Photowork '16

29th Annual National Juried Photography Exhibition

Juror:  Karen Irvine, Curator and Associate Director, 
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

Exhibition Dates:   Saturday, March 19 - Saturday, April 30, 2016

Leah Oates, Transitory Space, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Winter 2014

Leah Oates, Transitory Space, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Winter 2014


Photowork is a premier regional exhibition of new photographic images. The show is visited by art appreciators from a five-county area including parts of Connecticut and New York City. As a national show, this exhibition brings together photographers from across the country with artists from 30 to 40 states represented each year.The spirit of the show is a juxtaposition of traditional styles and cutting edge images. The show celebrates the photograph both as FINE ART and as SOCIAL COMMENTARY. Winners in the past have included traditional 35mm photographs, silver gelatin prints, digital prints and even pinhole camera pictures! Cash prizes are awarded.


Karen Irvine is Curator and Associate Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. She has organized over forty five exhibitions of contemporary photography, at the MoCP and other venues including the Hyde Park Art Center;  Rockford Art Museum; Lishui International Photography Festival, China; Daegu Photography Biennale, South Korea, and the New York Photo Festival. Irvine has contributed texts to many publications including FOAMArt on Paper and Contemporary magazines and monographs including Ann Lislegaard: Eyes Wide Open (The Royal Museum of Photography, Copenhagen); Paula McCartney: Non-flights of Fancy (Princeton Architectural Press); Barbara Probst: Exposures (Steidl); Redheaded Peckerwood by Christian Patterson (MACK), and Stefan Heyne Speak to Me (Hatje Cantz), amongst others. She has a BA in French and International Relations from Tufts University, Medford, MA, an MFA in photography from FAMU, Prague, Czech Republic, and an MA in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Artists selected for this year's exhibition:

Lars Anderson, Cincinnati OH  |  Amy Becker, Madison NJ

Eric Bladholm, Chicago IL  |  Patrick Carr, Evanston IL

Sally Chapman, Medford MA  |  Mark Chen, Vienna VA

Carli Choi, New York NY  |  Sharon Covert, Tinton Falls NJ

Shona Curtis, New Preston CT  |  John Francis, Boise ID

Julie Gautier-Downes, Spokane WA  |  Karen Graffeo, Birmingham AL

Natalie Fay Green, Bethesda MD  |  Canbra Hodsdon, Boston MA

Janet Holmes, New York NY  |  Susan Keiser, Ossining NY

John Lawler, Hattiesburg MS  |  James Long, New York NY

Emily Loving, Dallas TX  |  Michael Marshall, Athens GA

Jonathan McFadden, Lexington KY  |  Jenna Mulhall-Brereton, Oreland PA  

Paul Murray, Jamestown RI  |  Paolo Nigris, Poughkeepsie, NY

Leah Oates, Brooklyn NY  |  Jackson Patterson, Chicago IL

James Reeder, Brooklyn NY  |  Mark Schoon, Atlanta GA

Everett Smith, Boise ID  |  Mike Vance, St. Paul MN

Aaron Wax, Brooklyn NY  |  Colin Young, Brooklyn NY

Zijie Zhu, New York NY