In 2020, more than 50 artists were invited to participate in the 6th Annual ANPCE. Announcements for the 2021 class will be made once the call concludes in February 2021.
Agar-Hendrix’ love of travel influences her photographic career often providing visual images, many abstract, with a focus on water and geological formations. Her works have inspired ceramic sculpture and photography which has been exhibited in galleries, invited to national juried shows, and in solo exhibitions both in the U.S. and France. The resulting works are often photographic transfers onto various substrates, including ceramic tiles and sculptures, metal, glass, and hardwoods.
Atkinson frequently frames his lens on an unpopulated (or depopulated) landscape. He enjoys the challenge not just to record, but to create, crafting the unexpected from the commonplace in more imaginative works. His work has been exhibited nationally and is held in private collections. Atkinson resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Bagley is a self-taught photographer who has taken advantage of reading, workshop and classroom education, camera club memberships, and a willingness to explore all aspects of image-making. When capturing an image in camera, he tries to see the final result before pressing the shutter release. He believes that what we observe, feel, and experience forms the core of our life story. Part of his own story is reflected in photographic images taken in an instant of time, which forces him to stop and become part of that world. The act of processing those images for public viewing allows Bagley to express with awe, joy, or sadness how deeply those moments in time have affected him.
Barger has been photographing for over 25 years, with an emphasis on nature, both wildlife and landscape. He has traveled extensively to unique locations around the globe, seeking the perfect eye-catching animal behavior or unique moment in time. His inspiration comes from his love of the natural world and his passion for preserving it. Barger has continued his creative education and development of technical expertise by studying under several of North America’s most prominent nature photographers. He has also received recognition from the Professional Photographers of America and North American Nature Photography Association.
Berg is a photographer focused on commercial, editorial and fine art photography. Born in Sweden in 1963, Berg has resided in Raleigh, NC since 1995 and photographed full time since 2013. While a lot of Berg’s professional work is geared towards businesses, his true passion is with his personal projects – telling people’s stories through portraiture, attempting to capture and convey their individual beauty and personality in a single photograph. Berg is represented in the exhibition with his My Place photograph, an environmental portrait of Michael Goins, a true renaissance man and original character with skills that range from poetry and designing fantastic machines to wood carving and jewelry making.
A Northern Arizona native, photographer and educator, Bernard embraces the process of the documentary story, offering the viewer a visual narrative of cultures and their unique stories. He is currently Assistant Professor of Photography at SUNY Oneonta, where he teaches traditional film/darkroom, digital and history of photography courses. Bernard is also working with friend and fellow photographer, Marielle Wilkes. Together, they travel the globe offering photography workshops in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and as far away as Tanzania.
A graduate of Parsons School of Design in 1972, Biro began his graphic design career at CBS Columbia Records in New York City, moving to Los Angeles in 1978. Biro taught graphic design at Cal State Fullerton, was a corporate logo designer at Saul Bass and Associates, then falling into the entertainment advertising field as creative director at BD Fox & Friends and 20th Century Fox. Biro was a designer of movie posters for major movie studios and developed print advertising for CBS and Fox television shows. Biro is now retired, creating his own photographic images.
Brandstetter has been photographing his world for 40 years, from darkroom to Lightroom. Each day Brandstetter continues to learn, grow, and create.
Brown (b.1990 in Evansville, Indiana) is a photographer, photo editor and visual journalist based in Seattle. Brown uses expressive light and bold color to make pictures of athletes, artists, actors, entrepreneurs, inventors, authors, activists, and other kinds of interesting people from across the United States.
Canzoneri’s art has been shown and won awards in numerous group and solo exhibitions. The DC Commission on Arts & Humanities purchased a number of her works for its Art Bank Collection and is included in the Montgomery County Contemporary Works on Paper Collection. Canzoneri received a B.A. from Bennington College, and a M.U.P. and J.D. from the University of Illinois, and has been a city planner and a government attorney. Canzoneri grew up in rural Vermont; then lived in the Midwest before moving to Washington DC, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and “the cutest three-legged dog in the Western Hemisphere”.
Chambers graduated from business school and immediately joined a Fortune 500 company, where it didn’t take long to realize she wasn’t made for corporate America. With a passion for wildlife and conservation photography, but no formal training, she knew a career as a creative professional would require developing a set of skills that suited her. Nearly a decade later, Chambers now pursues her love of photography both as a hobby and career, specializing in commercial product and interior work. Her passion for wildlife and conservation photography remains.
Cochrane is a self-taught photographer who originally became interested in the genre after her daughter began modeling. As a young woman, Cochrane developed a passion for art and attended several programs studying drawing, painting, graphics, and pottery. Later, she became an Occupational Therapist, and her love of photography took a back seat until she retired from the profession. Since then, she has mentored with several professionals in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area, and enjoys creating and sharing images which tell a story, evoke emotions, and bring back memories.
Cooper’s photographs celebrate humanity; he travels extensively to explore places and cultures and to meet and photograph people whom he “introduces” to viewers through portraiture. Since 2016, Cooper’s award-winning images have been featured in more than thirty-five juried group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe, in five solo exhibitions, and in numerous publications. Cooper’s new book, We Are Santa, features portraits and profiles of more than 50 professional Santa Clauses and will be released by Princeton Architectural Press (N.Y.) in mid-2020.
Corinaldi is from Virginia Beach, Virginia. Her artwork showcases creative scenes of self-care/love, acceptance of sexuality, and the empowerment of women.
Dangott earned a BFA in Photography from Austin Peay State University in 1985, and was a professional medical illustrator and graphic designer. She often takes a very literal, truthful image and in the process of exploring that idea finds that the truth is flipped into something else entirely. Dangott enjoys poking at the edges of the line between what we think we see and what else lies just beneath. Regardless of the subject matter, she seeks truth while also searching for what else is present at that moment—be it atmospheric or emotional. Dangott has photographic works in both private and public collections.
Deutch studied Fashion Illustration at the prestigious Parsons School of Design and holds a BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College. She is the creator of Lynne Deutch LTD, a successful, upscale corporate and retail gift company which operated on Melrose Place for more than 10 years. Deutch would consider herself an artist and photographer, and her works are studies in spontaneity and spirit with her photography focusing on capturing life as it might appear every day. Her motivation to capture the spirit or mood of her subject, whether it be a person or place, continues to guide her down wonderful, unfamiliar paths around the globe.
Elenko has been exhibiting photographs in fine art galleries since 1983. His objective is to make visible what is unseen. If his photographs can engage viewers in shared reality, the deeper the communication, and the closer he moves to accomplishing his goals as a photographer. Elenko on Vashon Island, located in the Salish Sea in Washington State.
Elliottsmith is a photographer and a painter. She was raised in New Orleans and attended LSU for her Masters before joining the Alexandria Museum of Art as its Education Curator. Later, she served as the Director of Online Learning for the Louisiana School of Math, Science & the Arts. Through the years, she has participated in 244 exhibitions across the nation, and has works in the collections of the Alexandria Art Museum, Masur Museum, the City of New Orleans, LSU Medical Center New Orleans, J.W. Marriott New Orleans, and Nicolet College Wisconsin.
Fisher is a photographer based in Westchester, New York. She received her BFA at James Madison University, her Master's in Arts Administration from NYU, and her certificate for the Track program at the International Center for Photography in NYC. She has been juried into photography exhibitions locally and internationally, and was selected for the Soho Photo Gallery 2019 National Juried Competition. She has three works in the permanent collection of the Henry H. Ferguson Museum and was selected for “The Edge Effect”, a juried exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art in 2019. Most recently, she was a finalist in the LensCulture Black & White Awards 2019. Fisher lives in Westchester with her husband and three children.
Gong, born in Hunan, China, received his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Art & Design from Donghua University, Shanghai, in 2012. Gong received a Master’s degree in Project Management from Northeastern University in 2016, as well as a Master’s degree in Photography, Video, and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 2019. Gong now lives and works in New York City.
Griffithe is a retired Graphic Design Manager with a BA in Commercial Art from California State University Long Beach. He has exhibited and won awards at Hubbard Museum of the American West, New Mexico; and Water Works Museum, Miles City, Montana. He was featured in a solo exhibition in the John Wayne Airport Focus Space exhibit in 2017, and his work has been featured by Courage Kenny Cards, a high-quality card company which features exclusive and museum-quality artwork, and with proceeds supporting rehabilitation, independent living, and recreational services for people with disabilities. Griffithe’s style is eclectic and preferably street-oriented, encompassing fine art to digitally enhanced techniques.
Gutierrez’ practice is grounded in her study of art, movement, and music. She is a longtime student of developmental movement, including Feldenkreis and Alexander techniques, and very deliberately composes the human figure and its activity. Gutierrez is also a musician, who performs widely on the lute and Renaissance flute and directs the early music chamber group, The Shakespeare Band. Her cultural connection to the Renaissance/Baroque period extends to the visual world, as well as musical, especially through sculpture. Depicting classical balance and beauty in the human form is a hallmark of her artwork.
Hale has been enjoying photography, primarily portraiture, for about a decade. Her goal is to capture an emotion that reflects the collaboration between herself as photographer and her subject. Her piece in this exhibition, “Born by the River,” is titled from lyrics to a Sam Cooke song, A Change Is Gonna Come, which came to exemplify the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement, and is a Van Dyke Brown print on watercolor paper.
Hanson is an artist with a passion for the medium of photography. Born in Utah and raised in the American Southwest, he utilizes digital, film and historic alternative photographic processes to help translate the eclectic vision of his eyes into an image representing the passion of his soul.
Working from Frederick, MD and the Bedford Valley, PA, Heavner has exhibited his photographs at the Maryland State House, Maryland Governor’s Mansion, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, and galleries throughout the region. His work has been published in magazines, calendars and electronic greeting cards. He enjoys photographing all subjects, but he favors landscapes, cityscapes, vintage cars and machinery, and abstracts of architectural and industrial scenes. Heavner also loves capturing outdoor scenes with cameras modified for infrared photography. Heavner studied photojournalism at West Virginia University and was mentored by Washington-area fine arts photographer and educator, Lowell Anson Kenyon.
Brandon Hirt is a fine art photographer currently residing in Ebensburg, PA. He boomeranged back to the area after living the dream in both Colorado and Oregon. During Hirt’s time out West, he developed his eye, and with that came an addiction to photography. "I strive to find a different perspective for my images. My photography sweet tooth is long exposure landscapes. The longer exposures help bring a silent peace to images... Long exposures will smooth out crashing waves or have the stars spin around the Northern Star. Variety is the spice of life, so I engage different sorts of image creation."
Joseph’s project, “Lost and Found,” has been featured on CNN.com, Vice.com, AllAboutPhoto.com and published internationally, including SHOTS Magazine and Inked Magazine. Joseph has been exhibited internationally, notably in the Aperture Gallery (New York, NY), Daniel Cooney Fine Art (New York, NY), The Getty Images Gallery (London, UK), The Annenberg Space for Photography (Los Angeles, CA) and the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA). Joseph is a 2016 Photolucida Top 50 winner, Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award Winner (2017), LensCulture Portrait Award Finalist and a recipient of the fellowship in photography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
John Keatley was raised in a conservative environment, with questions around self and identity serving as inspiration for his fine art work today. His work, often graphic in nature, is meant to spark curiosity and elicit questions for the viewer, in a direct response to an upbringing that valued conformity over introspection. In 2019, Keatley released his first fine art book, Uniform.
Klinedinst is a Baltimore-based artist using photography to explore themes of place, nature and the environment. Inspired by the 19th century landscape paintings of the Hudson River School, Klinedinst creates richly layered landscapes that combine the real with the imagined. Klinedinst’s work has been exhibited at Maryland Art Place, University of Maryland Global College, Center for Fine Art Photography, Center for Photographic Art, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, and the Biggs Museum of American Art. In 2018, Klinedinst’s series, The Emotional Landscape, was exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography. Klinedinst is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Knoblock’s inspiration springs from the fluorescent quality of light and the unique marine life she has viewed during fifty years of scuba diving around the globe. Knoblock earned a Master’s degree in Art from Arizona State University and has been a studio artist since 1973. As an art instructor at both Colorado Mountain College and the Denver Public Schools, Knoblock has taught clay, glass fusion, painting, photography, and mixed media. Knoblock has exhibited and won many awards for her work in numerous venues throughout her career.
Koh is a California-based visual artist and filmmaker. He is a nine-time winner of The Creative Quarterly Journal, winning in multiple categories of Fine Art and Photography. More than ever, Koh believes that we must deal with the ramifications of technologies which accelerate our lives into nearly unsustainable velocity. With the increasing hyper-saturation of digital content, the dumbing down of ourselves, and our own deprogramming into automation, how do we create a new American Art that reconciles the loss of the original to mechanical reproduction (i.e. photography, film) in favor of new subject matter? These are some of the issues that Koh’s work attempts to resolve through creative mediation.
To accompany her first kayaking trip down the Grand Canyon, Koller purchased an Olympus 35 R3 rangefinder. Given the darkness in the canyon except at midday, the ISO 400 film she brought could have been traded for gold. She followed that purchase with a waterproof Nikon Action Touch, and these cameras became Koller’s staples when she hiked, kayaked, or skied. Their fixed, slightly wide-angle lenses forced her to look at the world in a particular way if she wanted to obtain interesting images. After obtaining her first SLR cameras (N-90, F100), she learned how to control the scene with telephoto and macro lenses. Koller soon saw interesting things right at hand.
As a photographer, Landerkin is excited to capture special images not easily seen by the passerby and to share these gems with others. In the woodlands, marsh or even when traveling, these scenes can be missed as we walk by – often one does not have the time to see them. Iconic places are beautiful and can be special when viewed from a new angle.
Littlefield hails from upstate South Carolina and studied music and art at Florida State University, graduating from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Art, and attending graduate school at East Carolina University. Her photography practice began when she assisted her husband by taking photographs of old trains and related items for his articles. She found she enjoyed it immensely, loving the old, abandoned, rusted, and weathered places, and finding a particular beauty in them. Today, she uses imaging programs to modify some of her works and combines them with other photographs to create something entirely new. Her larger works can combine as many as three smaller photographs.
With the blessing of creative parents, Lundberg was nurtured into photography very early in his life. His personal body of work spans fifty years; from a 1970 Nikon FTn and Kodachrome, through early digital and iPhone generations, until today, armed with a new Nikon mirrorless camera. In retirement, Lundberg is re-energizing his passion for creative photo and print-based art.
Born in Los Angeles, McFaul is a fine art photographer who was raised as a free-range child on a lake nestled in the Santa Monica mountains. Her passion for sharing and protecting the natural beauty of the world is extraordinary to watch. McFaul currently lives in San Diego, California.
Meyer is a self-taught photographer whose career was in psychoanalysis. Given his background, Meyer is interested in complex images, e.g., “Just Another Pretty Landscape.” Active in competitions, publications, and shows, Meyer's 2019 image, “The Sign Has It Right,” was spotlighted in Black & White Magazine, and two first place images led to his being named the International Color Award’s 2019 Amateur Photographer of the Year. His portfolio study of the psyche’s landscape, “In the Mind’s Eye,” was exhibited in Boston in 2019. It is also scheduled for a 2020 solo show in Durham, NC.
Victor A. Mirontschuk is a New York based architect and photographer with more than 40 years of experience in architectural and travel photography. His photography is seen routinely in many architectural trade magazines, websites and professional venues. As the founder of the architectural firm EDI International, Mirontschuk provided many of the photos documenting the company's designs, construction, and completed buildings since EDI's founding in 1976. More recently, he shifted his focus to the world outside architecture, highlighting important social issues. He is a prolific participant in both National Geographic’s Your Shot and USA Today’s Your Take. Noted filmmaker Ken Burns selected him for two projects Burns was compiling, Flags and Best of Your State. Mirontschuk lives in Manhattan, roaming the streets daily with his camera and searching for the unusual and the colorful.
Morecraft, who resides in Asheville, North Carolina, has been behind a camera since 1968. For more than 35 years, he worked in NYC, specializing in the creation of award-winning photo illustrations for clients ranging from CBS to Columbia Records. Since moving to Asheville in 2002, he has dedicated his time to exploring the possibilities of fine art photography. One of his passions is creating impressionistic images shooting through a WWII tank periscope prism. Morecraft’s work is in several local galleries and in private collections all over the U.S.
A Rhode Island native and extensive traveler, Murray is an internationally- recognized color photographer and skilled journalistic writer. Murray’s expression in images and words reflect a blend of his lifelong interests in art, nature, technology, aviation, urban life and societal change. His journeys have taken him to many parts of the world, honing his appreciation for widely-divergent perspectives. Murray's approach to photography and life is to remain open, trust his instincts and discard labels that are divisive. Murray uses technology to increase his creative options and productivity, but not to replace his vision and responsibility.
Pentz, a photographer based in Hagerstown, MD, expresses his fascination with nature and physics through his artwork. Originally focused on landscapes, Pentz also finds inspiration in dance and abstract photography. Using his knowledge of light and composition, he creates images that allow us to see the world in new and exciting ways.
Poor, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was born in 1991 to challenging circumstances. The youngest of three children in a working-class, Tulsa family, Poor was declared an orphan by age 14, and spent the next several years migrating between relatives and the couches of friends. At 17, she entered a recovery program for addiction, graduated from high school the following year, and was accepted to college by the time she turned 19. She graduated with a BFA from the University of Tulsa in 2016, and later, relocated to Los Angeles, where she is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Fine Art. She works predominantly in social documentary where she places an emphasis on dismantling traditional conventions.
Richards is a photographer and sculptor living in New York City and working in the motion picture industry. He visited New Orleans a few months following the devastating Hurricane Katrina, where he captured numerous images. His experiences documenting the aftermath affected him deeply, but he was uncertain how to use his images until it later occurred to him; razor blades.
Western Massachusetts-based photographer Sabino is an artist who effortlessly transitions from mind to heart. Her photographic roots stem from childhood, where she developed a love for the genre, and today is an emerging, sought-after artist exhibiting widely in New England and New York. As a member of the Richmond-West Stockbridge Artists Guild, the GCCA Gallery in Catskill, NY, Windham Arts Alliance in Windham, NY, and Columbia County Plein Air, Sabino’s work has found a strong following in the Northeastern U.S. Berkshire native and returnee, Sabino has served as a Radiologic Technologist since graduating from Darton College in 1996 and continues to work for the Berkshire Medical Center.
Schwab first picked up a camera, a Kodak Brownie Starmite, in the early 1960’s, shooting 127 film in black & white. His love for photography has continued from those early days of film and now into digital. Schwab has an eye for composition in his shots, which are frequently of scenery, landmarks, animals (large and small) and people. Schwab takes pictures everywhere, from his back yard in Western Maryland to the plains of the Serengeti, mountains of Rwanda or cities in Europe. On several of his travels with National Geographic, Schwab’s photos have been included in the trip travelogues.
Sirvio and her husband decided long ago they wanted to see as much of the world as they could. They wanted to meet people and learn about their cultures. They like to take the time to get off the tourist path whenever possible, and during these excursions, she loves to capture a moment in life. The character of rich colors, textures, and details that make up the lives of the people. Sirvio believes make for a wonderful story. She hopes her photographs can convey those stories.
It is Smith’s desire to ignite curiosity and emotion. She is inspired by the West and all its wild, rugged, untainted, and rebellious beauty.
Stephens is a fine art photographer and digital artist who enjoys composing and crafting visual stories which probe the complexities of being human in a too-often inhumane world. His work spans several genres and has been included in exhibitions both domestically and internationally, and is held in a number of private collections. A self-taught artist whose style developed primarily through mentorships and workshops, Stephens believes that everyone harbors a creative spirit — a yearning to move and to be moved — and that our contemplative curiosity about ourselves and each other is the hallmark of an enlightened society.
Mark Paul Thomas has been a self-taught fine art photographer for over 40 years, showing in numerous galleries, art festivals and publications. Working strictly with large format, his images are all entirely hand produced, using a wooden camera built by Deardorff in 1958, hand processing all negatives, and printing the final images with a modified 1954 Elwood enlarger. Hence, all work is entirely analog. His subject matter ranges from landscape, to architectural to classic portraiture. The papers used are all of the finest gelatin silver type, mostly produced in Europe. All of his prints are processed through two fixes, toned in selenium, and washed to archival specifications.
Thompson is a photographer living in Cumberland, Maryland. He earned a BA from Frostburg State University in Graphic Design. Thompson began experimenting with photography in 2011 using layering, texturing and other manipulation techniques. His style has evolved, now mainly shooting at dusk/nightfall using a more cinematic approach. Thompson’s work has achieved acclaim at the local, state and national level.
Turner took up photography after his retirement from the Federal government, where he worked as a research scientist for the National Institutes of Health. His photography interests range from nature to fine art. Several years ago, he began photographing insects and has been fascinated by their beauty, variety and intricate structure.
Weinstein was born in Taiwan and studied ceramics in Japan, in college, and in her studies with the Corcoran School of Art. She worked for the U.S. State Department where she resided in several different countries during her tenure. Since 2007, Weinstein has begun using photography as a medium of art. She has exhibited widely in both national and international shows, where she has received numerous awards, including a first place portrait award in the Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards, and received recognition in the People category of National Geographic’s International Contest. Her works are included in private, non-profit, and institutional collections in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Wilson fell in love with photography 7 years ago when he stumbled upon the HDR process. It changed his life and allowed him to discover this artist side of himself that he never knew existed. Since then, he has been photographing rural Americana and all things left behind, lost, or forgotten.