Millay Colony and Bemis Residencies for Artists and Fine Art Photograrphers

There are two artist residencies great for photographers (as well as other types of visual artists).

The first is the Millay Colony for the Arts and is set in upstate New York (about an hour away from Yaddo in Saratoga).  Millay accepts a handful of artists, writers, and composers for each of their three and a half week sessions, April through November.  No letter of reference is required and the next due date is September 30, 2012.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, set in Omaha, offers three month residencies for a few artists at a time.  A stipend, studio and living apartment is included, and is set in downtown Omaha.  The deadline for the Bemis residency is October 1, 2012.  This could be a particularly interesting opportunity for a fine art photographer, I think, because its one of the few residencies that are in an urban location, and thus allows for more opportunities for shooting a variety of things.

Self portrait fine art photograph, Steve Giovinco

Self portrait fine art photograph taken in New Brunswick, Canada, on a foggy and slightly rainy morning along the coast.  I set up the tripod and made only a few images in the area that morning.  Nearby a few miles away was the strange hum of a nuclear power plant.

Art Photography Lecture at Aperture Foundation, “Photography Changes Everything”

There were a few interesting points made at a recent fine art photography lecture in Chelsea at the Aperture Foundation.

The panel discussion at Aperture focused on the recent book, ”Photography Changes Everything,” and included several of its writers: Carol Squiers (curator, writer), Marvin Heiferman (writer, curator, teacher), Merry Foresta (curator, writer), Wendy Ewald (artist, writer).

The room was packed, which seemed a good sign, and included a few photography collectors and dealers as well as students.

Marvin Heiferman moderated the evening and started by briefly discussing a range topics that loosely incorporated ways that photography impacts and intersects with contemporary life.  One memorable image that he projected showed a room filled with several waist-high scattered piles of paper which represented a million photographs that are uploaded to Flickr each day.

Merry Foresta, who wrote the book’s forward, noted that there are 100,000 photographs in the Smithsonian’s collection spread throughout the various departments—but oddly, most department heads rarely acknowledge the prints as photographs: rather, they just see them as document of objects.

Carol Squiers used a photograph by Weegee of babies to discuss the eugenics movement and generally how non-art photography (such as Weegee) can eventually infiltrate the art world.

Wendy Ewald discussed how one of her photographs that was made into a billboard in England of a refugee received criticism because someone thought it was an advertisement.  Another interesting thread the panel discussed was visual or photo literacy, and that even though millions of photographs are taken daily, there is little or no formal education in image making.

The second fine art photography lecture included Christian Patterson and his recent book, “Redheaded Peckerwood,” Luc Sante, and Michael Mack  called, “Photography, Narrative and the Book,” and was held as SVA.

Two Fine Art Photography Lectures

There are two fine art photography lectures at roughly the same time occurring on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Chelsea.

The first is at SVA, and is part of their excellent series on contemporary photography they’ve been conducting in the Fall.  This time, its a panel Discussion with Christian Patterson, Luc Sante, Michael Mack  called, “Photography, Narrative and the Book.”

Another panel discussion is a Aperture and is with Carol Squiers, Marvin Heiferman, Merry Foresta, Wendy Ewald and is called”Photography Changes Everything”
Aperture Foundation
27 street: 547 W 27 street, floor 4, free, 6:30pm

Fine Art Photography Museum Exhibition with Catherine Opie, Steve Giovinco, Ryan McGinley

 Show Illuminates Shifting Nature of Family and Changing Role of Contemporary Photography, with Catherine Opie, Steve Giovinco, Ryan McGinley, Others

I’m honored that several of my fine art photographs are included in a museum exhibition with Catherine Opie, Ryan McGinleyPatty Chang, David Hilliard, Tierney Gearon, Chris VereneJustine Kurland and others.  “The Kids Are All Right,”opens September 30, 2012 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

The exhibition focuses on the shifting nature of family and changing role of contemporary photography.

Steve Giovinco Included in Fine Art Photography Museum Exhibition, “The Kids Are All Right”

 Illuminates Shifting Nature of Family and Changing Role of Contemporary Photography, with Catherine Opie, Steve Giovinco, Ryan McGinley, Others

Contemporary family life and couples are the subject of Steve Giovinco’s fine art photographs, which are included in a museum exhibition called, “The Kids Are All Right.”

The show opens September 30, 2012 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

The exhibition focuses on the shifting nature of family and changing role of contemporary photography, and includes major contemporary fine art photographers and video artists such as Catherine Opie, Steve Giovinco, Patty Chang, David Hilliard, Ryan McGinley, Tierney Gearon, and others.

Steve Giovinco, who exhibits his photographs world wide and earned his MFA from Yale University, documents intimate relations between couples.  The images are autobiographical but are about how people live as a couple. They are poetic, lyrical and unflinching moments from daily life, and are taken intuitively and spontaneously.

Steve Giovinco says, “I love the idea that no camera–or photographer—seem to be in the same room as the couple; rarely if ever are the images composed using the camera’s viewfinder.  As a result, we experience their life unfolding, witness unguarded moments, and see them just exist.”

The Kids Are All Right” includes nearly 120 works of art created by 38 established and emerging artists who reveal the current notion of family.  This is the first exhibition to examine the intersection of how both family and photography have changed dramatically over the past ten years.

“The photographers and video artists featured in this fascinating and, at times, provocative exhibition demonstrate today’s reality: family is a complicated entanglement of people defined by love more than tradition, convention, the law, or even blood,” said Alison Ferris, John Michael Kohler Arts Center curator.

The Kids Are All Right” will be on view at the Arts Center through Jan. 20, 2013. The exhibition then travels to the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, N.C., June 1–August 18, 2013, and the Addison Gallery of American Art,Andover,Mass., September 14, 2013–January 5, 2014.

Additional artists represented in  “The Kids Are All Right” are:

Matt Austin (IL), Guy Ben-Ner (Germany), Melonie Bennett (ME), Nina Berman (NY), David Bush (NY), Patty Chang (NY), Goseong Choi (NY), Yolanda Del Amo (NJ), Todd Deutsch (WI), Jenny Drumgoole (PA), Martha Fleming-Ives (NY), Lucas Foglia (CA), LaToya Ruby Frazier, Tierney Gearon, Aron Gent, Steve Giovinco (NY), David Hilliard (MA), Justin Kirchoff (ME), Justine Kurland (NY), Deana Lawson (NY), Jocelyn Lee (NY), Carrie Levy (CA), Lisa Lindvay (IL), Julie Mack (NY), Ryan McGinley (NY), Andrea Modica (PA), Catherine Opie, (CA), Josh Quigley (MN), Robert Rainey (ME), Justine Reyes (NY), Kathleen Robbins (SC), Paul Mpagi Sepuya (NY), Betsy Schneider (AZ), Chris Verene (NY), Brett Walker (CA), and Rona Yefman (NY).


About Steve Giovinco

Steve Giovinco earned his MFA in photography fromYaleUniversityin 1989, and a BA in history fromWashingtonUniversityin 1982.  He received Yaddo artist residency fellowships in 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2010.

His photographs have been exhibited in solo museum shows, including those at: the California Museum of Photography; the Butler Institute of American Art; Smith Collage, Northhampton, Massachusetts; Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna; the VELAN Center, Torino, Italy; and the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.  He has had solo exhibitions at Jim Kempner Fine Art and Dru Arstark Fine Art, both inNew York.

Group exhibitions include: the Brooklyn Museum; the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; Gyeongnam Art Museum, South Korea; the Winnipeg Art Gallery, with Jeff Wall, Sam Taylor Wood; Sadler’s Wells, London, with Thomas Joshua Cooper and Richard Billingham; Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands; The Sheldon Art Galleries, Saint Louis; Exit Art, New York; Australian Centre for Photography; and White Columns, curated by Gregory Crewdson.   Besides more than a dozen group gallery shows inNew York, other gallery shows have been inSpain,Chicago, and Miami.

Museums collecting his work have included: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Brooklyn Museum of Art; Yale University Museum of Art; The Butler Institute of Art; The California Museum of Photography; the Winnipeg Art Gallery; and The Lowe Art Museum, Miami, among others.

Reviews have been published in Art in America, Tema Celeste and Zoom magazine and his work has appeared in the New York Times. He has self published three books, and his work as been published in many catalogues. He has also participated in many art fairs, and his photographs have been auctioned at Sotheby’s and elsewhere, and have been included in photography festivals such as New York Photo Fest, Look3, and Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

A video about his work was created by David McDonald, as part of the series, “The Mystery of Creativity”.  Steve also invented a hand held large format camera.

Fine Art Photography Free Talk at Aperture with Merry Foresta, Wendy Ewald, Marvin Heiferman, and Carol Squiers

Free Photography Talk

In conversation: Merry Foresta, Wendy Ewald, Marvin Heiferman, and Carol Squiers

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
6:30 pm
Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
547 West 27th StreetNew York, NY

Join Marvin Heiferman, leading photography curator and editor of Photography Changes Everything, for a conversation with photographer Wendy EwaldMerry Foresta, former Director of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative, and Carol Squiers, Curator at the International Museum of Photography. They will explore photography’s central role is shaping our public and private, rational and fantasy lives. A book signing will follow the discussion.

Fine Art Photography Free Talk at Aperture on the Environment

A Fine Art Photography evening with Kate Orff, the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, and Wilma Subra

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

6:30 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore547 West 27th StreetNew York, NY

Join Petrochemical America  author and landscape architect Kate Orff in conversation with Mike Schade, Campaign Coordinator with the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ), and Wilma Subra, environmental scientist with the Louisiana Environmental Action Network. They will discuss their personal experiences studying the region known as “Cancer Alley” along the Mississippi River, and the impact of petrochemicals in New York City and the world.