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The New Center – A lot is changing — and a lot is staying the same.

Posted by staff on January 19, 2018

The Future of the Center For Fine Art Photography

It’s an exciting time for The Center for Fine Art Photography. A lot is changing — and a lot is staying the same.


First, here’s what’s changing: The Center is moving from our longtime home at 400 North College Avenue. We’ve been here for over nine years but find the need to adapt to the new ways the public views and consumes art.


The Center is becoming a bit nomadic, providing our audience with stimulating, more fluid experiences for viewing photography. This year, we’ll be hosting eight exhibitions at various locations around the city.


We’re evolving our business model. It’s a little bit thrilling, a little bit scary, and a bit overdue. Over the past few years, we’ve witnessed changes in the world of fine art photography. In order to remain relevant, we knew we needed to be bold in our approach and reinvention.


Now for what isn’t changing: what you can expect from The Center for Fine Art Photography.


The Center will still be bringing you provocative and thoughtfully curated exhibitions. We’re still committed to promoting a broader understanding of photography’s visual, emotional, and social impact in society. We’ll continue to offer free admission to our internationally acclaimed exhibitions. We’ll still provide opportunities for the public to meet and interact with emerging and renowned photographers at our artist’s talks and public receptions.


By becoming a bit nomadic, we’re able to beef up our programming. Programming takes an exhibition to a deeper level. It’s one thing to view the work of legendary and emerging photographers hanging together on a wall. It’s quite another to engage in immersive and educational events and workshops, where a stronger understanding and appreciation of the art form is nurtured. Programming gives the community an opportunity to do a deep dive by comparing and contrasting historic and contemporary photography; to see the influences of these groundbreaking pioneers on subsequent generations of photographers, and to kindle a flame in those who have yet to embrace the photographic arts.

We’re developing more opportunities for engagement and education. We’re building our community and embracing all the possibilities that come with our evolution.

The Center for Fine Art Photography is much more than a gallery. It’s more than evocative images on display. It’s experiential. And those experiences leave a mark on the heart, and the mind, and the soul.


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Amy Galpin’s Juror Statement for Memories, Stories, Histories

Posted by staff on November 12, 2015

Memories, Stories, Histories

Juror’s Statement

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Hamidah Glasgow, Executive Director, and her entire team at The Center for Fine Art Photography for the opportunity to jury this exhibition. I have long been aware of the Center and I hold great respect for its commitment to displaying distinctive and significant contemporary photography. There are too few exhibition spaces for artists and the Center provides a welcome professional and challenging platform for photographers to share their work with broad audiences. It was a true honor to join the long list of very distinguished jurors for the Center.


While the subjects or themes for this exhibition are rather large, many of the submissions shared powerful aesthetic and content connections. There were multiple poignant images of veterans. Moreover, several extraordinary references to World War II and its historical and cultural resonance in our society were present in multiple submissions. Profound representations of immigrant experiences and the resulting hybrid cultural representation occurred in multiple submissions as did references to the history of art. Although the title of “Memories, Stories, and Histories” easily conjures thoughts of personal histories and identities, the plethora of submissions that exuded raw painful and deeply personal emotions still took me by surprise. As I worked my way through my final selections I was struck by the strength of the submissions and the powerful and intimate exploration of self, family, and cultural and political identities. After I narrowed my choices to 100 images, the process became almost excruciating as the honest and courageous displays of memory, story, and history yielded emotive responses from this viewer.


As I juried the show, I looked for photographs that fit in a larger conversation of contemporary art but also exude their own distinctive qualities. The final choices demonstrated technical skill, compositional strength, and compelling content. The juror’s choice for this exhibition incorporates text and image, a leitmotif in the submissions and a visual strategy employed by many artists. The perspective of the ceiling evokes a relatable experience. Even if the does not look like your bedroom or mine, the experience of looking up where the wall and the ceiling meet can be a mundane act. For the artist, the text reveals that it is a part of a contemplative process of coping with a relationship. The text written in what presumably is the artist’s hand adds content, but also visual intrigue to the photograph. The personal nature of the photograph seemed fitting given the many intimate narratives submitted for this exhibition.
Amy Galpin

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