2015 year in review

Hello friends and Happy 2016! I hope this New Year finds you well. I’d like to share with you the exciting creative endeavors I got to participate in throughout 2015. This is a recap of an exciting year in photography and a look forward to some things to come in 2016…

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                                                                                                   Exhibition View Photo by Adam Lein

Exhibitions

I had several opportunities to exhibit my work in 2015. The year started with a Faculty Exhibition in the Barnes-Franklin Gallery at Tunxis Community College. I also displayed a selection of my Paper House photographs at The Gallery at Constitution Plaza in Hartford, CT. This exhibit was a result of winning a 2012 Artist Fellowship Award from The Connecticut Office of the Arts.

In May I was able to unveil the final incarnation of my long-in-progress series Meditations on Being a Phoenix at Gallery 136 ½ in Manchester, CT. The exhibit was made possible in part by a Faculty Development Grant from Lesley University College of Art and Design. Following this exhibit I shared my Meditations work in my favorite show of 2015, Through a Glass Refracted at the Margaret L. Macdonough Gallery in New Haven, CT. This exhibit was a three person invitational that took place during reunion weekend at my Alma Mater, Albertus Magnus College. My show mates were my long time college friends Paula Robins and Adam Lein. It was great to collaborate with two unique and creative people and reconnect with others during the reunion.

My final exhibitions of the year were with The Empty Spaces Project Gallery in Putnam, CT. This is a great little gallery in downtown Putnam with the goal of sustaining arts within the local community.

Publication

During the Spring and summer months my work was published or written about in multiple places.

I was thrilled to have a selection of my photographs and the research work I did on the Athenatype process published in Christopher James‘ 3rd edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes which was released in March. In May, Susan Dunne of the Hartford Courant wrote a nice review of my Meditations on Being a Phoenix show at Gallery 136 ½. The online publications Light Leaked and DODHO both featured my Paper House photographs.DODHO featured my series Meditations on Being a Phoenix on their website as well.Monovisions, Black and White Photography Magazine interviewed me about my creative techniques and philosophies and featured some of my photographs on their website. I was also excited to have two of my Meditations photos included in the print magazine The HAND, Issue #9, my images were featured inside and on the back cover. 

Teaching

In 2015 I continued teaching as a college photography instructor throughout CT and at Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA where I teach Intro and Advanced Alternative Photographic Processes. Additionally I was a visiting artist at Canton High School in Canton, CT. During my visit I taught students how to make a human sized Cyanotype photogram outdoors in the cold and unpredictable New England Spring.

I also continued teaching weekend photography workshops at Photosynthesis. We offered an Encaustic Play Day workshop and a one-day Ziatype workshop over the summer. I met new students, reconnected with past students and had an excellent time guiding workshop participants in alternative processes and presentation options for their photographic imagery.

Photograph by Tomi Ni

Upcoming


I will kick off 2016 by participating in an Adjunct Faculty show in The Roberts Gallery at Lesley University College of Art and Design. There is an artist reception for the show on Thursday, Feb 11th from 6 to 8 p.m.and the exhibition will run through February 29th.

I am honored to be included in Diffusion Magazine‘s Annual Invitational publication which will be available in print and digital form early this year.

I also have some potential two person and group exhibitions coming up in the Spring and Fall and a few workshops as well.

Tentatively scheduled for April I will be collaborating with PhotoSynthesis in Manchester, CT on an evening portfolio review and art marketing session. In late Spring my Encaustic Play Day workshop will return to PhotoSynthesis, this is a beginner level workshop for those interested in experimenting with encaustic waxes and pigments over photographs or other forms of two-dimensional artwork. On July 9th my most popular workshop on the Ziatype process returns to PhotoSynthesis.

You can stay informed of these events as they evolve through my Facebook page and the News section on my website.

Best,
Jessica