Alter Ego July 31 – August 31, 2013
Opening Reception: August 2
Self-portraiture is often used to explore and manipulate identity. There is a performative aspect to this genre. By turning the camera on oneself the photographer is brought out from behind their lens, and able to choose how they would like to the world to see them. The photographer invites judgment and critique on not only their artistic message, but also their appearance and demeanor. For this exhibition, The Kiernan Gallery seeks self-portraits that provide insight into the â€œsecond selfâ€ that appears when artist becomes subject.
For this exhibition, juror Stephen Sheffield will select up to 25 images for display in the main gallery, and up to an additional 35 to be included in the online gallery. All images will be reproduced in an exhibition catalogue available for purchase. A Jurorâ€™s Choice and Directorâ€™s Choice will also be announced.
All photographic media are encouraged.
About the Juror:
Stephen Sheffield, a native of the Boston area, is an alumnus of Cornell University, where he obtained a BFA in painting and photography. He received his MFA in photography from the California College of the Arts, in Oakland/San Francisco, studying under Larry Sultan and Jean Finley.
His photographs, often self-portraits depict both everyday and unusual events, all framed by his unique, and occasionally dark, sense of humor. His masterful storytelling, use of traditional silver, alternative processes, mural printing, and large-scale photo assemblage bring to his work a unique and cinematic mood.
Stephen has exhibited nationally for over 20 years, and has a number of large and small-scale commissions in, Boston, Cambridge and Brooklyn NY. He has worked out of his studio in Bostonâ€™s Fort Point for over 18 years. Stephen is represented locally by the Panopticon gallery, and runs the advanced black and white silver photography major at the New England School of Photography in Boston.
We accept only digital submissions. All digital files should be provided as:
Image width not to exceed 1500 pixels on the longest side and at least 1024.
Files should be titled as LastName_FirstName_01Title.jpg. The number should correspond with the number on the submission form. No non-alpha-numeric characters.
Work that has been previously exhibited in the main gallery is not eligible to appear in subsequent shows.
Work that The Kiernan Gallery deems inappropriate (i.e. pornography) will not be submitted to the juror. When submitting images, bear in mind that The Kiernan Gallery is located in a small town in Virginia.
Email image files and Submission Form to email@example.com.
CD submissions may be mailed, but must be received by the submission deadline. Submission fee may be paid by check included with CD or by PayPal via the Pay Now button. Mail the CD (not DVD) with JPG files and Submission Form to:
The Kiernan Galleryâ€¨
23B West Washington St.â€¨
Lexington, VA 24450
There is a non-refundable fee of $25 for the first 5 images, and $5 for each additional image (up to 10 images total). Credit card or PayPal payments may be made using the Pay Now button. Checks may be mailed to the address above.
International submissions are accepted.
If you have any questions about submitting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artists will receive an email confirming their submission when we have received both payment and images.
Artists will receive an email notifying them of accepted work approximately eight days after the submission deadline. The juror will select up to 23 images for display in the main gallery, as well as up to an additional 35 for display in the online gallery. All accepted photographs are eligible for inclusion in a full color exhibition catalogue available for purchase from Blurb Books.
Artists exhibiting at the gallery may offer their work for sale. The Kiernan Gallery does not take a commission on sold works, but retains the right to negotiate 20%.
Artists retain full rights to their work. By submitting to The Kiernan Gallery, artists grant the use of selected images for the purpose of marketing the gallery and subsequent display on this website.ï»¿