A portrait sounds like a relatively straightforward thing — a picture of someone — but across time it has proven to be much more elusive. For any rule you might devise to define a portrait, there is always a bona fide portrait that defies that rule. At a certain point, portraiture seems to be less of a genre than a blurry constellation of suggested guidelines, or even just something you have to see to recognize. That's when it's time to stop theorizing and start looking for the best in contemporary portraiture.
Our juror for the The Portrait is Doug Beasley. Douglas Beasley’s personal vision explores the spiritual aspects of people and place and is concerned with how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life.
As founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops, he teaches workshops that emphasize personal expression and creative vision over the mechanics of camera use. His workshops are held at art and photo centers around the world, as well as mentorships and private workshops held at the Trade River Retreat Center, his cabin in Northwest Wisconsin.
Along the way, Doug has become more involved in curating exhibits and promoting the work of other photographers. He is in awe of all the good work being produced. This led him to acquiring Shots Magazine to continue to promote great and unusual photography that often doesn't get seen in mainstream publications.
The Second Annual Members Exhibition is around the corner. All subjects, analog, digital, and antique process, monochrome or color, photographers of all skill levels and locations are welcome.
Additionally, the SE Center Members Celebration will take place 1/25/20 at the Center during the exhibition.
Our juror for the Members Show is Kara Soper. Kara Blanken Soper is an independent curator based in Greenville, SC. Since receiving her MA in art history from Louisiana State University in 2013, she has collaborated with museums, arts organizations, and universities to engage in projects that promote the advancement of contemporary Southern art and artists.
5-50 selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month
Portals. A door or gate, an entry or opening, maybe a tunnel, a passage or connection between places, time, or dimensions. Literal or figurative, Color or BW, analog, digital or antique processes, photographers of all skill levels and locations are welcome.
Our juror for the Portal is Jane Szabo. Jane Szabo is a Los Angeles based fine art photographer with an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Her work investigates issues of self and identity. Using self-portraiture and still life as a vehicle to share stories from her life, her work merges her love for fabrication and materials, with conceptual photography.
35-40 Selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month with the opportunity to be invited for a solo show at a later date.