Light Work Light Work is pleased to announce the 2019 Transmedia Photography Annual exhibition, featuring photographs by seniors from the Art Photography program in the Department of Transmedia in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. The exhibition will be on view in the Hallway Gallery at Light Work January 14 through March 1, 2019. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, January 31, from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
The exhibiting artists are Pat Boland, Chloe Conklin Woodrow, Mollie M. Crandell, Catherine E. Doherty, Nicolo Orson Gilmore, Charlotte Lester, Nick Polyzoides, Tyanna Asia Seton, Siyaka Taylor-Lewis, and Junxiu Wang.
Barbara Tannenbaum, Chair of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, and Curator of Photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art, served as juror to select images for Best of Show and Honorable Mention awards. Tyanna Seton took Best of Show and Honorable Mentions went to Mollie M. Crandell, Charlotte Lester, and Siyaka Taylor-Lewis. As Tannenbaum notes,
Beginning artists, whether painters, writers, or photographers, are often told to start by making art about the things they know. But it is hard to see one’s backyard, family member, friend, or neighborhood, with fresh eyes. Harder still to bring the viewer—who is a stranger—into that world and make them feel like a participant rather than a voyeur. Yet that is what Tyanna Seton, Mollie Crandell, and Charlotte Lester, and Siyaka Taylor-Lewis have accomplished. Each chose to address one of the most complex subjects: the human condition
These artists were all risk takers. They gambled on the arduous task of establishing a moment of intimacy between viewer and subject. And because every portrait reflects not just its subject but also its maker, between viewer and artist.
Professor Laura Heyman, of the Department of Transmedia, spoke to the importance of the annual collaboration, saying,
The Light Work staff and community congratulate all of these young artists on their accomplishments and wish them the best in their bright futures in the field of Photography.
On any given day students may be working alongside major international artists, forging important relationships and learning how to print, edit, and exhibit work by watching working artists do the same thing. Students get to test these skills in the annual TRM Light Work exhibition, which is not only the first exhibition for many art photography majors, but also an important learning opportunity for them. In addition to giving students the space to imagine how their thesis work might develop over the following months, the TRM Annual show introduces their work to their peers, the local community, and the renowned curators and critics who jury the exhibition.