Dana Fritz and Christopher Sims
July 8 – August 30, 2009
Reception July 15, 7pm
June 11, 2009 (Winchester, MA)__ Justin James King photographs an anonymous public standing in front of the landscape, which he calls “a manifestation of culture.” He says that what viewers see in the landscape “are preconceived notions and pre-experienced views.” Catherine Edelman, juror for the Griffin’s 15th Juried Exhibition, awarded King this year’s Arthur Griffin Legacy Award. King’s winning images join 50 others as part of the juried exhibition on display in the Griffin’s Main Gallery July 8 through August 30. Approximately 400 photographers from around the world submitted more than 2000 images to Edelman, owner of the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. King, of Brooklyn, New York, received the $1,000 Arthur Griffin Legacy Award for three pieces from his And Still We Gather with Infinite Momentum series. The prints are part of a conceptual project on landscape and culture.
“The void in each of King’s landscapes could be the dark abyss of the future,” says Paula Tognarelli, executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography.” Each viewer’s interpretation of the scene before them is personal and contextual.”
Lauren Semivan of Royal Oak, Michigan, received the $500 Griffin Award for her photographs Black and White Rabbits and The Swan, which are part of a series called Weights and Measures.
Ryan Zoghlin of Chicago, Illinois, was awarded an exhibition on the web for the Griffin Museum’s Virtual Gallery. Greg Sand of Clarksville, Tennessee, was awarded an exhibition on the Critic’s Pick section of the Griffin Museum website.
In addition to the awards, two artists were selected to present a joint show in the museum’s Atelier Gallery. Dana Fritz of Lincoln, Nebraska, was chosen to exhibit her Terraria Gigantica: the World Under Glass. Fritz’s images examine the world’s largest landscape complexes; the Lied Jungle and Desert Dome at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, Biosphere 2 near Tucson, Arizona, and The Eden Project near St. Austell, Cornwall, UK. Christopher Sims of Efland, North Carolina, was selected for his Home Fronts: The Pretend Villages of Taletha and Braggistan, a series of photographs portraying simulated Iraqi and Afghan villages on U.S. Army training bases in North Carolina and Louisiana.
“This year for our 15th Juried Exhibition, Catherine Edelman has assembled a superb photographic display,’’ says Tognarelli. “The exhibition has a very compelling rhythm that demonstrates Edelman’s personal and unique vision.”
Featured in the Griffin Gallery is the Joan Johnson Exhibition, showcasing the work of local high school seniors. The winner of this year’s $1,000 Joan Johnson Scholarship was Lily Kupets, a recent senior at Winchester High School. Jurors were photographer Andrea Rosenthal of Boston and Rory Schuler, editor of the Winchester Star newspaper.