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Beyond the Lens XIV: A Photography Exhibition
Jan 17 - Feb 27, 2020    

Opening Reception January 24: 6-8pm

An exhibition of photographic works in all disciplines.

Featuring photographs by the following artists:  


Erik Anderson

Nicholas Becker

Jill Beyder

Dennis Borgman

Marcus Burzota

Michael Daft

Emil Davidzuk    

Jessica R. Dreyer

Tammi Elbert

Steve Femmer

Marcia Gay

Rich Gordon

Beth Goyer

David Hasty

Ash Hupperts

Pat Jackson

John Jurgiel

Patrick K. Kelly

Jenny Kettler

Greg Kluempers

Ken Konchel

John Kuntze

Christine Lohse

Dennis McCarthy

Liz McCarthy

Marty McKay

Hal Moran

Robin Osborne

Rosa Renner

Hamid Rostami

Sherry Salant

Jennifer Sarti

Carolyn Schlueter

Christy Schneller

Nora Schomogy

Christopher Seep

Kathy Stotler

Jim Trotter

Tricia Wakeman

Tom Watkins

Barbara Zucker


Reflection – Little Femme Osage Creek Photograph on Metal by Dennis McCarthy

    Reflection – Little Femme Osage Creek Photograph on Metal by 
    Dennis McCarthy. First PlaceBeyond the Lens XIII (2019)



First Place: 
London Tea Room
Erik Anderson

Second Place:
Taos, NM with Two Inches of Snow
Beth Goyer 

Third Place:
Sea Turtle Protection
Dennis Borgman

People's Choice Award
& Honorable Mention:
Tammi Elbert

Honorable Mention_
Chemical Building, 8th & Olive
Michael Daft

Honorable Mention:
Photograph by Jill Beyder

Honorable Mention 
Upside Down World
Hamid Rostami

Honorable Mention: 
Ken Konchel

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Juror’s Statement : Many thanks to Framations Gallery for giving me the opportunity and honor of jurying this years Beyond the Lens Exhibition. And thank you to all of the artists who submitted their work. I was impressed by the amount of work submitted as well as the range of subject matter. There were several pieces that were juried out of the exhibition that were phenomenal, and had they been entered into another exhibition, amongst a different collection of work, I would have swiftly selected them. That is always part of the challenge of jurying work; it’s ultimately subjective and calculated amongst a range of criteria, and rarely is it ever “good” or “bad.” Tracey Moffatt has a series of work that consists of photographs of athletes who came in fourth place: no gold, no silver, no bronze. The work is poignant and reflects a message that we don’t often get in life or in our art practice; the critical part is the work. Keep making your art and  putting it out there.
The works selected for the exhibition represent a wide variety of genres, processes, and concepts in photography. The exhibition features a range of digitally-processed work, silver gelatin prints, and cyanotypes on hand-embroidered fabric. Many works highlighted process, time, experimentation, and mystery, elements that have been connected to photography since its early invention. As an artist and educator, I am often looking at content-driven work, and  occasionally, the inclusion of an artist statement helped me understand someone’s vision. I also think about work in context with what’s happening in the world socially and politically. Art that carries a message is important, art that explores or confronts the challenging world that we live in is important, and equally important is work that gives us quiet pause and serves as a reminder that beauty still exists all around us. While many works in the exhibition included landscapes from distant places, it is also meaningful to come to know one’s own backyard. As someone who is new to the Midwest, I have a great appreciation for local artists who are examining and contemplating the shifting environ-ment that we live in.
The picks for honorable mention, first, second, and third place represent work that is reflective of 21st-century photography. Some of the photographs ask that we stop to examine our relationship with the natural world and the inevitable destruction if we fail to care for it. Some of the photographs communicate the value of a quiet moment and the contemplation of light and color. And other work emphasizes metaphor, meaning, and gesture. Each image  selected expressed a creative way of seeing and experiencing the world.
-Abbey Hepner, Assistant Professor of Art and Area Head of Photography, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville




Photograph by Abbey Hepner
Juror:  Abbey Hepner is an artist and educator interested in health, technology, & the environment. She received degrees in Studio Art and Psychology from the University of Utah and her MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico. Her work has been exhibited widely in such venues as the Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival (Kobe, Japan), SITE Santa Fe, the University of Buffalo Art Galleries, Noorderlicht Photofestival (Groningen, Netherlands), and the Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR). Her work has been recently highlighted in Hyperallergic, Lenscratch, Ars Technica, and Fraction Magazine. She has presented at numerous conferences including the 2015 International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Vancouver, Canada, and the 2016 and 2017 Society for Photographic Education (SPE) conferences. In the summer of 2018, she was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada. Hepner is the Chair of the Society for Photographic Education Southwest Chapter and co-founder of Creative Advocacy. She currently teaches at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as an Assistant Professor of Art and Area Head of Photography. 

From the artist's series Caretaker Robots.  Learn more about the artist at www.abbey-hepner.com.


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