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We Are Family

Artists Reception June 7th 2013 5:30PM - Visit the Essex Community Farmers Market and then the Gallery!
Juror: Chris Verene 

"Almost Home" Juror's Choice by Todd Danforth South Weymouth, Massachusetts USASay cheese! Capture the characters that make your family truly one-of a-kind. {sharethis}

Images of the intimate moments between your most familiar familiars. The random snapshots of your kin's kooky happenings. These are the people who know you best, use this thread of familiarity that binds you for artistic creation and freedom. This exhibit is aimed to be a celebration of the many definitions of family; how the societal constructs defining family are ever evolving and changing. You know that old

Exhibit Calendar (subject to change)
Submissions Close 27-Apr-13 Midnight EST
Juror' Choices Announced by 30-Apr-13
On-Line Check-in Due 13-May-13
Work Receipt Deadline 27-May-13
Exhibit Opens 30-May-13
Artists Reception 7-June-13 5:50-7:30
Exhibit Closes 23-June-2013

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Juror's Statement:

In 1991, I was a young man and an artist at twenty-one years old. I remember being thrilled to see images in a major museum catalog, "The Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort," (MoMA), that looked somewhat like my own: color art photographs, somewhat amateur, somewhat professional, full of sincerity and an interest in making every day personal family moments into something extraordinary. Not only was I encouraged to see work like mine in a book, but I had made tens of thousands of similar works before I had even achieved the legal drinking age, and that book made me think that I might be accepted and understood in my lifetime. Further, Galassi's book seemed to define a new genre of American photography, my own kind: a genre that now countless students and artists and educators refer to as an established mode of art-making in both hemispheres. With the advent of "We Are Family," at Darkroom Gallery, it is once again encouraging to see such good and meaningful artwork being produced that addresses topics that are near to my heart.

Chris Verene



Juror's Choice

Todd Danforth
South Weymouth, Massachusetts USA

Honorable Mention

Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA

Honorable Mention

Glenna Jennings
Dayton, OH USA


Honorable Mention

Laurie McCormick
Los Angeles, CA USA

People's Choice

Denise Trotier Johnson
Williston, VT USA


Alyx Lyons
Burlington, VT USA



Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA


Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA


Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA



Andi Schreiber
Scarsdale, NY USA


Ariel Marie
Wynne, AR USA


Benita VanWinkle
Winston-Salem, NC USA



Brian Van de Wetering
Los Angeles, California USA


Daniel Peters
Brattleboro, VT USA


Denise Trotier Johnson
Williston, VT USA



Edith Dora Rey
Montreal, Quebec Canada


Emmanuel Tissot
Jericho, VT USA


Emmanuel Tissot
Jericho, VT USA



Evelyn Nodwell
Vancouver, BC Canada


Glenna Jennings
Dayton, OH USA


Jenny Papalexandris
Kiama Heights, NSW Australia



kate t. parker
roswell, ga USA


kate t. parker
roswell, ga USA


kate t. parker
roswell, ga USA



Kristen Sweeney
melville, ny USA


Kristen Sweeney
melville, ny USA


Kristen Sweeney
melville, ny USA



Kristen Sweeney
melville, ny USA


Laurie McCormick
Los Angeles, CA USA


Laurie McCormick
Los Angeles, CA USA



Len Speier
New York, NY USA


Len Speier
New York, NY USA


Marian Rubin
Montclair, NJ USA



Ordi Calder
Cuiaba, Mato Grosso Brazil


Patricia de Ocio Dudley
Austin, TX USA


Patricia de Ocio Dudley
Austin, TX USA



Patricia de Ocio Dudley
Austin, TX USA


Paul Adrian Davies
New York, NY USA


Savannah Jaye
Savannah, Georgia USA



Shannon Smith
Tucson, AZ USA


Sharon Kain
Draper, UT USA


Suzi Grossman
Medford, Massachusetts USA



Tira Khan
Newton, MA USA


Todd Danforth
South Weymouth, Massachusetts USA


Tytia Habing
Watson, IL USA



Tytia Habing
Watson, IL USA


Tytia Habing
Watson, IL USA


Zulfiker Ali
Brownsville, TX USA


  • 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, free entry into a future exhibition and a free exhibition catalog.
  • Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition.
  • 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.

Juror: Chris Verene

Chris Verene has been photographing three generations of his family, since 1984, in Galesburg, Illinois, a small town in the Midwest.  Verene has been called a natural storyteller, focusing on the whole intimate truth of human narratives.  Verene's work is in numerous major museum collections, and in 2001, was the first photographer to receive a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship.  He has been published in several books, including his 2000 self-titled monograph by Twin Palms Press, and a Phaidon photography history entitled, Theater of the Face, Portrait Photography Since 1900.  Verene is also a filmmaker and musician.  ARTFORUM praised Verene as "depicting people with a combination of respect and clarity."  Last year Verene's work was exhibited at The Tate Modern, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Walker Art Center.  His new photography book, "Family," will accompany a traveling solo exhibition throughout the United States in from 2010-2013. Verene is represented by Postmasters Gallery in New York City.  Verene lives and works in New York City, and is currently working on stills and a feature documentary motion picture entitled, "The Self-Esteem Salon."

In 1991, I was a young man and an artist at twenty-one years old.  I remember being thrilled to see images in a major museum catalog, "The Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort," (MoMA), that looked somewhat like my own: color art photographs, somewhat amateur, somewhat professional, full of sincerity and an interest in making every day personal family moments into something extraordinary.  Not only was I encouraged to see work like mine in a book, but I had made tens of thousands of similar works before I had even achieved the legal drinking age, and that book made me think that I might be accepted and understood in my lifetime.  Further, Galassi's book seemed to define a new genre of American photography, my own kind: a genre that now countless students and artists and educators refer to as an established mode of art-making in both hemispheres.  With the advent of "We Are Family," at Darkroom Gallery, it is once again encouraging to see such good and meaningful artwork being produced that addresses topics that are near to my heart.

Chris Verene

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