Art Now: Photography 2016

Art Now Photography Ann Arbor Art Center


ART NOW 2016

APRIL 1 to may 14 | 117 Gallery

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ART NOW: PHOTOGRAPHY is the second annual exhibition in the Ann Arbor Art Center’s Art Now Series. Each year, on a rotating basis, the AAAC will present a media-focused exhibition as part of the series. We are pleased to present this year’s exhibit which features innovative work in photography.

Contemporary photography in America is at an exciting and transitory moment. Since the advent of digital photography, the medium has continued to shapeshift into an increasingly inclusive art form. It has been estimated that around 1.4 billion photographs are taken every day, and even more “photographs” can be created by using scanners or creating photographic elements in digital software.

Some photographic artists continue to use photography in traditional ways: to capture and record the actual world. From the most news-worthy events to the smallest domestic moments, the strength of these images is reliant on the perceptiveness and timeliness of the photographers making them. Other photographic artists create complicated digital collages that bear many similarities to painting. By removing the necessity of photography to show the thing itself, these artists can create constructed scenes within a photograph that never existed in the physical world. To complicate the medium further, the last several decades have produced a resurgence of photographs created through historic processes like cyanotype and wet collodian. Defining what photography is and what a photograph looks like has never been more challenging.

While the world is currently experiencing an overflow of photographic images, what makes a photograph successful has stayed relatively unchanged. ART NOW: PHOTOGRAPHY will highlight photographic artists that are able to use the world as a raw material to communicate their own visions and experiences. While the processes may vary significantly, this exhibition will highlight innovative artists working in photography whose practices shapes what Photography is in 2016.


This year’s juror is Millee Tibbs.

Millee Tibbs is a visual artist residing in Detroit, MI. Her work has been shown throughout the United States and Latin America, including solo exhibitions at Blue Sky Gallery – Oregon Center for Photographic Arts, Notre Dame University, the University of Massachusetts (Lowell), La Patronal Espacio Proyecto (Buenos Aires), and El Centro Cultural de España (Santo Domingo). Recently, she was included in “After Ansel Adams” (Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego), and “America in View: Landscape Photography: 1865 to Now, (RISD Museum, Providence). Tibbs’ work is held in the permanent collections of the RISD Museum, the Portland Art Museum, and in the Midwest Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago). She has won numerous awards including studio residencies at the MacDowell Colony, VCCA, Jentel, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and LPEP in Buenos Aires; as well as Puffin Foundation West and ISE Cultural Foundation grants. Tibbs is currently an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University.

Featured artists

Jim Aho • Christine Atkinson • Philip Augustin • Janet Baugher • Cecilia Borgenstam • Seder Burns • Lorraine Castillo • Brittney Denham • Alexander Diaz •  Jennifer Eason • Steven Edson • Sean Fox • Marco Garabello • Phil Gilchrist • Juan Giraldo • Sarah Grew • Richard Haley • Christian Hendricks • Lori Hepner • Ethan Jones • Lori Kella • Horace  Kerr II • Dean Kessmann • Chrissy  LaMaster • Stephanie Lehr • Wen Hang Lin • Matthew Moore • Sarah Palmeri •David Quinn • Chris Ridgway • John Sanderson • Lisa Shaw • Harry Umen • Tracy Wascom • Christina Washington


Entries Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 13
Artists Notified by email if artwork is accepted/declined: Monday, March 21
Accepted Works Drop-off Deadline: Monday, March 28
Opening Reception (and Announcement of Winners): Friday, April 1
Exhibition Closes: Saturday, May 14
Pick-up of Work: May 15-17


Best of Show – Janet Gallup Award $500
Second Place – $200
Third Place – $100
Two Honorable Mentions

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