The photographers in this exhibition balance the arts of mentoring and creating. Guest Curator Sue Abramson included the following image-makers in this exhibition: Karen Antonelli, Art Institute of Pittsburgh; Charlee Brodsky, Carnegie Mellon University; Angeliki Georgiou, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild; Richard Hurst, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; Karen Kaighin, The Ellis School; Jen Saffron, University of Pittsburgh ; Richard Stoner, Saint Vincent College; and Kaoru Tohara, Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
The recipient of Silver Eye’s 2003 Fellowship award was Sue Stepusin of Venetia, Pennsylvania. Stepusin’s black and white images documented the animals of her world including horses, cats, dogs and ducks. The juror was Laura Hoptman, Curator of Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA.
This group exhibition paid tribute to author Rachel Carson, known for celebrating the natural world. Rachel Carson grew up in Springdale, northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, along the Allegheny River. With encouragement from her mother she took a deep interest the bountiful natural surroundings of Western Pennsylvania.
Silver Eye’s 2002 Fellowship winner was Kerry Stuart Coppin of Bal Harbor, Florida. Coppin’s images were drawn from both Africa and Cuba and presented fresh and lyrical panoramic insights into both the land and the people he encountered during his travels. The juror was William Earle Williams, Professor of Fine Arts and Curator of Photography at Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania.
The artists in this exhibition – Ed Barbour, Lynn Johnson, Richard Kelly, Andrea London, Dennis Marsico, and Mark Perrott – photograph for magazines and journals as diverse as National Geographic, Fortune, Parenting, and Travel & Leisure. This exhibition provided them with the opportunity of responding to a self-imposed assignment.
The recipient of Silver Eye’s 2001 Fellowship competition was Susan Dunkerley, of Waco, Texas. Dunkerley’s images presented poetic and layered visual descriptions of everyday scenes. The juror was Jean Caslin, Executive Director, Houston Center for Photography.
Ansel Adams, probably the most famous photographer in the world, was a close friend and colleague of Edwin Land, who invented Polaroid. This exhibition celebrated the special relationship that existed between these two men, and included stellar enlargements as well as one-of-a-kind small black-and-white landscape images from the days when Adams served as a consultant to Polaroid Corporation.
This exhibition was organized and circulated by The International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York and presented a selection of cutting-edge Iris inkjet prints from the studio of Graham Nash. A comment from this famous musician explains his interest: “As the electric guitar determined a new direction in music and cultural attitudes in the ‘50s, I believe computers and interactive media will shape the visual art in the future.”
Martha Rial was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staff photographer who won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography. Jim Stone was an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of New Mexico. This exhibition presented two distinct ways of capturing Albania in the 1990s.
James VanDerZee (1886-1983) was the most prominent African-American photographer of the Twentieth century. This exhibit showcased his portraits of black New Yorkers, illustrating why he was the most comprehensive documentarian of the Harlem Renaissance.