SHE. at Soma Vida Gallery

I’m thrilled to be included in the SHE. exhibit featured at Soma Vida Gallery in Austin, Texas. The exhibition will be on view from December 7th to January 11th, with an opening reception on December 7th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Come by and say hello!

SHE is an art exhibition that aims to provide a space for self identifying women photographers to showcase their work and speak their truth. Our hope is to bring attention to the multifaceted experiences of women in the world at large.

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For more information on Soma Vida, please click here.

Flawed Beings at Light Leaked

I’m so grateful to be included in the Flawed Beings publication at Light Leaked, which was curated by artist Michael Kirchoff. This is a really beautiful collection of images, including work by the following artists: Sandy Kroopf, Mike Dillow, Victoria E. Crayhon, Marc Lorenzetti, Katie Prock, Ronnie Peoples, Stacie Smith, Amy Kanka Valadarsky, Shane Booth, Alina van Ryzin, Aline Smithson, Carole Glauber, H. Lisa Solon, Angela Marvel, Epiphany Knedler, Aurore Dal Mas, Niniane Kelley, Catie Soldan, Nikita Gross, Kat Bawden, Evan Maloney, Svea Elisha, Adam Mathieu, Frances Bukovsky, Jonas Yip, Jessica Safely, Elizabeth Bailey, Anne Berry, Bastian Kalous, Cristina Fontsare, Sarah Brooks, Diane Fenster, Paula Rae Gibson, Ross Kiah, Wayne Swanson, J M Golding, Joey Aronhalt, Margaret Flanigan, and Ryan Watson.

We blame ourselves - we can’t help it. “Where did I go wrong?”, we think. Flawed beings, being flawed.
 
I want to thank you all for outing yourselves as flawed beings. We all are, but the strong ones admit it and embrace it. There’s a certain romanticism about that. We are stronger for having to take ourselves head on, and it is that strength that is ferociously attractive. You may even say we’re poetic about it.
 
Owning what we are and processing our flaws to make them work for us is reflected in our art. With self examination comes thoughtfulness. None of us have the answers, and that in itself is the single greatest idea to come out of this. We are all in this together…our own self-defeating conglomerate of artists with the ability to show the world how to be brutally honest with yourself. Personally, I find solace in knowing that the next person is no more in control of things than I am, no matter how they may appear. You’ve all exposed your flaws to me, and leveled the playing field in the process. This cathartic process is what brings us together and bandages the wounds so that they may heal. Show me your wounds and I’ll show you mine.
Michael Kirchoff

To see images and information about the publication, please click here.
To learn more about the juror, please click here.
To learn more about the founding editor of Light Leaked, please click here.

Peter Brown Leighton at Northwest Vista College

I was lucky enough to have the chance to curate Man Lives Through Plutonium Blast by Peter Brown Leighton at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, Texas. The exhibit will be featured in the Palmetto Center for the Art’s gallery space from October 29th to December 2nd.

Writing in 1961, a year before the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez declared that life was the best thing ever invented. If we are to take him at his word, the question left begging is this: If life is in fact the best of inventions, why is it, in our modern era, that humanity seems so persistently inclined to push itself to the very brink of extinction in ever more creative and lethal ways?

The imaginary vernacular images in the series, “Man Lives Through Plutonium Blast”, have been created in the shadows of this paradox. Rooted in the soil of my coming of age, its images are sourced from bits and pieces of discarded analog photographs acquired over the years from the dust bins of the twentieth century.

They represent narrative threads populated by monochrome men fallen from grace, ambivalent women standing on the cusp of reinvention and feral, free range children born to run, all living with the threat of an end to the world as they know it circling high overhead.

These are cultural themes established in my youth that have continued to mutate and metastasize in society for the better part of my life. They inform works in this portfolio that are of the past and yet are also of the world as we know it today, spilling over with question marks and exclamation points, as unpredictable and absurd as ever.
Peter Brown Leighton

To see more of Peter Brown Leighton’s work, please click here.

Color

I'm extremely honored to be included in the Color exhibition at the Southeast Center for Photography in Greenville, South Carolina, which was juried by Guy Tal. The exhibition opens on August 3rd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and it will close on August 28th.

This show features so many amazing images by a plethora of talented photographers, including Claudio Ahlers, Stephen Ashley, Xavier Blondeau, Werner Bonitz, Ludivine Cassan, George Cavalletto, Ron Cooper, Catherine Fairchild, Jane Freely, Samantha Gross, Richard Greene, Patty Hankins, Michael Hart, William Hillyer, Charles Hively, Andrew Hoff, Jon Holloway, Carrie Johnson, Steve Knight, Simon Lewis, Allan Markman, Tanner Messer, Tom Peterson, Parker Reinecker, Sascha Richter, Anita Seltzer, Paul David Shea, Gregory Spaid, Mickey Strider, Kathy Vaksaovich, Wes Walker, Timothy Walker, and Rowene Weems.

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The Color photograph. We want to celebrate Color in all its forms at the SE Center. Our juror, Guy Tal, wanted to see creativity and self-expression, and Color, of course. All subjects, analog, digital or antique processes, photographers of all skill levels and locations.

To see all of the images in the exhibition, please click here.

The Family of No Man

I'm really excited to be a part of The Family of No Man exhibition at Les Rencontres d'Arles this week. 🇫🇷

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The Family of No Man will be one of the main curatorial events at Cosmos Arles 2018. It includes images from nearly 500 women and inter-gender artists and is curated by Natahsa Christia and Brad Feuerhelm. The aim of this radical curatorial proposition is to revisit Edward Steichen's original Family of Man exhibition (1955), which, in its time, was described as "one of the most ambitious undertakings in an art museum." The Family of No Man will seek to replace the visual register of white male dominance inherent in the original project with an inclusive visual platform of how the world is seen through non-male eyes.

To see all of the images from the exhibition, please click here.

Home

I feel so fortunate to be included in Don't Smile's Home online exhibition, which was curated by Davìda Carta. There are a lot of poignant, sentimental, and sophisticated imagery included.
Check out all of the work here.

Some of the featured artists include: Phillipa Bloom, Jennie Castle, Elisabetta Cociani, Ginger Cook, Deanna Dikeman, Carissa Dorson, Luar Klinghofer Bar Dov, Amber Eckersley, Kristen Emack, Sara Fahling, Jezabeth Gonzalez, Leah Gose, Jamie Ho, Frances Jakubek, Karolina Kase, Epiphany Knedler, Parvathi Kumar, Sara McIngvale, Kristen McNevins, Sarah Malakoff, Jennifer Mawson, Cristina Rivera, Erika Roa, Karina Rocco, Jesse Shamon, Kaitlyn Jo Smith, Shannon Smith, Morgan Stephenson, Sammy Sweeney, Fiona Szende, Amy Thompson Avishai, Mallory Trecaso, and Charlotte Woolf.

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Don't Smile used 100% of the submission fees for Home to donate $1,300 to The Root Social Justice Center in Battleboro, Vermont. The Root Social Justice Center provides an accessible space in Southern Vermont for social justice groups to meet and is a hub for racial justice organizing.

Don't Smile's purpose is simple - to carve out a space of the internet exclusively dedicated for showcasing exceptional photography by women, both established and emerging. The world still seems to be struggling to make space for women in museums, galleries, and print. Don't Smile aims to aid in the shift to a more inclusive industry that celebrates extraordinary photographic work by women from all walks of life and backgrounds.

To learn more about Don't Smile, please visit: http://dont-smile.com/

Don't Smile Zine: Year Two

I'm so honored to be included in this stellar publication, along with a multitude of fabulous female-identifying photographers. Tons of thanks and gratitude to Don't Smile and Melissa Kreider for putting together an absolutely phenomenal outlet that supports art, women, and so many charitable causes.

Click here to pre-order your copy today!

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Don't Smile's purpose is simple - to carve out a space of the internet exclusively dedicated for showcasing exceptional photography by women, both established and emerging. The world still seems to be struggling to make space for women in museums, galleries, and print. Don't Smile aims to aid in the shift to a more inclusive industry that celebrates extraordinary photographic work by women from all walks of life and backgrounds.

Memory at Midwest Center for Photography

I'm elated to be included amongst so many talented photographers in the Memory exhibition at the Midwest Center for Photography in Wichita, Kansas. It will be running from February 23rd through March 16th, with an opening on February 23rd from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. To see the work in the exhibition, please click here.

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Our current state of awareness is deeply influenced by our experiences, interpretations and memories of the past. These memories shape our stories, our personal histories and identities. Photography is intrinsically a long-standing tool for capturing moments, and the medium has the uncanny ability to recall times that possibly otherwise would have been forgotten. The act of observation and using the camera as a keepsake box to preserve our histories is a unique characteristic of the medium. The photographic works which encompass this exhibition explore the notion of memory through intimate expressions of personal histories, courageously expressed recollections, and a range of experiences.

Publication Fellowship at Peripheral Vision Press

I'm ecstatic about being chosen as a Publication Fellow in Issue 8 at Peripheral Vision Press. There is quite an array of amazing work by so many fantastic artists, including: Liz Nurenberg, Basil Kincaid, Julie Alpert, Spooky Boobs Collective, SV Randall, Olaniyi Akindiya, Constance Mallinson, Eloisa Guanlao, Jessica Wohl, George Ian McMahon, Lauren Davies, Crystal Gregory, Donnabelle Casis, Katie Duffy, Ryder Richards, Julia Betts, Aimee Odum, Rui Hu, and Marisa Finos. To see all of the work, click here.

Peripheral Vision No. 8 will be available for pre-sale on March 16, 2018 at a price of $30. To inquire about distribution, contact Scott Gleeson at editor@peripheralvisionpress.com.

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The first print volume (Issue 8) will feature:

  • Twenty accomplished American artists with 5-25+ years professional experience

  • 6x9 vertical paperback journal format

  • 160 pages of text and full color images

  • Essays, Interviews, Solo Exhibitions, Profiles, and Photo Essays

Peripheral Vision is an independent press dedicated to expanding critical dialogues about American art through visionary publication and curatorial initiatives. Launched in 2016 by Texas artist and art historian Scott Gleeson, Peripheral Vision has commissioned 183,000 words of content for 148 artists, publishing both long and short form essays, as well as interviews and artist profiles.

To learn more about Peripheral Vision, click here.

7th Annual Armstrong National 2-D Exhibition

I'm so excited and honored to be included in Armstrong State University's 7th Annual 2-D Exhibition which was juried by artist and University of North Florida Professor, Jason John. The exhibition will be on view at Armstrong State University's Department of Art, Music and Theater from December 11th to January 17th, with a reception on January 17th. Check it out if you find yourself in the area!

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Over the past six years more than a thousand works of art have been submitted to this competition. Each year the judges select 30 finalists from a growing pool of talented young and mid-career artists throughout the nation whose work covers a variety of concepts and addresses different issues and technical considerations in art.

Not for the Faint of Heart

I feel very lucky to be included in Don't Smile's online exhibit: Not for the Faint of Heart, which was curated by Rachael Banks. There were a lot of really creepy, cool works included - just in time for Friday the 13th! Check out all of the work here.

Some of the featured artists include: Madeline Cass, Ally Christmas, Krista Darling, Lucy Deverall in collaboration with Kasey Clarke, Lindsay Godin, Ashley Goodwin, Ani Kington, Emma Kisiel, Megan Lynch, Rebecca Memoli, Nicole Norman, Julia Rowinski, Htet San, Kate Truisi, Sloane Volpe, and Clare Welsh.

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Don't Smile was able to donate $415 to Safe Place, which provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need using the submission fees collected for this exhibition.

Don't Smile's purpose is simple - to carve out a space of the internet exclusively dedicated for showcasing exceptional photography by women, both established and emerging. The world still seems to be struggling to make space for women in museums, galleries, and print. Don't Smile aims to aid in the shift to a more inclusive industry that celebrates extraordinary photographic work by women from all walks of life and backgrounds.

To learn more about Don't Smile, please visit: http://dont-smile.com/

Time Capsule for Digital Pro Lab

I'm beyond fortunate to be a part of Digital Pro Lab's Time Capsule exhibition that was curated by Scott Martin and Jenny Browne. The exhibit will be on view for the upcoming Fotoseptiembre, an International Photography Festival in San Antonio, Texas. The photographs will be on view from August 26th to October 14th, with an opening reception on August 26th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm!

Featured artists include Anita Gentry, Anne Wallace, Danielle Charles, David Rubin, Edward Leafe, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Guilherme Bergamini, Hector Garza, Jeanne Harford, Julya Jara, Kevin Washington, Mark Hiebert, Mary Lou Uttermohlen, Mary Lynn Sutherland, Matt Fisher, Megan Lopez, Nina Padilla, R Michael Berrier, and Trish Simonite.

A time capsule is traditionally a collection of objects and information gathered in an attempt to communicate with an imagined future; as such, good ones evoke the essence of a person, a place, or a particular moment in time. We like to imagine the questions the future might ask us in return: What does this say? About you? About the world? Why did you save it? How did it feel to be there?

Each and every person amasses knowledge on a daily basis. We learn. We question. We explore and experience. With the transformation of its entire retail space into an art gallery, Digital Pro Lab will showcase 24 images from 20 international, national, regional, and local artists that will explore the theme, 
Time Capsule.

For more informtion, visit Digital Pro Lab or FOTOSEPTIEMBRE.

Memory at Sly Cat Gallery

I'm very excited to be a part of the Memory exhibition at Sly Cat Gallery in Cedar Hill, Texas, along with artists of varying mediums, including Laura Davidson, Christine Engebretsen, David Farrell, Curtis Frederick, Jamie Gardner, Sarah Graham, Kenna Boles Prior, David Ross, Hannah Tyler, Steve Vanderwold, and Ricky Dean Wyrick. This exhibit will be featured at the gallery until September 2nd with a reception on June 10th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm!

For more information, check out Sly Cat Gallery!

Ours Photo Magazine

I'm thrilled to be an honoree, as well as a part of the most recent online exhibition with Ours Photo Magazine. It's an amazing online photography magazine and resource that aims to "bring female identifying photographers to the forefront of the world and be a resource for the history of female photography."

Their most recent online exhibit is ISO & Rainbows which "focuses on the vibrance, saturation and color play in the photographer's work. The subject matter is not the focus; the finished product of the photograph is."

Please take some time to check out (and bookmark!) this wonderful and necessary resource. It's filled with great information, as well as stunning imagery by female photographers from the past and present. And to top it all off, it's run by some rad SCAD ladies.

Check out their write-up about my work here.

A Smith Gallery: Earth

As always, I'm elated to be included in another A Smith Gallery exhibition with so many talented, creative, and inspiring photographers. The Earth exhibit was curated by Paula Tognarelli, the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts. It will be running from February 3rd through March 12th, with an opening reception on February 25th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

PhotoPlace Gallery: Still Life: The Ordinary Made Extraordinary

I am so honored and humbled to be included in the exhibit Still Life: The Ordinary Made Extraordinary at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont. My mentor and boss, Tina Weitz, will also have one of her beautiful Polaroids featured in the exhibit. All of their exhibitions feature amazing, well-crafted imagery and I'm thankful to be a part of it. The exhibit will run between January 2nd and January 27th, making it my first show of 2017!

I am honored to have juried the work for Still Life: The Ordinary Made Extraordinary for PhotoPlace Gallery. But I have to say how difficult it was because I don't think there was one image submitted that could not have gone in this exhibition. However, because of the huge number of images, only a small number of them could be selected for both exhibitions. I was greatly dismayed that so much truly excellent work had to be eliminated. It's obvious that some of the entries were from professional photographers whose work is very sophisticated, polished and technically excellent. I appreciate the care and skill that this kind of studio work requires, but I wanted to indulge images that had some magic and spontaneity - images that are poetic and playful, and not so carefully considered or contrived.

This was also a humbling experience. I was blown away by how much talent there is 'out there', and I wish everyone the best in their lives as photographers and artists.

Kate Breakey

Anamesa Journal: Glass Ceilings

I am thrilled to have a piece included in the Fall issue of New York University's Anamesa Journal. The journal features work by artists, poets, writers, and other creatives, which allows for a wide range of perspectives on the chosen topic, Glass Ceilings. It's always an intriguing combination of works and I'm so thankful to be shown amongst such a fascinating group of people. The journal will be available for view in print and online by mid-December.

Glass Ceiling is a core metaphor of the feminist movement. It is worth noting that this ceiling is singular. But what of other ceilings? For different individuals and groups in our society, the glass ceilings are many and varied. Yet all of these ceilings help constitute each other. All of them are barriers to better lives.

This is why
Anamesa has opted for the theme of our fall 2016 issue to be "glass ceilings" - an acknowledgement of multivalency when it comes to the systemic limitations applied to certain groups of people. What do we mean by "glass ceilings?" Glass ceilings are the social structures that hinder marginalized factions' ability to succeed at an institutional level while guarding the privilege and stability of those above the ceilings. Further, those affected by institutional oppression know about surviving under glass ceilings. Our society claims that all people are entitled to their lives, that they have the right to make their own decisions about how they want to live those lives. Our society insists that all people can seize the opportunity to better their own conditions, as well as the lives of their children. How do we truly live up to these claims on a societal and individual level and how do we discuss glass ceilings in life and across academic disciplines?

Glass ceilings pervade our culture, although they are often ignored. We must identify them in so that we might shatter preconceived notions that reinforce such despotic conditions. We must look both outward and inward. In this way, we will begin to know our personal and collective glass ceilings.

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