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Our Mission

PhotoPlace Gallery’s mission is to support contemporary fine art photography as a means of creative expression and cultural insight. PhotoPlace Gallery sponsors exhibition opportunities through international juried exhibits in Middlebury, Vermont, through our published exhibition catalogs, and on this website.

To help defray artists’ expenses, we provide free matting and framing of accepted photographs for the duration of our exhibitions, providing they are sized to fit our pre-cut mats. By offering this service, we are able to support the goals of a greater number of photographers.

James Barker, Director

James Barker has been involved in photography in one way or another for over 50 years. He studied fine art and photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York in the early 1970s, and has done all manner of editorial and commercial photography, both in and out of the studio. He has served as a Photolucida Critical Mass juror for the past three years, and is the owner and director of PhotoPlace Gallery.

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Megan Owen, Gallery Manager

Megan Owen is the Gallery Manager at PhotoPlace Gallery. She is a self-taught portrait photographer and artist from Vermont who truly values the power of an artist’s voice. She believes that photography holds a key to discovering one’s authentic self through creative expression and personal development. Megan finds great inspiration being surrounded by the diverse photography at PhotoPlace Gallery. 


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Susan Hong, Designer

Susan Hong has worked with and admired fine photography her entire professional life as an art director and graphic designer. She is pleased to be able to contribute to the effective display of such diverse, accomplished, and interesting work encountered at PhotoPlace Gallery.