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March 10 - April 3, 2015

Open Call 2015

Juror: Jeff Curto

Prints of most of these images are available for purchase. Please inquire.
All photographs are the copyright of the individual artists and may not be reproduced without their permission.

Barsanti_Joanne_1Preening_Egret
Joanne Barsanti - Roselle, IL
Preening Egret
Brody_Jill4OnionHouseTableau
Jill Brody - Providence, RI
Onion House Tableau
Close_Edwin_9Ken3
Edwin Close - Ardmore, PA Ken 3
CooperMcCauley_Hannah_2The_Other_Mother
Hannah Cooper McCauley - Ruston, LA
The Other Mother
Corda_Charles_1ArtFairSeries1
Charles Corda - Coconut Grove, FL
Image 1 from the series "Art Fair, Art Miami 2013"
Cory_David_Industrial_Revolution_4
David A. Cory - South Bend, IN
Industrial Revolution #4
Deaton_Benjamin_ShooterJennings
Benjamin Deaton - Little Rock, AK
Shooter Jennings
DeFeo_Matthew_2Bowling
Matthew DeFeo - Austin, TX
Bowling
Dussault_Amanda_4Temptation
Amanda Dussault - Youngsville, NC
Temptation
Dybvik_LarsAndreas_5Nude5
Lars Andreas Dybvik - Trondheim, Norway
Nude 5
erdberg_4NotaDiptych
Lisa Erdberg - San Francisco, CA
Not a Diptych
Forino_Andrew_1FlyingIntoDarkness
Andrew Forino - Somerset, NJ
Flying Into Darkness
Fowler_Heather_Misery_2100px
Heather Marie Fowler - Columbia, SC
Misery
Ganis_John_3_FuntownPierSeasideParkNJ2013
John Ganis - Pleasant Ridge, MI
Fun Town Amusements Pier Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, Seaside Park, NJ March 2013 N 39.93626 W 74.07155 Elevation Sixteen Feet
goldman_vivien_opencall03
Vivien Goldman - Chestnut Hill, MA
Moving Pages
Goodwin_Suzanne_AnUnpeacefulSilence140501FAA2332
Suzanne Goodwin - Surrey, British Columbia
An Unpeaceful Silence
Gsedl_Uwe_7Steve
Uwe Gsedl - West Chicago, IL Steve
Haq_Rashed_3_Cook_Delhi
Rashed Haq - Houston, TX
Cook, from the series "Getting By"
Hezsely_Charles_3Reaching
Charles Hezsely - Saint Paul, MN
Reaching
Holmgren_4
John Holmgren - Ellensburg, WA
District of the Penguins #4
Hurens_carl_1untitled
Carl Hurens - Rimouski, Quebec
Chaos, Birds Series #5
Immel_Steve_4SilentRunning
Steve Immel - Taos, NM
Silent Running
jackson_michael_4AmesIslandfromtheEast
Michael Jackson - N Drefach Velindre, Carmarthenshire, UK
Ames Island from the East
Jennings_JacobTwiceTheyComeForth
Jacob Jennings - Thibodaux, LA
Twice They Come Forth
Jones_Morrow_1_Kitchen_Window
Morrow Jones - Canton, CT
Kitchen Window
Kallianiotis_NikoJ_5Censo
Niko J. Kallianiotis - Scranton, PA
Censo
Keensn_David_02BalloonatNight
David Lykes Keenan - Austin, TX
Balloon at Night
Ladendorf_Joan_3Juxtae_61
Joan M. Ladendorf - Hanover Park, IL
Juxtae #61
Lai_Remi_15Wash
Remi Lai - Kirksville, MO
Me, Two
Lapides_Susan_2_Mackerel
Susan Lapides - Cambridge, MA
The Mackerel
Mayoral_Gonzalo_Nu00BA1
Gonzalo Mayoral - Madrid, Spain
No1. Serie Montículos
McComb_Kristina_1Untitled1fromTransparencySeries
Kristina McComb - Gill, MA from the series "Transparency", Untitled 1
miller_jenna_5backyard
Jenna Miller - Charleston, SC
Backyard, from the series: Soul of the Carolinas
murray_jennifer_1_betterhalf (1)
Jennifer Murray - Chicago, IL
The (My) Better Half
Ross_Heather_3_DetourThroughTime
Heather Ross - Denton, TX
Detour Through Time
Royal_Carla_2Three_Crows
Carla Royal - Chattehoochee Hills, GA Three Crows
Rubin_M_1_Campanula
Marian Rubin - Montclair, NJ
Campanula
Saxman_Harry_4Fenwick
Harry Saxman - Guilford, VT
Fenwick
Thames_Manuela_3Elizabeth
Manuela Thames - Saint Paul, MN
Elizabeth
Weinstein_SandraChen_3CloudNine
Sandra Chen Weinstein - Lake Forest, CA
Cloud Nine
Agrons_Geoffrey_6AmygdalaStation
Geoffrey Agrons - Kensington, CA
Amygdala Station
Angeletti_Giordano_1_NewViews90
Giordano Angeletti - Savannah, GA
New Views #94
Bastyr_Marianne_6Rainbow
Marianne Bastyr - Chatsworth, CA
Rainbow
Beiber_Boyz_Chris_B
Boyz Bieber - Los Angeles, CA Chris B.
Bloomquist_Charly_4Title
Charly Bloomquist - Walla Walla, WA
Grounds For Investigation 1528
Bowser_Jessica_Numen_3
Jessica Bowser - Denver, CO
Numen
Burrows_Eric_3_CarnarvonGorge
Eric Burrows - Coffs Harbour Jetty, NSW, Australia
Carnarvon Gorge
Byron_Carol_3Droplets
Carol Byron - Naperville, IL
Droplets
Ciardi_George_2Self
George Ciardi - Seattle, WA
Self
Cossrow_Joel_4StillLifeINExEnProvencemarket
Joel Cossrow - Boca Raton, FL
Still Life in Aix-en-Provence Market Place
Davis_BeckyJane_4Icy_Blue
Becky Jane Davis - Warrenville, IL
Icy Blue
Deupree_Tom_4NorrisBrothersCaryTN
Tom Deupree - Venice, FL
Norris Brothers. Cary, Tennessee
DiTosti_Roy_2SailorSalute
Roy DiTosti - Stow, MA
Sailor Salute
Fairchild_Catherine_3StickyNotes
Catherine Fairchild - Houston, TX from the series "Nota Bene", Sticky Notes 03
FEDAK_THEREALTHING_3
Nicholas Fedak II - Burbank, CA
The Real Thing
Forman_Nate_4Untitled
Nate Forman - Austin, TX Untitled
Francoeur_Amanda_5ShotOfHotSauce
Amanda Francoeur - San Francisco, CA
Shot of Hot Sauce, Shop Ec Series
Friedman_Ed_4_Beauty
Ed Friedman - Arlington, MA
Beauty
Giese_AmyTheiss_4
Amy Theiss Giese - Allston, MA Untitled [Oriental Seagull G-4 Bromide Paper Double Weight Glossy]
Henry_Sue_1_Silence
Sue Henry - Nolensville, TN
Silence
Hezsely_Charles_1WaitingforCustomers
Charles Hezsely - Saint Paul, MN
Waiting for Customers
Hoff_Andrew_5Gears
R. Andrew Hoff - Camp Hill, PA
Gears
Hudson_Dee_5SilhouetteGlow_1
Dee Hudson - Glen Ellyn, IL Silhouette Glow
ilachinski_andrew_Stillness
Andrew Ilachinski - Springfield, VA Stillness
Lapides_Susan_5_Leap_1
Susan Lapides - Cambridge, MA
Leap #1
McCaw_Calli_7ImagineThat
Calli P. McCaw - New York, NY
Imagine That
Northenscold_Tom_BigWoods_2
Tom Northenscold - Plymouth, MN
Big Woods at Sunrise
OBrien_Alison_2TheCountryClub
Alison O'Brien - Gettysburg, PA
from the series "Dining Alone", The Country Club
Oliver_Kathryn_Self_Recognition3
Kathryn Oliver - Rockport, ME
Self Recognition
Reischwitz_Astrid_04_StoriesfromtheKitchenTable_OutlineoftheFuture
Astrid Reischwitz - Bedford, MA
Outline of the Future
Schoenfeld_Wayne382AmyandElephant
Wayne Schoenfeld - Studio City, CA
Amy and Elephant, Circus of the Past
Stimola_Michael_Eight_Ice_Rings
Michael R. Stimola - Edgewater, NJ Eight Ice Rings, West Tisbury, MA
Vaccaro_Mare_noreddoor_2
Mare Vaccaro - Lexington, KY
No Red Door
wyatt_kathryn_1maine
Kathryn Wyatt - Lincoln, VT
Maine
Zeiss_Rebecca_4InSearchofForgivenessV
Rebecca Zeiss - Midland, MI In Search of Forgiveness V

Juror's Statement

I've always believed that great photographs ask more questions than they answer. We initially look at a photograph because we see something we understand and appreciate, but we keep looking because of what the photograph asks us to consider or to wonder and dream about.

The photographs that I selected for this show all ask great questions of the viewer. They ask us to think about what's happening in the picture space, why does this thing look like that, what's going to happen next, and where in the world are we? Uniformly, all the photographs here are well-observed; meaning that the photographer either saw or created something that is interesting to look at. Each one then takes that initial view and interjects that question that lingers long after my primary interest has faded away.

Because this show's theme was an "open" one, I expected to see a wide variety of ideas, processes, and approaches to photography and I was not disappointed. From the most basic of darkroom processes—the photogram—to sophisticated digital manipulations of multiple layers of image, we see in this group of photographs a multiplicity of approaches to photography that suggest that the well of great ideas will never run dry.

It's important to note, too, that while manipulation, whether using 19th or 21st century technologies, can provide great depth and interest, so too can a well-seen image that simply uses light and lens to show us a fish, a few objects on a table, an abandoned amusement park or a guy sitting in his front window. Photographs can still ask great questions simply by being photographs.

Many thanks to Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery for not only inviting me to jury this show but also for continuing to celebrate and give exposure to great fine art photography. Thanks also to those who submitted work; it was a real pleasure to look at such a wonderfully diverse set of approaches to the medium I love.

-  Jeff Curto

About the Juror

Jeff Curto is Professor Emeritus of Photography at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he taught for 30 years. A longtime member of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE), Jeff was elected to its Board of Directors in 2008 and is currently serving on the Executive Committee.

Jeff hosts two popular podcasts about photography: History of Photography, and Camera Position, discussing photography's creative aspects.

He exhibits his work regularly in both group and one-person shows, and his fine prints are included in numerous private and corporate collections.

Call for Entries

The subject was up to you. The process was up to you: film, digital, color, black & white, alternative process, historical process... Whatever you did best, you showed us the best of it. Thank you for sharing your unique vision.