Earth and Heaven(s) and Earth Series
Joyce P. Lopez
July 5, 2016–October 31, 2016
Statement “Earth Series”
I met an Ethiopian man in Tanzania named Tesfaye. Many African names have a special meaning. I asked him if his name had one? He told me his name meant “tree providing shade to 1000 people.” This conversation has stuck with me ever since. What a remarkable name to be given to a newborn! The importance of trees, particularly in Africa, for providing shade, to holding soil and preventing land erosion, cleaning the air, filtering the water, preventing climate change, fuel for cooking, etc. is just as important everywhere on this planet.
This series is concerned about climate change, deforestation, factory farming, the military and it’s affect on nature, droughts, floods, the importance of insects to agriculture, potable water, etc. We all have the obligation to be custodians of our planet. Mankind has abused the earth in so many ways. The “Earth Series” images are non-documentary/fine art composites of spherical shapes each depicting a specific issue pertinent to our time.
My intention is to raise awareness of our responsibility as stewards of the earth for generations to come; a sense of world citizenship and community across country borders.
“Heaven(s) and Earth Series”
Cloud statement 2015
Several years ago, I moved from the very urban environment of downtown Chicago to Southwest Florida. How would my new “place” influence my work ahead. Beach scenes and pelicans seemed to dominate the art scene here. But my work has always been more conceptual, with an underlying environmental message. Clouds carry messages-the message of air quality. Clouds give us protection from the sun, rain needed for life, or conversely are affected/or eliminated by climate change bringing on drought, hurricanes, forest fires, land slides, tornadoes, etc. and other dramatic weather patterns.
Joyce P Lopez
Education: Art Institute of Chicago, Univ. of Illinois
Photography workshops with Master Photographers: Sam Abell, Jerry Courvoisier, Nevada Weir, Keith Carter, etc.
“Nocturne”, group 2016, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC
“Water”, group 2016, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
“Space” group show, 2016 Griffin Museum, Boston, Mass.
7th Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards 2016, Berlin, Germany
9th International Color Awards, 2015, five awards
Photo Review 2015 Competition
8th International Color Awards, 2015, six awards
Center for Fine Arts Photography, “Still Life” exhibition, Director’s Honorable Mention, 2015, Fort Collins, CO
Filter Photo and Open Lands exhibition, “Field Study”, Katharine Ware, juror, David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, IL 2015
Perspective Gallery, “Lens 2015”, Paul Berlanga, Evanston, IL
Six Nominations, 2014,IPA Awards (Lucie Foundation), Los Angeles, CA
IPA Awards (Lucie Foundation) “One Shot:One World” 2014, Los Angeles, CA.
Finalist in the 6th Edition of the Pollux Awards and also the 6th Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, Municipal Museum 2014, Malaga, Spain
Juror’s Selection, 38th Anniversary Women’s International 2013 Christiona Owen, juror
“Best of Botanicals” National Juried Photography Exhibition 2014, Photo Gallery Oakland, Oakland, CA
Solo exhibition 2014, “Trouble With Birds” the Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA
2nd Place Merit Award of Excellence, and Nominations 2013, Black and White Spider 8th Annual Awards
The Kiernan Gallery, “Voyages” exhibition 2013
3rd place, 4 Nominations Masters Color Awards online 2013,
Honorable Mention 2013, SOHO Photo National Competition- NYC
Parkland Gallery, “Shift” exhibition 2012, Champaign, IL
Martha Schneider Gallery, ”After Classical Portraiture”, May 4-July 7, 2012
1st, 2nd, Awards 2010, 2012, Julia Margaret Cameron International, Buenos Aires, AR
The Chicago Project-Catherine Edelman Gallery, 2011-2014, Chicago, Il
First Place-Award, Professional Women Photographers exhibition, NO Gallery, NYC, 2012
Multiple Awards 2003-2009, 2011, 2012, International Awards Winner, Photography Masters Cup
Top 100 International Photography Awards 2011, One Life
Honorable Mention 2011, SOHO Photo Small Works Intl. Comp.
Gold Honorable Mention 2010, Worldwide Photography Awards-Dominant Color
Award Finalist 2010, Clarence John Laughlin New Orleans Photo Alliance, New Orleans, LA
Finalist 2010, Photography Masters Cup International
Editors Choice Award Winner 2010, Center- Santa Fe, NM
Award Winner, 2007-2009, PX3 Prix de La Photographie Paris, , Paris, France
Outstanding Award, “From Lausanne to Beijing 2006”, Suzhou, China
W Magazine/Chicago; Sony Corporation of America; City of Chicago; Nokia Collection; Health South; State of Washington; State of Illinois; Bank of America; Fortune Brands, Southern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, etc.
Silvershotz Magazine 2014 Volume 8, Edition 5, collector’s edition, international photo magazine, Australia
“The Trouble With Birds”, Joyce P. Lopez
“NYC-CHGO X2”, Joyce P. Lopez
Focus Magazine, 2008, 2009, 2011
Four book covers for Harper Collins Publishers-The College Math Book Series, The Photo Review, Zoom Magazine, Wonderpick Gallery, Save the Children-2010