Thank you so much for having me judge the Beyond the Lens XVI show at Framations. It’s an honor and a privilege to engage in a curatorial conversation with the community through viewing such great works of art. Special thanks to Amy for having me as a juror. And especially high remarks to all the entering artists. There was a great amount of exceptional work which made it hard to judge but it’s always a good problem to have. I encourage all submitting artists to continue to push their technique and concepts forward in new and inspiring directions.
This exhibition showcases a poignant diversity of photographic genres, concepts and mediums. Gallery goers will be delighted to see everything from nature photography and portraiture, to pictorial abstraction and architecture. Even original unique works of art like photograms and silver gelatin prints give this show depth and confirm a refinement of craft in the community. The breadth and body of work asks for pause and reflection on cultural and societal conventions.
There is resolution and stillness in this show; one that can only be found in the willingness to seek. I commend the courage of the photographers to map their concept from birth to creation. It’s always a pleasure to see this kind of talent and artistry.
Congratulations to all the emerging artists and awards winners. I look forward to seeing how they grow and develop new ways of seeing. I encourage the community to come out and experience the show. I hope it delights and inspires you as much as it did me. ~ Jenny Kettler
About the Juror:
Jenny Kettler is an artist, educator and explorer based in St. Louis, MO. In a recent project she surveyed the Midwestern landscape for three years photographing plastic bags caught in trees and bushes in a region with no bag bans. Her photographic work is hauntingly beautiful and explores the complex and interwoven relationships humans have with nature in the Anthropocene epoch.
Jenny has worked in education for nearly 20 years and taught locally and internationally, most notably Laumeier Sculpture Park, the Kemper Art Museum at Washington University, and the Kannada School in India. She currently runs the Education and Programming Department of the Foundry Art Centre and teaches photography at Lindenwood University.
She has a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and a Bachelors of Arts in Photojournalism from the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, MO. When not at the Foundry she enjoys riding her bike on the Katy Trail and practicing yoga.