July 18 – September 1, 2019
Reception July 18, 2019 7 PM
Gallery talk July 18, 2019 6:15 PM
For over a dozen years I have gone to a place in Southern New Hampshire, in August and photographed the night. Beginning around 10pm the stars appeared: thousands of them- a sight so enchanting I stand there in silent awe. These are long exposures, 45 minutes to an hour and strange things happen: mists come and cover the lens, stars streak and moons rise and fall. No ambient light intrudes other than my flashlight or the occasional house lights. More recently I’ve gone to the Southwest where the night sky is too brilliant to imagine. Amoung the great rocks and giant saguaros, another kind of magic takes hold and once more, my handheld flash lights shape the image.
Kay Kenny received her BFA from Syracuse University, MA from Rutgers University, and MFA from Syracuse University (all in Visual Arts). Painter, photographer. Writes art criticism and articles on the visual arts for arts magazines.
Photography teacher for over twenty years at New York University, and the International Center of Photography in New York City. 2016 NJSCA Individual Artist Award, 2015 Arthur Grifin Legacy Award, Griffin Museum of Photography, 2009 Honorable Mention in FineArts Photography Lucie Awards. NJSCA fellowship awards 1985,1987,1993. Numerous one-person shows, most recently in Hudson NY, Medellin, Columbia, Taipei,Taiwan, Lubbock, Texas and New York City.
Curated several exhibits, including ”Memory & Loss”, a five-person photo-based exhibit at the Mary Anthony Gallery in New York City. Her work is in several notable corporate, museum and private collections.
Recent publications about her work include Digital Photography Assignments, Focal Press, 2015 by Steve Anchell, Exploring Color Photography, Focal Press 2011 by Robert Hirsch,Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde, by Lyle Rexer, Abrams Publishing, Light & Lens,Photography in the Digital Age, & Photographic Possibilities by Robert Hirsch, Focal Press as well as several other photography books. Photo Insider Magazine featured an interview with her about her work in their June issue 2001.
She co-curated the exhibit “Manifestations: Photographs of Men”, at the Southeast Museum of photography in 2004.
Her studio is in South Orange, NJ. and Saugerties, NY