Maureen Richards Scholarship Exhibition

Maureen Richards Scholarship Exhibition
Matt Granetz
July 18, 2013–September 1, 2013

Jurors Greer Muldowney and Andrea Rosenthal
Opening reception July 18, 2013 7 PM
Members talk Kathleen Volp 6:15, July 18, 2013


Matt Granetz

Matt Granetz of Reading Memorial High School has been chosen to receive the $1,000 Maureen Richards Scholarship from the Griffin Museum of Photography

He will be presented the award at the opening reception of the 19th Juried Exhibition at the museum July 18, 7 p.m.

Grantetz was one of many students who submitted work to the portion of the juried exhibit for area high school seniors, Collected Visions. A selection of the work is on exhibit in the Griffin Gallery July 18 through September 1.

While there was no theme or format for submissions, students were asked to select an image that best represented them, personally and photographically. They also were asked to submit a companion essay answering the question, “what is the significance of using photography and how does it affect our lives?’’

The museum was looking for a well-written essay that provided personal perspectives and opposing points of view, as well as a well-produced photograph that can communicate the message strongly on its own.

The jurors were Greer Muldowney and Andrea Rosenthal.

"We were looking for different kinds of creativity and for students who used not only the process effectively but also were able to combine storytelling, strong visuals," Muldowney and Rosenthal said, adding that also they were looking for when permitting, a strong sense of humor.

They add, “We chose the winner based on how well it expressed the story behind the image, its technical merit, and originality.”

Granetz, winner of the Maureen Richards Scholarship, says of his image, "My photograph shows my connection to nature both physically and metaphorically. As a child I was always enthusiastic about going camping with my dad, canoeing, and fishing. At times like these I feel in touch with my surroundings. The photograph seems to show me floating over the ground. This is because I feel more free and at ease when I am in a natural setting, away from stresses of school, work, and other things."

"I enjoy taking self portrait photos, because there are so many different paths one can take. They can range from abstract ideas to very clear portraits showing texture and emotion. Black and white photos like this can emphasize light and shadow, and their effect on skin. It creates a very smooth shadow. Self portraits demonstrate who you are or who you want to be. This photo shows both sides of me."

Kathleen Volp gives a gallery talk about her exhibit The Melon Series – which is in the Atelier Gallery — for museum members at 6:15 p.m. July 18, prior to the opening reception for all exhibits.