About the Scholarship
The John Chervinsky Emerging Photographer Scholarship seeks to recognize, encourage and reward photographers with the potential to create a body of work and sustain solo exhibitions. Awarded annually, the Scholarship provides recipients with a monetary award of $3,000, tuition-free enrollment in Photography Atelier (if awardee not local our on-line class), exhibition of their work at the Griffin Museum of Photography, and a volume from John’s personal library of photography books. The Scholarship seeks to provide a watershed moment in the professional lives of emerging photographers, providing them with the support and encouragement necessary to develop, articulate and grow their own vision for photography.
The scholarship is open to photographers who have produced individual works of photography (defined as an art form utilizing light) and/or are in the process of producing bodies of work. Applicants could have participated in a group show but this is not necessary.
We are looking for candidates who are serious about photography, whose potential is emerging and whose photography will benefit from this scholarship. Candidates should not be currently enrolled in a photography degree program. There is no age limit. There are no residency requirements.
Photographers without gallery representation who have exhibited solo in a non-gallery setting (coffee shop, community gallery, etc.) are eligible.
This scholarship is not for well-established photographers. Well-established photographers are individuals in mid-photography-careers and are seen by the public and peers as distinguished in the field of photography and have many accomplishments as a photographer. Please note that an artist who has had MULTIPLE SOLO exhibitions in established galleries, major institutions and major museums or has gallery representation will be considered too accomplished to receive this scholarship.
What constitutes major museums or major institutions? We give the nominators and then the jurors the authority to determine that criteria as their credentials allow them to understand the mechanics and nuance of the photography world.
Submissions may be made directly to the Griffin Museum, or by way of one of the scholarship Nominators (see below). Direct submissions can be made by email to the Griffin Museum, and should include: a brief biography; a brief statement of artistic purpose or intent; an artistic CV, if applicable; examples of work in digital format (digital files attached to the application email or links to work on a personal website). Submissions by nomination are made by way of a letter of recommendation from a nominator to the Griffin Museum, after which nominees will be contacted by the Griffin Museum in order to provide additional application material.
Scholarship Dates and Deadlines
June 1, 2016: Application period opens
September 1, 2016: Application period closes
Mid December, 2016: Announcement of 2016 scholarship recipient
March 2017: Eligibility for Atelier enrollment begins
View the press release here:
John Chervinsky Emerging Photographer Scholarship awards 2016 pr
December 14, 2016
From the judges of the John Chervinsky Scholarship 2016
“After much thought and consideration (and a great deal of inspiration from the wonderful pool of applicants), we, the judges, would like to put forth a winner and a group of six finalists, each of whom were ranked at the highest level by no less than 3 out of 4 Judges.”
Recipient of the John Chervinsky Emerging Photographer Scholarship is:
From the many admirable submissions to this first scholarship iteration, Tricia Gahagan’s project stood out. Gahagan’s imagery, statement, and philosophy shared many of the same artistic and personal qualities that John exhibited. With her quiet and contemplative series “11:11 Connecting With Consciousness,” Gahagan poses visual and conceptual questions. Akin to John, she also works within realms of perception and paradoxes, observation and the everyday. Nevertheless, her carefully composed and considered images come from a completely different well, and yield completely different results. Like John was in 2003, Gahagan is both on a quest and at a cusp. She will benefit immeasurably from the honorarium, course, and path that this award will allows. I very much look forward to following her journey.”
~ Leslie K. Brown, independent curator and PhD candidate
Leslie K. Brown http://www.lesliekbrown.com/bio.html
Barbara Hitchcock is the former Cultural Affairs director and Curator, the Polaroid Collections.
Richard Levy is the owner of the Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico. http://levygallery.com
Mary Virginia Swanson http://mvswanson.com/about-mvs
Crista Dix is the Founder and Director of wall space Gallery, Santa Barbara, California.
Greer Muldowney is an artist, photography professor and independent curator based in Boston, Massachusetts. She has acted as the Curator for the Desotorow Gallery in Savannah, GA and is the Regional Coordinator for the Flash Forward Festival on behalf of the Magenta Foundation. Muldowney serves as an active member of the Board for the Griffin Museum of Photography, and teaches at Boston College and Boston University.
Aline Smithson has curated and juried exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and on-line magazines. She was an overall juror in 2012 for Review Santa Fe, a juror for Critical Mass from 2009-2015, a juror and curator for Flash Forward, and is a reviewer at many photo festivals across the United States. Aline is also a founding member of the Six Shooters collective. In the Fall of 2015, the Magenta Foundation released a retrospective monograph of Aline’s photographs. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
David Carol currently works daily in the real world of commercial photography as the Director of Photography at Outfront Media (formerly CBS Outdoor) as well as being the Editor-in-Chief at Peanut Press Books a new imprint that publishes high quality photography books.
Stella Kramer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor and creative consultant. Based in New York City, Stella works nationally and internationally as a private consultant, to help photographers strengthen their creative eye, put together the strongest portfolios and websites that reflect their work, and set a course to reach their professional goals.
Hamidah Glasgow is the Executive Director and Curator at The Center for Fine Art Photography.
David Rosenberg is the editor of Slate Magazine’s photo blog Behold.
image above of John Chervinsky © L. Barry Hetherington