September 7 to November 4, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, September 14 | 5:30pm to 7:00pm
This annual juried exhibit will test the limits of what you think of when you hear the word landscape! While many artists portray classic landscape paintings, others delve into more abstract realms. This year’s exhibit includes painting, drawing, mixed-media, digital art, photography, and film submissions.
“I was delighted with the quality and breath of the artworks submitted for this exhibition. Choosing from among them was difficult. Even more difficult was choosing winners from so many deserving works. The pieces that were awarded prizes were technically and aesthetically accomplished and also expressed something essential about our current historical moment.
The figures in Ashley Carlson’s Hollister, ID, rendered in pencil and not defined as individuals, invite the viewer to step into their place. This, the soft colors surrounding them, and the distant horizon beyond them, reinforce the sense that they – and by extension we – are at once escaping something that is fading and are coming together to connect to each other and to the land. The barren and desolate appearance of John Puffer’s abandoned golf course: Vincennes, Indiana belies a glimmer of hope that these man-altered landscapes could soon be restored to a wild and ecologically healthy state. The degradation of photographic materials in R.J. Moser’s video, All That is Left are Memories and Impressions is a metaphor for the degradation of our environment and the accompanying sense of mourning and loss.”
Isabella LaRocca is an artist working primarily with photography and motion pictures. Her work is part of a long tradition in photography: to bring to light and find beauty in the disregarded. Awards for her work include the Ferguson Grant from the Friends of Photography in San Francisco, CA for excellence and commitment to the field of photography. Her photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States including a solo show at the Center for Photography in Woodstock, NY. La Rocca received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.F.A. in Photography from Indiana University. She currently teaches Photography and Moving Image in the Art Program at Centre College.