March 26 – April 18, 2021
For just over a year I photographed as many people within a 5-mile radius of my home in Poughkeepsie, NY as would let me. Many declined my request, but over 750 acquiesced with kindness, support and good humor. Some also shared bits of information about themselves that reveal the strength, diversity and uniqueness of the community that I call home.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Julie Mihaly attended Vassar College before earning a BFA & MFA in photography from The San Francisco Art Institute. After teaching photography for more than a decade at schools such as NYC’s School of Visual Arts & Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University, Mihaly contributed her talents as a photo director, editor & researcher to magazines such as Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly & Garden Design. She also wrote for Martha Stewart Living, Budget Living & Organic Style, et al. before returning to the full-time pursuit of her photography. Mihaly has exhibited her work in the U.S. & Europe winning inclusion in a number of juried exhibitions. She is one of four 2018 recipients of a Working Artists Organization Grant, & won first prize in the SoHo Photo Gallery 2019 Open Competition. Eight books of Mihaly’s work have been published. She currently lives & works in the Hudson River Valley.