Emerging Vision highlights the work of 28 of the most talented photography students in the U.S., offering a glimpse into the future of a medium that is constantly evolving. Juried by Samantha Johnston, Executive Director at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, the exhibition will be on view December 2 – January 7 with an opening reception on December 3, 6-9 pm.
Finalists were selected from a pool of more than 350 submissions from students currently enrolled in graduate and undergraduate photography programs across the country.
“A fundamental part of CPAC’s mission is to support emerging artists,” said Johnston. “A great way to do that is to create exhibition opportunities like Emerging Vision, where students can experience what it’s like to work with a professional gallery and gain some visibility for their work while they’re still in school. ”
The exhibition is open-themed, and finalists use an impressive range of photographic techniques to explore subjects including gender equality, western landscapes, abandoned spaces, personal relationships, among others.
“It’s exciting to see students working with new media as well as traditional techniques; from photo installations to photograms made in the darkroom,” Johnston said. “Each student works in a different style and genre, exploring varying points of view about life and experience, from the intimate moment captured in Rana Young’s Untitled from the Rug’s Topography to the personal exploration of photography as a tool for healing in Chuck Martin’s Marriage License,” she added.
Justin Alber, Norm Aragones, Nicolette Bardos, Shannon Bement, Emerald Boes, Alexis Bragg, Tiffani Breaslain, Amelia Callies, Yong Chen, Madalyn Dellenbach, Brian Deppe, Clara DeWeese, Jamie Fletcher, Lindsay Godin, Michael Gomez, Joshua Haunschild, Joshua Hobson, Vincent Jaramillo, Ryan Kukalis, Chuck Martin, Alex Orellana, Becca Schwartz, Nick Simko, Emma Sobel, Allie Sutterer, Elise Weber, Ariel Wilson, & Rana Young.
ABOUT SAMANTHA JOHNSTON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COLORADO PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS CENTER
Samantha Johnston joined CPAC as Executive Director in September of 2015. A photographer, arts administrator, and educator, she made the move west to Denver from the East Coast in 2010. Prior to joining CPAC, she taught photography and visual arts for 12 years at high schools in Boston and Denver. She is a longtime member of the Society for Photographic Education, and served as Treasurer of the Southwest region from 2013-2016 and Co-Chair of a Southwest regional conference in Denver (Letters to an Emerging Artist). Her photographs have been shown in numerous exhibitions nationally, and she continues to be an active artist in the community, serving as a reviewer at Houston FotoFest in 2016. She holds a certificate in Arts Development and Program Management from the University of Denver, an MFA from Lesley University College of Art & Design, and a BFA from Alfred University. She was named one of Colorado’s Top 100 Creatives 3.0 by Westword and featured in Lenscratch in April 2016.