July 5th - July 29th
Juror: Catherine Edelman
If your audience is standing indefinitely motionless, entranced by the possibilities in your work and in devising an infinitude of scenarios and alternate endings, then you've made an image that will inspire gallery visitors with the beauty of ambiguity, mystery and perplexity.
Photographers created images that baffled the viewer as early at the 1860s; Henry Peach Robinson was a pioneer of combination printing, creating the illusory photo montage long before there was Photoshop. We want to see your images that lead the imagination to the edge, encouraging the mind to leap. Multiple exposures, constructions, staged, anything goes, just leave us guessing.
There are many avenues that artists should pursue to get their work in front of museum curators and gallery owners, including pop up and apartment galleries, not-for-profit venues, university group shows and online blogs and magazines. But one of the best venues is the juried show: an anonymous gathering of images chosen solely on the immediate impact of a single frame or set of pictures. I always find the task of selecting work to be a bit unnerving, knowing I am going to disappoint many artists in the attempt to edit to a select few. The breadth of work being produced through the country always surprises me and the work in "Secrets and Mysteries" is no exception. I want to thank Polly Raine and Ken Signorello for inviting me to be the juror and congratulate the many photographers whose works were chosen for "Secrets and Mysteries".
Juror: Catherine Edelman
Opening in Chicago in 1987, the Catherine Edelman Gallery was quick to become one of the Midwest's leading fine art photography galleries. Director and Owner Catherine Edelman has "a patient eye for artists, tracking their progress [and] representing mature photographers who deliver consistent, quality work, regardless of age or exposure." Edelman has upheld her original promise to feature prominent Contemporary photographers alongside new and emerging talent, supplying her audience with a refreshing breadth of both subject matter and photographic technique.
CEG debuted with Nan Goldin and the "Ballad of Sexual Dependency" progressing through everything from street photography (Susan Meiselas, Sebastiao Salgado, James Nachtwey) to fashion photography (Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritts, Matthew Rolston) to traditional landscape images (Michael Kenna, Lynn Geesaman) and also socially-conscious work (Richard Misrach, Jeffrey Wolin, Terry Evans, Allen Ginsberg) and narrative (Joel-Peter Witkin, Elizabeth Ernst, Dan Estabrook).
Working closely with magazine editors and book publishers, the Catherine Edelman Gallery co-published several monographs and collections, including: Written in Memory: Portraits of the Holocaust, photographs by Jeffrey Wolin (Chronicle Books), Pressure, photographs by Joe Ziolkowski (Pohlmann Press), What Were You Thinking (celebrating the 15 year anniversary of the gallery in association with Paper Mirror Press) and Iron Beauties, a monograph on the work of Chicago photographer Michelle Keim, published by Nazraeli Press.
Catherine Edelman is an executive board member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers and President of the Chicago Art Dealers Association. In addition to hosting Saturday Morning educational seminars for her community, Edelman recently opened an online gallery of underrepresented local artists, titled "The Chicago Project."
We are so pleased to offer the seasoned curatorial eye of Catherine Edelman for "Secrets and Mysteries."
|Submit your work||All selected entries are exhibited in our gallery and included in a full color exhibit catalog. Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image. People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit. We offer free matting and framing of accepted entries for the duration of each of our exhibition, subject to standard sizes. Photographers set their own prices if they wish to sell their work and retain all rights to their photographs.
Please do not contact jurors regarding your entry in this exhibit. Doing so will disqualify your entry.