Griffin Museum of Photography
Peter Urban Legacy 20th Annual Juried Exhibition
Juror: Aline Smithson
Exhibition dates: July 10-August 31, 2014
Opening reception: July 10th, 2014 @7pm
67 Shore Road, Winchester MA 01890
Lecture with Aline Smithson
on Professional Development
(before the reception)
July 10th, 2014 @ 5:30pm
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The Griffin Museum of Photography would like to thank Aline Smithson, The Peter Urban family and the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston for making this exhibition possible.
Susan S. Bank
Sheri Lynn Behr
Clare Carter, Peter Urban Legacy Award
Joy Christiansen Erb
Frances F. Denny
Keiko Hiromi, Honorable Mention
Kristianne Koch Riddle
Jennifer McClure, Arthur Griffin Legacy Award
Laura Beth Reese
Michelle Rogers Pritzl
Greg Sand, Honorable Mention
Jane Lena Schulman
Samuel Walker, Griffin Award
Claire A. Warden
Susan Worsham, Honorable Mention
This year we will be hosting another 60 artists that had applied to the show in our Virtual Gallery!
Valerie Y.O Kim
J. K. Lavin
Adam J. Long
Joyce P. Lopez
Brian Christopher Sargent, Critic’s Pick by Aline Smithson
The Griffin Museum is happy to extend exhibitions to four artists not chosen for the Juried Exhibition! Congratulations to the artists who will be showing in 2015:
JUROR: Aline Smithson
After a career as a New York Fashion Editor, Aline Smithson is currently represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and published throughout the world. Aline founded the blogzine, LENSCRATCH, has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, and a contributing writer for numerous publications. She reviews and teaches workshops at photography festivals across the United States, is a juror for a various organizations, and has been teaching at the Los Angeles Center of Photography since 2001. In 2012, she received the Rising Star Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community.
JUROR STATEMENT: Aline Smithson
I would like to extend an enormous thank you to Paula Tognarelli, Frances Jakubek, and the staff at the Griffin Museum for creating so many opportunities for emerging and established photographers. It is truly an an amazing organization, and needless to say, I was humbled and honored to be asked to juror The Griffin Museum’s 20th Juried Exhibition. I approached the task with equal parts excitement and trepidation. As someone who has submitted to dozens (ok, hundreds) of calls for entry over the years, I know how much time, effort, and expense it takes to submit work to a competition. I thank you and salute you for making the effort. To be truthful, I have also received far more rejection than acceptance letters and so please know that with each image I had to part ways with, I could feel your disappointment.
For the process of jurying, I spent many days looking at and revisiting several thousand images, considering each and every photograph, reading the statements and working to understand your intentions. First, I went through all the images and selected photographs that I felt were strong, unique, and well captured. I then went through the images again and read the statements.
I am continually seeking to understand why work becomes successful and moves to the next level. I have observed that success comes from work that is made over time—time that allows for further contemplation, exploration, and a revisiting of subject matter, because as you grow as a photographer, your work grows too. Success also comes from work that has a technical level of excellence—not over sharpened, not over saturated, smartly captured and executed. And finally, success comes to work that has meaningful articulation and brings something new to the photographic dialogue. That articulation that isn’t about what is obvious, but deeper thinking that is connected to something in your core that compels you to make the work.
I looked at hundreds of images about water—waves and reflections, I looked at hundreds of images of abandoned spaces—peeling paint and empty rooms; there were photographs of parents’ and grandparents’ homes and collections of items left for the next generation; there were many images of architectural abstractions. I saw a number of terrific narrative projects that had more power as a whole than with single images, and I saw lots of work that was right on the cusp of being remarkable but needed more time to percolate and grow. I looked at hundreds of images that were lovely photographs but did not have the weight of intention behind the work. In a world when every single living thing has been photographed or has a camera, it’s that deep thinking that moves the work into the next level. And finally, I saw lots of work that I was familiar with, that I have featured on Lenscratch and am a fan of, but for this exhibition, I had to become less of an editor and be more of a curator, setting the bar for an exciting and forward thinking exhibition, reflecting work that not only appeals to my own aesthetic, but work that is looking beyond the view finder.
Congratulations to the photographers, whose work was selected for the walls and for the online exhibition, and know there were many, many more photographs I would have loved to include. And to all, continued successes to all on your photographic journeys!
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION & PETER URBAN:The 20th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Griffin Museum will be named in honor of Peter Urban, a celebrated, Boston-based photographer who passed away in 2009 after a long battle with cancer. Urban was renowned for his success in both the commercial and artistic realm. Arlette Kayafas, who represented Urban’s art at Gallery Kayafas, said that while some photographers find it difficult to move from advertising to artistic endeavors, “Peter was the exception, because his commercial work was like his fine arts work. When he worked with clients, he saw them as the human beings they were. Peter’s work was always about people.’’
In the spirit of Peter’s success creating a career with a balance of commercial and artistic work, his family has partnered with the Arts & Business Council and the Griffin Museum of Photography to produce opportunities for other photographers to grow their careers.
“It is only right that the Griffin’s twentieth juried exhibition be named in honor of Peter Urban,” says Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography. “Peter’s first solo exhibition was at the Griffin in 2005. His gallery talk that accompanied his show was to a capacity audience. You could feel the love in that room that day.”
Alongside the juried exhibition, the Arts and Business Council is organizing a series of professional development workshops presented by a diverse range of thought leaders. These workshops will share instrumental ideas, methods and tools to help build the business and legal foundation of a thriving artistic practice.
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