Jessica Somers ~ 2011 in Review, 2012 Happenings

Happy New Year! I hope this email finds you all well as you enter the year.
This newsletter, once a monthly endeavor, has been reduced to an annual update. However there have been many exciting happenings that have caused my absence over the last year. I have begun the nesting phases of a proud new homeowner in our house built from scratch and have become a new aunt twice over as well as being honored with the role of Godmother. While the inclusion of these events in a photography newsletter may seem unusual these transitions have had a strong influence on my photographs which have always taken the personal and contemplative path. I am currently working on a new series devoted to the creation of home and the cultivation of a life imagined and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. The image in this email is a sneak preview into the new work.On the professional side, in Fall 2011 I made the decision to return to school to earn a second MFA in photography at the Art Institute of Boston, I am part of the inaugural class of Christopher James’ MFA program. My initial concerns were that returning to school would be a step backwards however at the close of my first semester I find myself feeling recharged and challenged and ready to commit myself for the next year and a half to an intense reflection on how and why I create. This means I will be taking a small step aside from my efforts over the last several years to expose my work to new audiences but I look forward to returning to these efforts in 2013.In the mean time I will continue to share my work as I can and I am continuing with my Alternative Processes workshops and photography instruction on a paired down schedule.Here are some of the events I was fortunate to be part of in 2011 and some upcoming workshops for the new year.Be well and have a fabulous 2012,



2011 in Review:
Selected Exhibitions and projects:

Beginnings: Stories and Starting Points, Black Cloud Gallery, Chicago, IL

Hand+Eye, Through This Lens Gallery, Durham, NC

One Hundred Days. Hinterland Art Space, Denver, CO

AIPAD Photography Show, John Cleary Gallery booth (#120), Park Avenue Armory, New York City, NY

Group Show of Work by New Artists, Galerie BMG, Woodstock, NY

Photo LA, John Cleary Gallery Booth, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA

Alternative Processes, Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY

“Lo-fi”ography: A showcase of Vintage and Alternative Photographic Techniques, Gallery 360, Vancouver, WA

Selected publications and presentations:

Artist Presentation, f295 Symposium, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (June 2011)

Diffusion Magazine, Issue 3, 2011 (to be printed in April)

Visual Overture, Featured Emerging Artists, Spring 2011

100 Days 2010, A book of selections from the collaborative process, Edited by Carianne Mack Garside

Workshops and Classes:

Ziatype Workshop, PhotoSynthesis LLC, Manchester, CT

Assistant to Jill Enfield, Matte Albumen Workshop, F295 Symposium, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA

Alternative Photography, Fall semester, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

Alternative Processes, Spring and Fall semester, Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA

Workshops/Classes for 2012:

This weekend I will be teaching a workshop on the Ziatype process at PhotoSynthesis in Manchester, CT. There are still a few spaces left and last minute registration is welcome, hope to see you there.

To view instructional videos of the ziatype process click here

This Spring I will be teaching Intro to Alternative Photographic Processes at Art Institute of Boston and at Central Connecticut State University.

This Spring/Summer I will be instructing these workshops at PhotoSynthesis in Manchester, CT:
Kallitype: TBA
Dry Plate Tintype: TBA

Upcoming Exhibits:

Illusion and Chemistry: The Alternative Process January 10 -February 4, 2012, The Kiernan Gallery,Lexington,VA

Photography MFA Group Exhibtion, Porter Square Gallery, Boston, MA – Spring 2012