Like the other classic elements – fire, air, and earth – water is not really a part of the planet’s composition as a gift to humankind, rather it covers the vast majority of the planet in spite of us. As a result, we have an often-complicated relationship to water – it gives and takes; we need it and we fear it. We work to manage and manipulate water to satisfy our desperate human need for it, yet we are continually reminded through its devastating power that we only have so much control. Despite radical human impact on the environment, water will prevail but it may no longer be the sustaining, life-giving element we have come to rely upon.
This enigma fascinates us, as the images in this exhibition attest. Few things encompass such a range of emotion as water – beautiful, calming, useful, seductive, and deadly. Recurring themes emerge in this collection of images: environmental concerns including water usage and the built environment, pollution, and drought; and human fragility in the face of water’s sublime including images that depict both the real and fantastic relationships we have with and in water. We are tantalized by water’s natural beauty and sustenance, but also neglectful, disrespectful, and rightfully fearful of our present and future relationship with it. The images presented here offer a glimpse into the nuances of that paradox.
JUROR | Jennifer Murray
Jennifer Murray is the Executive Director of Filter Photo where she directs the planning of Filter Photo Festival as well as programming at Filter Space gallery. She is a founding member of the Chicago-based curatorial collective The Exhibition Project, which curates photography related exhibitions engaging new audiences with emerging artists. She was Director of Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery, at Columbia College Chicago for eleven years where she organized a broad range of exhibitions in art and design.
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
Founded in 2004 by photographers in Fort Collins, Colorado, The Center for Fine Art Photography is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) photography organization. We provide support to photographic artists through exhibition, promotion, portfolio reviews, publication, education and connection to a large community of other artists, curators, gallery owners and photographic professionals. Open Tues-Sat, Free.
SELECTED ARTIST IMMERSION WEEKEND
Artists selected for exhibition by our Juror are invited to attend the Artist Immersion Weekend. The Immersion Weekends include a Public Reception followed by a dinner on the town, a Private Portfolio Review with the juror, Jennifer Murray and Hamidah Glasgow, and a group Portfolio Share with Professional Development Discussion. All selected artists are included in the Main Gallery Exhibition and Online Gallery seen by an international audience.
JUROR”S AWARD: Julie Brook Alexander
DIRECTOR’S AWARD: Nicholas Abriola
Honorable Mention Awards: Marianne Smith Dalton, Alessandra Tecla Gerevini, Alexander Heilner, Heami Lee, Teresa Meier, Andy Mattern, Carsten Meier,
Exhibition Dates | December 22 – January 27, 2018
Public + Artists’ Reception | January 26, 2018
Selected Artist Reviews | January 27, 2018
USE RIGHTS: Each artist retains all copyrights to their own images. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. By submission for jurying, artists whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition grant The Center for Fine Art Photography the right to use their images for the purpose of promoting the artist, promoting the Center’s programs, promoting exhibitions and subsequent display on the Center’s website of current and past exhibitions. Promotions and images may also be placed on social networks for The Center for Fine Art Photography with artist credit.
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