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Paper House #9 is featured in today’s edition of Your Daily Photograph

Paper House #9 is featured in today’s edition of Your Daily Photograph

I am thrilled to have my photo Paper House #9 featured in today’s Your Daily Photograph! The print is available at a special sale price until 9am PST tomorrow. Please click here to see the entire Daily and for purchasing information.

2016 Year in Review and Recent 2017 Happenings

Hello friends and Happy Summer! I began writing this edition of my newsletter in January and am just completing it now thanks to an eventful first half of the year surrounding my educational work in photography. I am happy to finally get to share this newsletter and hope that the summer is being good to you.

The following is a recap of the many creative endeavors I was fortunate to take part in during 2016. Additionally, there is some news about what has been happening in my photo-life so far in 2017 including my first international exhibit, a new academic endeavor, and a call for collaborators in my current work-in-progress…


Exhibitions

I had some opportunities to exhibit my work in 2016. The year started with an Adjunct Faculty Exhibit in the Raizes Gallery at Lesley University College of Art and Design. I was also invited to display a selection of my Meditations on Being a Phoenix photographs in the annual  [Photo]gogues exhibition which opened in conjunction with the 2016 Flash Forward Photography Festival in Boston. The exhibit was on display at the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Lafayette City Center Passageway Gallery.

My final exhibition of the year was Lemniscate of Diffusion, curated by Libby Rowe at  A Smith Gallery in Johnson, TX. This exhibition featured artists from Diffusion Magazine’s recent publication Lemniscate and was on display in conjunction with FOTOSEPTIEMBRE.

To kick off 2017 I was part of two exhibitions. My first international exhibit, Alternative Photography an invitational exhibit at The Far Eastern Museum of Fine Art in Khabarovsk, Russia opened in February and was curated by my former student and fellow photographer Anna Yeroshenko. The show was met with great reviews and is slated to travel to multiple locations throughout Russia in the coming year.

I also had a great time being part of the 300+ artists who came together in solidarity for the Nasty Women Art Exhibit at the Institute Library in New Haven, CT. All proceeds from this event benefitted Planned Parenthood.


Publication and Awards

Phoenix #1 from Meditations on Being a Phoenix

Approaching Walden Professional Development Seminar

Last year I was accepted into the Approaching Walden Professional Development Seminar through The Walden Woods Project which took place last July. I joined 35 other educators from across the country who wished to include the philosophies of Thoreau and a sense of place into their teaching practice. It was a thrill to discover some new inspirations in the words and teachings of Thoreau to use towards my personal work and academic course development.

Critical Mass and Don’t Take Pictures Photo of the Day
Last summer I had the honor of being selected as a Critical Mass Finalist. Critical Mass is a wonderful program that gives the opportunity for all participating photographers to have access to career building opportunities. Having my work in front of a large jury has led to some exciting new opportunities including having my image Phoenix #1 from my series Meditations on Being a Phoenix featured as Photo of the Day on Don’t Take Pictures.

 

Handcrafted Photography: In the Artists’ Words Video
I was invited to be a part of the video “Handcrafted Photography: In the Artists’ Words” by Blue Mitchell, the photographer and mastermind behind One Twelve Publishing and Plates to Pixels Gallery. This video includes short interviews with artists: Diana Bloomfield, Claude Peschel Dutombe, James Wiggerand and myself while offering a glimpse into the working methods and inspirations of these photographers.

Lemniscate of Diffusion | Volume VIII 2016
It was an honor to have been invited as one of the featured artists in One Twelve Publishing‘s 8th edition of Diffusion Magazine titled Lemniscate. The print version of the magazine has since sold out but you can still order a digital version where you can read my feature interview and enjoy the work and words of several other wonderful photographers. Digital version available for order here.

#ArtTalksBack
#ArtTalksBack was a series of posts I made on Twitter and Facebook between November 14th and January 21st. Each daily post featured an artwork that the artist made in reaction to a social, cultural or political issue. Many of the works were responsible for raising awareness and influencing policies surrounding these issues. The idea was born out of a discussion with some of my students following the recent US Presidential election. We talked about the power of art and our responsibility as artists. We discussed the great potential art has to expand perspectives, combat ignorance and inspire empathy. We talked about how elected officials are not the only ones who get to shape things and how our actions through the creation of artwork can also add shape to this world.

The posts can be viewed on Twitter and Facebook and can be easily found through the #ArtTalksBack hashtag.

Art can be a force in shaping the world too.


Teaching

Silver gelatin collaged over wet plate with encaustic wax and oil stick by workshop participant Constance Lowell

In 2016 I continued teaching weekend photography workshops at Photosynthesis. My Encaustic Play Day workshop made a return and we also offered a new workshop on portfolio development and professional practices where I had the pleasure of reviewing portfolios and discussing the making and marketing of photographic bodies of work.  The workshops at Photosynthesis are currently on hiatus while they settle into their new location in East Hartford but I look forward to the return of the workshops in this new space in the future.

In 2016 into 2017 I continued teaching as a college photography instructor throughout CT and at Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA. Additionally, I have been hired in a temporary capacity as a Photography Curriculum Developer at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT. Tunxis has a wonderful photography program, facilities, and faculty. I have taught there as an adjunct instructor for 18 years and am excited that I now get to use what I have learned during that time to help expand on what we offer as a program.


Call For Contributors

I am beginning a new photographic project that deals with women and their personal relationship with sex. I am looking for models/contributors for this new work. If you or someone you know might be interested in contributing please contact me at jessomers@snet.net

Featured Artist Interview in Diffusion Magazine

The newest issue of Diffusion Magazine, Lemniscate, is now available and I’m thrilled to be a featured artist and have an interview about my work Meditations on Being a Phoenix included in this publication. There will be an exhibit accompanying this publication coming soon, stay tuned…

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Summer News, Exhibitions and Workshops

Happy summery days to you all! I hope these longer days and warmer temps are filling you with the same child-like excitement summer always brings my way. In addition to summer cheer I’d like to share with you a few photo related endeavors I am involved in during the coming months which includes a return of my Encaustic Play Day and Ziatype workshops, exhibitions in Boston and Texas and publication in one of my favorite photographic periodicals…


Workshops

Photograph by Chris Huestis

On Saturday June 11th 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. There are only a few slots left for this workshop so please register soon if you are interested.On July 9th my most popular workshop on the Ziatype process will be held at PhotoSynthesis. This is a one-day class where we take advantage of the humid New England summer weather to create these versatile and dramatic palladium based prints.

Exhibitions, Publication and More…

[Photo]gogues 2016

I was invited to be part of this year’s [Photo]gogues exhibit which opened in conjunction with the 2016 Flash Forward Photography Festival in Boston. The exhibit is on display at the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Lafayette City Center Passageway Gallery and will be up until September 1st. A sampling of nine photography faculty members from New England were invited to be part of the exhibition. Special thanks to Paula Tognarelli and Frances Jakubek of the Griffin Museum of Photography for the invitation to exhibit and the continued support of my work.

Lemniscate of Diffusion | Volume VIII 2016

I am proud to have been invited as one of the featured artists in One Twelve Publishing‘s newest edition of Diffusion Magazine titled Lemniscate. Print version pre-sales and the immediate digital download of Lemniscate, where you can read my feature interview and enjoy the work and words of several other wonderful photographers, is now available for order here. Thanks to Blue Mitchell for including me in this publication!

Lemniscate of Diffusion – the exhibition

A selection of my Meditations on Being a Phoenix photographs will also be part of the exhibition that accompanies the published edition of Lemniscate at A Smith Gallery in Johnson Texas. Exhibition dates are September 2 to October 23, 2016The reception is on September 24, 2016 from 4 to 7pm in conjunction with FOTOSEPTIEMBRE. Exhibition curated by Libby Rowe.

Approaching Walden

I am very excited to have been accepted into the Approaching Walden Professional Development Seminar through The Walden Woods Project. This July I will be joining 35 other educators from across the country who wish to include the philosophies of Thoreau and a sense of place into their teaching practice. The writings of Thoreau have been a wonderful guide to me since my college days and Walden Pond is one of my favorite grounding places. You can keep up with my journey through the Seminar via my Instagram and Facebook posts.I wish you all a lovely Summer!
Best,
Jessica

The [Photo]gogues 2016 exhibition is now on display

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This week I went to see my work on display as part of the [Photo]gogues exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Lafayette City Center Passageway Gallery. This exhibit is part of the Flash Forward Photography Festival 2016 in Boston. A sampling of photography faculty members from New England were invited to be part of the exhibition.

The nine invited instructors are:
Amy Thompson Avishai, Massachusetts College of Art; Sue Ann Hodges, New England School of Photography; Angela Mittiga, Lesley University College of Art and Design; Dana Mueller, Massachusetts College of Art, Glen Scheffer, New Hampshire Institute of Art; Stephen Sheffield, New Hampshire Institute of Art; Ben Sloat, Lesley University College of Art and Design; Jessica Somers, Lesley University College of Art and Design; Stephen Tourlentes, Massachusetts College of Art.

The show will be up until September 1st, please stop by and take a stroll through the passage if you’re in the area!
http://www.griffinmuseum.org/blog/lafayette-city-center-passageway-gallery/

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

Summer Sale – Final Weeks!

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At the opening for the 2015 Photography Exhibit, The Empty Spaces Project, Putnam, CT

 

My summer sale is entering its final weeks and there are a select amount of Meditations On Being A Phoenix images left in the limited edition size and pricing. The works will be available until August 31st. Please click here for more info: http://jessicasomers.com/summer_sale/

…and if you happen to be near The Quiet Corner of CT you can see some of these images in the 2015 Photo Exhibit at The Empty Spaces Project – Putnam, CT!

Work Featured in The Hand Magazine

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We’re really enjoying our copy of The HAND, Issue #9. I’m thrilled to have images featured inside and on the back cover and to be among so many great artists! This issue is currently sold out but you can subscribe to future issues of The Hand on their website and you can purchase limited edition sizes of my two featured photos (and others) at a reduced rate now until August 31st: http://jessicasomers.com/summer_sale/

Interview with Monovisions Magazine

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I was recently interviewed about my creative process and influences by Monovisions Magazine, I’m thrilled to be featured in this online publication!

Summer Sale!

Summer Sale: June 19th – August 31st 2015

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Summer is almost upon us, the world feels alive and each year I find myself more grounded during this time. It is the season of my birth which may be why I am refreshed and ready for what ever life hands me during these sunny and steamy months.To celebrate the arrival of summer I am offering a small selection of my original, hand-made, photographic works for sale. Starting June 19th and running until August 31st selections from my Meditations On Being A Phoenix series will be available in smaller formats at a reduced price. 8×10″ pieces are priced at $200 and 11×14″ pieces are priced at $400. There is only one print available in each of these sizes and I will not create the work again in this format so you will be purchasing a truly one-of-a-kind work.

 

The works are still available in their original format as 20×24″ archival pigment prints with an encaustic and oil overlay, these sell for $1500 and are editioned in a series of 3 unique pieces.