a meaningful dialog, but I chose to try and include as many photographers as possible. However, I have based my awards not on a single piece but on which photographers had the most remaining images after the first two rounds of jurying. If you have time, I suggest visiting the website of the photographers who won the awards to view a more extensive selection of their photography.
About the Juror:
Eric is a photographer and book artist based out of Rochester, New York. Eric works at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) as a Lecturer for the Visual Communications Studies Department at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and is an Assistant Professor for the School of Photographic Arts & Sciences.
Eric holds an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and an MS in Electronic Publishing/Graphic Arts Media, BS in Biomedical Photography, BFA in Fine Art photography all from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.
First Place: Blackbird by Jim Bremer
Second Place: Crater Lake by Mark Schoon & Casey McGuire
Third Place: Primary school by Tom Stoffregen
Print Award: Untitled by Harvey Castro
Honorary Mention: Lee is free by Daniel Newcomb
Honorary Mention: Saturday Afternoon by Michael Potts
Honorary Mention: P Town Bar by Tim O’Hara
Honorary Mention: Young boxer, Havana, Cuba by Laura Camden
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