Ryan Upp Curates Emerging Photographer Exhibition

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 25 UNDER 25, THE EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHER:
Contemporary photographs by the next generation of artists
Curated by Ryan Upp

The Galleries at CSU, South Gallery
January 16 – March 1, 2014
Opening Reception Friday, January 17 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm , Artist Talk 6:30 pm

Curator’s Statement:

As I embarked on curating a show recognizing the emerging photographer I quickly realized that all of the artists I felt drawn to were really quite young. The professionalism and expertise in the work I uncovered marveled that of photographers who have been in the business for years. Amazingly, most of these young minds are self taught and have created a support system for one another through social media networks such as Facebook and Instagram. I had discovered a group of individuals, working almost as a single unit, without the typical competitiveness and self absorption thats often seen in those attempting to make a name for themselves. They bounce ideas off one another, provide constructive positive feedback, and host outings where they model for each other’s images. I quickly noticed a reoccurring theme of the innocent human figure surrounded by the natural world. The work is timeless, provocative and has a universal theme of innocence. When we are young we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can.

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Artists included in the exhibition:

Shane Black
Jacqueline Bon
Davit Botchorishvilli
Nicolas Bruno
Brendon Burton
Robby Cavanaugh
Marley Cumbee
Elisabeth Dare
Amelia Fletcher
Robert Moses Joyce
Breanna Kulkin
Sarah Haley
Jessica Neuwerth
Brian Oldham
Nicholas Scarpinato
Alison Scarpulla
Felicia Simion
Steven Sites
Victoria Smyrniotis
Alex Stoddard
David Talley
Gina Vasquez
Erika Victor
Brad Wagner
Rob Woodcox

Also on View:

HEPHAESTOS CHALLENGED: 7 WOMEN SCULPTORS
January 16 – March 1, 2014
Opening Reception Thursday, January 16th from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Artist Talk 6:30 pm

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Contemporary Sculpture exhibition of works by university sculpture professors in the region with Lisa Austin of Edinboro University of PA, Carmel Buckley of Ohio State University, Kate Budd of The University of Akron, Lane Cooper of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Alison Crocetta of Ohio State University, Isabel Farnsworth of Kent State University, and Irina Koukhanova of Cleveland State University; curated by Robert Thurmer.

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