April 6 – May 27
Strength. Inner or physical. Actual or symbolic. What does strength mean to you?
Thirty-four photographers answer this question in the 2nd Biennial Juried Photography Show. Juried for First, Second, and Third place awards by three nationally recognized photography experts: Stephen Petegorsky, Stacy Waldman, and Frank Ward. Cast your vote by paper ballot for the People’s Choice Award!
1st Place: Sara Lechner, “The Source“
2nd Place: Joanna Chattman, “Softness is Your Strength”
3rd Place: Sloan Tomlinson, “Cernunnos”
People’s Choice: Diane Norman, “Fortitude“
Our three esteemed judges represent academic, professional, and commercial aspects of the photographic arts.
Stephen Petegorsky is an artist and freelance photographer. His work has been exhibited internationally, and is in collections throughout this country as well as in Europe. He graduated from Amherst College, and later received an M.F.A. in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. He has taught at Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Connecticut. www.spphoto.com
Stacy Waldman is a prominent dealer and collector of vintage and found vernacular photography, specializing in 20th-century snapshots. Photos that she has found have been included in numerous exhibitions and publications throughout the world (including the popular Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children books). In 2015, she curated the “It’s a Snap!” exhibition which featured found anonymous snapshots from some of the most important collectors of found photography in the United States. Currently, her collection of early 20th-century lantern slides are on exhibit at the Cleveland Print Room in Ohio. She can be found, selling and collecting, at photography and ephemera shows throughout the country and abroad, as “House of Mirth Photos”; and at her gallery and shop, “Spot 22” in Easthampton, MA. www.houseofmirthphotos.com
Frank Ward is Professor of Art and coordinator of the Photography Program at Holyoke Community College. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at Smith College, Amherst College and the Institute of American Universities in France. Ward has received grants, fellowships and awards for his photography from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2016-2017), the Massachusetts Cultural Council (2011), The Packard Foundation and the Center for Balkan Development (1996-2000), The National Endowment for the Arts and the New England Foundation for the Arts (1991) and as a Cultural Envoy in Photography in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan for the US Department of State (2012). www.fmward.com