Beyond the Lens 2010
Fourth Annual Photography Exhibition

On Exhibition: January 9 – February 7, 2010
A  juried Exhibition of Photographic work. 

Best of Show
Gary Morrison "Sunrise"

Best of Show: Gary Morrison

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Best of Show: Gary Morrison
Best of Show
Gary Morrison "Sunrise" 
1st Place: Beth Goyer
1st Place
Beth Goyer "Machu Picchu, Peru" 
2nd Place: Sam Abatgis
2nd Place
Sam Abatgis "Hydrogenesis"
3rd Place: Barbara Zucker
3rd Place
Barbara Zucker "It's a Kite" 
Honorable Mention: Jessica Dreyer
Honorable Mention
Jessica Dreyer "Harbor at Dawn" 
Honorable Mention: Greg Kluempers
Honorable Mention
Greg Kluempers "Dynamic Orange" 
Honorable Mention: Richard Brock
Honorable Mention
Richard Brock "The Art of Coffee"
Honorable Mention: Gary Morrison
Honorable Mention
Gary Morrison "Serenity"  
Honorable Mention: Greg Kluempers
Honorable Mention
Greg Kluempers "Fall-Elsah, IL" 

About the Judge  
      Our Judge for this exhibit is Jeffrey Vaughn, a Professor of Art who is based in Alton, Illinois. Vaughn received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from WashingtonUniversity in St. Louis in 1978 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas in 1983. He is a painter, photographer, and educator who has exhibited nationally since the 1980’s.  Vaughn has had over 25 solo exhibitions as well as numerous group exhibitions, which includes Illinois, Missouri, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Kentucky, Texas, and California.   His paintings and photographs are included in over one hundred collections primarily in the Midwest and on the East Coast. He has taught art at St. LouisUniversity, FontbonneUniversity in St. Louis, and most recently at Lewis and ClarkCollege in Godfrey, IL.

Juror's Statement:
      "I was very impressed by the overall quality of the photographs submitted for the show. Upon entering the gallery and perusing the photographs, certain larger scale images jumped out of the group and caught my eye. I then noticed a number of very graphic and compositionally strong photographs. Eventually, I discovered the smaller, more intimate prints that entice the eye to stay and savor the delightful moment of magical discovery. It was a rewarding experience to narrow down the entries to what I believed to be a consistently strong group of images. Upon concentrated study, eventually the strong images came forward. It is a sense of discovery as if I these wonderful works quietly wait to tell their story. I find that parameters that I set for myself in my own work tend to fall away as I discover successful images made in a variety of mediums ranging from film to digital and video stills.
     There were effective images in the traditional black and white medium, such as “Serenity” with its rich tonal range from black to white, and others like “Harbor at Dawn” that were subtle and utilized a minimal gray scale. On the other hand, I was enamored and taught new visual lessons by works such as the video still “Hydrogenesis”, which had the underpinnings of primordial creation and called to mind Surrealist images. I very much appreciate color photography and was not disappointed by the vibrant color, but still true to nature in “Sunrise” with its beautiful warm reflected tones and cool blues escaping the morning sun. Then there is the subtle and delightful color of “It’s a Kite” with it’s Holga like softness and stunningly sharp focal point of the floating kite.
     The abstract “Dynamic Orange” seems to utilize digital imaging in the most natural way, which appears to be an image remarkably captured from observation. Others appeared as strong compositions, such as the natural light and color of “Fall-Elsah” with it’s sheer balance of vertical shapes and “The Art of Coffee” produced from the venerable medium of film with it’s captivating graphic design of contrast and black negative space. Last, but not least is the beautiful “Machu Picchu, Peru”, an image of Inca ruins that I have seen photographed many times. However, this is fresh and new with textured, subtle, harmonious color and a centered, dark mountainous shape surrounded by a panoramic setting."
         Juror Jeffrey Vaughn January 6, 2010

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