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Honorable Mentions: Stacie Ann Smith, Tom Chambers & Jeannie Hutchins
L.A. Photo Curator: International Photography Awards - 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' Honorable Mentions: Stacie Ann Smith, Tom Chambers & Jeannie Hutchins (click on image for larger view)
HOLLOW by Stacie Ann Smith
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Honorable Mention: 'HOLLOW' by Stacie Ann Smith

Curator Adam Finkelston: "I loved Stacie Ann Smith’s images of the figure in nature, suggesting a feeling of disconnect or longing for a closer relationship to birds, trees, and sky."

Stacie Ann Smith's image transfers explore her connection and continual disconnection to the divine as she twists to fit classic archetypes. These self portraits are transferred to wood then layered with acrylic paint, gold leaf, found objects and vintage medical illustrations.

Education
●    Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography 1999
Exhibitions
●    2016- “Man and Nature” 1st place, Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, Greenwood Village, CO
●    2016- “All Colorado Art Show” Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, Greenwood Village, CO
●    2015- “Wonderland” Honorable Mention, Smith and Lens Gallery; Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
●    2015- “Rock n' Roll” Smith and Lens Gallery; Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
●    2015- “A Surrealistic Manifesto” People’s Choice, Hinterland Gallery; Denver, CO
●    2015- “Focus” Spark Gallery; Denver, CO
●    2015- “Truth... and Perception” ACAD Gallery; Aurora, CO
●    1999- BFA show at Harris Fine Arts Center; Provo, Utah
●    2000- 2001 “Streaked with Light and Shadow: Portraits of Former Soviet Jews in Utah” Salt Lake City Public Library and six other Utah libraries throughout the year.
Bibliography
●    “Streaked with Light and Shadow: Portraits of Former Soviet Jews in Utah” Oral History Institute, 2000
●    “What Has Never Been… Is” Sabin Aell, 2015
Collections
●    Oral History Institute, Salt Lake City, UT
●    Private Collections in California, Colorado, Germany, Australia, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia and Utah

                                        www.stacie@stacieannsmith.com         www.stacieannsmith.com/gallery/fine-art-2/              
L.A. Photo Curator: International Photography Awards - 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' Honorable Mentions: Stacie Ann Smith, Tom Chambers & Jeannie Hutchins
PRETTY AS ME by Tom Chambers

Honorable Mention: 'PRETTY AS ME' by Tom Chambers

Curator Adam Finkelston: "Tom Chambers’ images are so finely crafted, full of symbols and visual labyrinths. They are colorful and sharp, almost surreal in their dreaminess."

Tom Chambers says of this series, 'Animal Visions', "All my life I have held a fascination with the animal kingdom, which began in my childhood growing up on a farm and extended into my adult years. On some inexplicable level I feel a special connection with both domesticated and wild animals. In this series Animal Visions my photomontages tell stories about these relationships.
 
While working on Animal Visions I found myself circling back to the influence of magic realism. In the early 20th century Latin American writers and artists used magic realism to create images, which with a simple twist go beyond the expected into the unexpected. In this series I have constructed images to tell unfinished stories, which initially might seem true and believable, but likely are improbable. As I imagined in my childhood the animals and humans share a kindred connection."

Since 1998 Tom Chambers has shown photomontage images from eight photographic series both nationally and internationally in twenty solo exhibitions and over seventy group exhibitions and art fairs. Tom completed a B.F.A. in 1985 from The Ringling School of Art, Sarasota, Florida majoring in graphic design with an emphasis in photography. 
 
Tom has received fellowships from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.  Tom’s photography is held in the
collections of the National Museum of Photography, Bogotá, Colombia;
California Sate Polytechnic University; Santa Barbara Museum of Art,
CA; Santa Fe Museum of Art, NM; Sir Richard Branson, personal collection; and the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  Tom’s work has been published in multiple publications and books. Entropic Kingdom, containing images from five series, was published by Modernbook Editions in 2012.  Galerie Vevais published Werkdruck No. 6 in 2015, featuring his Illumination series. Chambers is represented by Chase Young Gallery, Boston, MA & Gilman Contemporary, Sun Valley, ID

www.tomchambersphoto.com
L.A. Photo Curator: International Photography Awards - 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' Honorable Mentions: Stacie Ann Smith, Tom Chambers & Jeannie Hutchins (click on image for larger view)
NO ANSWERS #1 by Jeannie Hutchins
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Honorable Mention: 'NO ANSWERS #1' by Jeannie Hutchins

Curator Adam Finkelston: "Jeannie Hutchins’ images seem profound and weighty, celebrating life by acknowledging the steady, “tick tick tick” of time."

Jeannie Hutchins says of her work, "I am interested in making photographs that question not only visual reality but existential reality as well. The photographic process is what allows me to explore space, time, mortality, and immortality without being constrained by my culture’s expectations.

I use the camera to try to find answers to Life’s Unanswerable Questions.  I still have no answers, so I keep on photographing."
 
No Answers 
I don’t believe in a god yet he confronts me.
I ask what is beyond the stars yet, don’t know what is here.
I feel the movement of time but I don’t know where it is going.
I want to know what is next but can’t even know what is now.
I ask if my future lies in the Abyss and grapple with that possibility.
I feel the draw of my culture’s mythology but don’t trust the metaphors.
I choose but don’t know what I’ve chosen.

Photographer Jeannie Hutchins now lives back in Maine after decades living “away”.  Having had careers as a community health nurse and as an upholsterer, both in the USA and Canada, she now spends less time fixing people and things, and more time just wondering. 

Jeannie often uses the camera to make images that explore life’s unanswerable questions. Her images confront metaphysical concepts regarding our relationship with time and space.  Her recent body of work, “No Answers,” is a continuation of this same theme.  It attests to the fact that she is not the first artist to explore what it feels like to confront the unknown.

Besides being inspired to use photography for artistic explorations of ideas, Jeannie is interested in the creation of the physical photographic image and what this means as a form of expression. Many of her photographic images end up as either gum dichromate prints or other multimedia fabrications.

Her hand-made gum dichromate prints, along with other photographic imagery, have been shown in numerous juried exhibitions. Recent venues include the Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ, the Soho Photographic Gallery in New York, and Black Box Gallery in Portland, OR. Her work has been featured in several magazines and books including in The Hand Magazine and A Step by Step Manual Highlighting Artists and Their Creative Practice.

She also is a workshop instructor, Nature Photography Walk, Coastal Mountain Land Trust, Camden, ME, 2016, editorial photographer for local college and various non-profit institutions.(2013-2016), a
skilled Tri-color gum printer & a member of the Gum Bichromate Photography Group. 
 
www.JeannieHutchins.com
 
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