We are so excited to see you in June for a celebration of the craft and history of photography!
Friday, June 2, 2023 | 6 to 8 pm. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Join us for a celebration of creativity of photographers Fern Nesson, and the Rolls & Tubes Collective, featuring the work of Colleen Mullins, Christy McDonald, Jenny Sampson and Nicole White.
Celebrate the openings of –
Rolls & Tubes Collective – Colleen Mullins, Christy McDonald, Jenny Sampson and Nicole White.
Friday, June 2⋅ 6 to 8 pm. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Fern L. Nesson is a fine art photographer and installation artist who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She received an MFA in Photography from Maine Media College, where she is currently the school’s first post-graduate Fellow. Her spare, abstract photographs are not constructed. Instead, they distill reality to its essence, embodying the moment when mass becomes energy. Nesson’s videos have been exhibited at the MIT Museum Studio in September-November, 2019 (“La Vérité est la Créatrice d’Illusions”) and at the Meta-Lab Gallery at Harvard in October,2019. (“E=mc2″). She has had three solo exhibitions of her photographs: “E-mc²” at Les Rencontres de la Photographie and Voies Off Festival in Arles, France in 2019,
“Be Living” at the Pascal Gallery in Rockport, ME. in 2018 and “The Light Dances” at Panopticon Imaging in Rockland, MA. in 2016. Currently, her work is showing at the Praxis Gallery In Minneapolis, MN.
Her photobook, Signet of Eternity, was recently chosen for the 10th Annual Self-published Photobooks show at the Davis-Orton Gallery (2019) and is currently showing at the Griffin Museum (2020).
“Abstraction and Perception,” an exhibition of Nesson’s photographs will open at the Beacon Gallery in Boston on March, 2020.
The artists who comprise the collective for Rolls and Tubes–
Colleen Mullins is a photographer and book artist. She has garnered numerous grants and fellowships, including two McKnight Fellowships, four Minnesota State Arts Board Grants, and in 2020, she was a nominee for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award for her project “Expositions are the timekeepers of progress”. Additionally, she has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, the Penland School of Crafts Winter Residency, and In Cahoots Residency. Mullins’ work is in the collections of the US Embassy in Moscow, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and Southeast Museum of Photography, among others. Her publications include Photo District News (PDN), The Oxford American Eyes on the South, The New York Times Lens Blog, and numerous textbooks. She has authored articles for Afterimage and PDNedu. Recent exhibitions include Griffin Museum of Photographic Art, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and Tilt Institute for the Contemporary Image with the Rolls & Tubes Collective.
Christy McDonald uses photography as a way of engaging with the world and exploring the varied cultural and social conditions she encounters. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Christy holds a B.A. in Art (photography) from UC Berkeley, is a member of the Rolls and Tubes Photographic Collective, and has ongoing personal projects in parts of the Middle East and the California Central Valley.
Jenny Sampson was born and raised in San Francisco and currently resides in Berkeley, California. She earned a B.A. in Psychobiology in 1991 at Pitzer College and has since dedicated her time to her photographic endeavors: wet plate collodion, traditional black and white photography and commissioned portraits. Sampson is a member of The Rolls and Tubes Collective. Her first monograph, Skaters, was published in October 2017 by Daylight Books and Jenny’s Skater Girls in September 2020.
Nicole White is a Bay Area artist and curator. White uses historical and contemporary photographic processes to examine the medium’s varied functionality while looking at the American cultural landscape. She holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art (2002), a MA in Art History from the University of Connecticut (2010) and a MFA in Studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012). She is a Professor of Art (Photography) at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA. In 2021, she published a book, Rolls & Tubes: A History of Photography, in collaboration with Christy McDonald, Colleen Mullins, and Jenny Sampson.
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