BANGOR — The University of Maine Museum of Art has announced the selection of 34 photographers for the museum’s exhibition “Photo National 2011: A Survey of Contemporary Photography,” which will run June 24-Sept. 24 at 40 Harlow St.
The Photo National exhibition is UMMA’s first juried competition open to fine art photographers from throughout the country. One hundred thirty-two individuals submitted materials for this highly competitive exhibition that offers a glimpse into the diversity of contemporary photographic processes and approaches prevalent today.
The jurors for Photo National 2011 were Brian Paul Clamp and George Kinghorn. Clamp earned a master of arts degree in critical studies in modern art from Columbia University and is the director of ClampArt Gallery in New York City.
George Kinghorn is director and curator of the University of Maine Museum of Art.
“When jurying the Photo National 2011 competition, I was struck by the vast diversity of work — not only in terms of subject matter, but also technique (including format, lighting, print type, etc.). It is truly exciting to see such a wide range of photographic art being produced with artists forging ahead in so many different directions,” said Clamp. “However, that diversity also made our job of choosing only a small group of works for the final show all the more difficult.”
The jurors were able to identify several common threads, including photo-documentary styles and the prevalence of digital color photography.
UMMA Director George Kinghorn said, “We are most enthusiastic about this exhibition as the selection represents new attitudes and approaches to image making. The quantity of color submissions attests to the wide-spread practice of digital photography and large-scale color printing.”
The Photo National 2011 exhibition will feature works by Keliy Anderson-Staley, Jeffery C. Becton, Melonie Bennett, Leslie Bowman, Anne-Claude Cotty, K.K. DePaul, Julie K. Gray, Paul Greenberg, Lydia A. Harris, Sean Alonzo Harris, Tom Hubbard, Rowan James, Greg Kaiser, Paul Karabinis, Lisa Kessler, J.J. L’Heureux, Alexandru Mandrila, Nancy M. Manter, Ben Marcin, Rania Matar, Michael Mergen, Meredith Miller, Robert Moran, Jim Nickelson, Christine Osinski, Rachel Bee Porter, Harold Ross, Dianna Rust, Magnus Stark, Sandra Stark, Rylan Steele, Sarah Szwajkos, Shoshannah White and Mong-Jane Wu.
The University of Maine Museum of Art, located in the heart of downtown Bangor, is part of the University of Maine, the state’s foremost public university. UMMA focuses on exhibiting contemporary art in all media and has a permanent collection of more than 3,700 objects with strengths in contemporary photography, works on paper and original prints.
The University of Maine Museum of Art is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 40 Harlow St. Admission is free in 2011 in memory of Ted Leonard thanks to Machias Savings Bank.