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Concept and Creativity Workshop


SKU: panel discussion

Workshop and Panel Discussion
Saturday, September 20th (10 AM – 3 PM) and Sunday September 21 (Noon to 4 PM)
In the Main Gallery at the Griffin Museum in Winchester
2-day Workshop (includes panel discussion) $125.00
Sunday Noon Panel only $15
Capacity for workshop 20

ANNOUNCEMENT – for the panel discussion on creativity that will take place on Sunday at noon….Full time photography students of the academic institution that have Griffin Museum Academic Memberships are free (for the panel discussion only). Call us at the museum to register.

This two-day workshop focuses on eight specific practices within the creative process that take an idea and/or inspiration and develop it into a unique style, a project and ultimately a body of work.

Learn the critical thinking skills that will strengthen your own personal visual language, increase your awareness of artistic decision-making, and cultivate new habits that will impact your imagery.

Saturday begins at 10 AM – 3 PM with an in-depth slide presentation, lecture and discussion illustrating the eight foundational steps and practices of the creative process. We will discuss each step individually, and compare and contrast how they relate to each other. By analyzing how other artists have applied these practices you will integrate new practices into your own creative process.

Participants will be asked to create a new image or select an existing image to be uploaded and shared in the final session of the workshop. Discussion will focus on the application of the eight foundational steps.

Sunday begins with a panel discussion at Noon with four established photographers: Asia Kepka, Edie Bresler, Nancy Grace Horton and Stephen Sheffield. Each artist will show their work, discuss the ideas behind it, and the evolution of their creative process. This panel is a powerhouse of creativity with years of professional fine art and commercial photography and teaching experience behind each member. It provides a unique opportunity to learn about the progression of an idea and the development of a concept. We will have an hour for Q & A and discussion following the panel presentation including a wrap up on the panel experience itself. (This panel is open to the public and included in the workshop fee.) See our website for fee details.

Sunday class continues with a discussion of participants work and a conclusion of the class content. Handouts and a bibliography for further study will be provided.

Workshop ends with a wrap up discussion/summary on the workshop itself. Sunday workshop ends at 4 PM.

Instructor Bio
j-sybylla-smithJ. Sybylla Smith is a curator of fine art photography, an educator and consultant on concept development and the creative process. Her 25 years of experience in the photographic arts include styling, art and creative direction for over 75 fashion editorials and advertising campaigns. She initiated 17 solo and group exhibitions featuring the work of over 70 international photographers for the Griffin/DSI gallery. Smith holds a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University, a degree in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and studied at the Universite de Fribourg in Switzerland and F.I.T. Paris. Smith has been an adjunct professor at Emmanuel College and Hofstra University, and a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Wellesley College, The Griffin Museum of Photography, the Photographic Resource Center and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts on visual culture, fashion history and fashion photography. She is a thesis advisor at the School of Visual Arts and an avid portfolio reviewer.


Edie Bresler
Edie Bresler examines American values with a recent focus on Main Street through the lens of state lotteries. She is a Critical Mass 2014 finalist with solo exhibitions at the Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography in California, the Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts, the Boston Center for the Arts, Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester and participation in numerous group exhibitions. Features include the PBS show Greater Boston with Emily Rooney, Photo District News, Lenscratch, Feature Shoot, Business Insider, Esquire Russia, Virgin Airlines Voyeur Magazine, and Social Documentary. Edie gratefully acknowledges funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Somerville Arts Council, Simmons College Faculty Fund for Research, the Berkshire Taconic Artist Resource Trust, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She writes regularly for Photograph Magazine and leads the photography program at Simmons College in Boston.

Nancy Grace Horton
Nancy Grace Horton is a photo-based artist who embraces both analog and digital techniques to create bold narrative fragments fed by her background in photojournalism. Her series Ms. Behavior utilizes gender roles as inspiration to stimulate a feminist discussion. Her Learning to See school and community projects bring students near and far together to use photography to explore their communities. She holds an MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design, and her work has been exhibited at the Danforth Museum, the Griffin Museum, the New York Photo Fest and the A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Nancy Grace Horton is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including several Artist Entrepreneurial Grants from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

Asia Kepka
Polish-born Asia Kepka has attended film school and studied set design before switching gears and falling in love with photography.

For the past 20 years she has been working as an editorial photographer and her work graced pages of Time Magazine, Money Magazine, Wired, The New York Times Magazine and hundreds of others.

Her work also includes album covers, shooting and directing music videos for which she constructs elaborate sets.

This coming Fall her personal projects “Bridget and I” and “Horace and Agnes” will be exhibited at The Griffin Museum of Photography.

Stephen Sheffield
Stephen Sheffield, a native of Boston, received a BFA in painting and photography from Cornell University, and an MFA in photography from the California College of the Arts. Sheffield was a Teaching Assistant to his mentor, Larry Sultan, a TA to Jean Finely and an assistant to Carrie Mae Weems during his studies.

Depicting the ordinary and the unusual, all his imagery is informed by his unique, and occassionally dark, sense of humor. A master storyteller, Sheffield uses traditional film, non traditional techniques such as alternative processes, mural printing, and large-scale photo assemblage to bring to his work a unique and cinematic mood.

Steffield has exhibited nationally, and has a number of large and small-scale commisions in Boston, Cambridge, New York and Philadelphia. He has maintained a studio in Boston’s Fort Point for over 20 years and is represented locally by the Panopticon gallery. Sheffield runs the black and white photography program at the New England School of Photography in Boston and is on faculty at the New Hampshire Institute of Art Photography MFA Program.

We would like to thank our sponsor Digital Silver Imaging (DSI) who has graciously supported this program.

Additional Information


2-day Workshop (includes panel discussion), Sunday Noon Panel only

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