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Photo Now 2015
September 8, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - October 13, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve presents Photo Now formerly known as the Western Reserve Open Photography Competition, at Tri-C Gallery East located at 4250 Richmond Rd, Highland Hills, Ohio 44122. The opening reception will take place on Tuesday, September 8th from 6 – 8 p.m.
Herbert Ascherman, AAWR President of the Board, Sponsor of the Directors Award, and the Creator of the first Western Reserve Open Photography Competition that took place in 2013 is excited about this years’ wide variety of photographers who submitted to the show. “The many entrants once again showed the breadth and the depth of the incredible photo talent of Cleveland and Ohio photographers. We’re very pleased to be able to showcase this much variety of contemporary photography exhibited in the show,” he says.
Mindy Tousley, Executive Director of AAWR wants visitors to know not to expect a particular theme throughout the exhibition. “Dr. Pulikkal made excellent choices from the vast variety of submissions. Rather than limit himself by choosing an exhibition based on a specific theme he selected the best from many different types of photography. The public should expect to see works of quality in a wide diversity of subject matter, ranging from the social commentaries of photos by Susan Bestul and Donald Black to the abstract landscapes captured by Andrew Gacom. Artists like Jeannette Palsa and Ben Hauser manipulate traditional photographic developing processes to create very personal expressionistic works of art. Photographer, Bob Herbst uses traditional processes without additional manipulation. Gabriel Gonzalez offers beautiful black and white portraiture while photographers Wayne Mazorow and Daniel Medalie offer nature photography. Quite a few accepted works use the digital processes at the disposal of modern photographers to create “Photo Collages” of haunting beauty. Works in this category include those made by Preston Buchtel and Raheleh Mohammed. All in all this will be an exhibition that appeals to a wide range of people with something for everyone,” Tousley explains.
Overall, there were 96 people who entered the show and 331 entries submitted. Out of the 331 works submitted 67 photographs were accepted by the juror Dr. Unni Pulikkal. Photographers accepted into Photo Now include: Adriana Bernardino, Susan Bestul, Donald Black Jr., Preston Buchtel, Ryn Clarke, Hadley K, Conner, Barry Cunningham, Joanne Damian, Lena D’Amico, Andrew Gacom, George S. Gati, Gabriel Gonzalez, Ben Hauser, Bob Herbst, Matt Hostelley, Sam Hubish, Robert Kiwi, Ryan Kral, Tim Lachina, Susie Lilley, James March, Steven Mastroianni, Wayne Mazorow, Daniel Medalie, Dennis Meyer, Tom Millward, Raheleh Mohammad, Rita Montlack, Andriana Nativio, Joan Neubecker, Jeannette Palsa, Jennifer Pearl, Cynthia Penter, Judy Rawson, Lori Roach, Christopher Rok, Kolman Rosenberg, Wayne Roth, Angie Rucker, Jackie Sajewski, William Sheck, Bruce Sherman, Maurice Sherman, Frank Shoemaker, Omid Tavakoli, Barney Taxel, John Tellaisha, Nico Pico Train, Andy Tubbesing, Eric Vaughn, Kenneth Weiss, and Abe Wolf.
The show will run through Tuesday, October 13. Tri-C Gallery East hours are Monday – Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is closed Friday through Sunday. Gallery East is located in the Eastern Campus Education Center near the Harvard Road entrance – Room 135 (EEC) Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Rd., Highland Hills, OH 44122.
About Dr. Unni Pulikkal
Dr. Unni Pulikkal was introduced to photography in 1998. His current interests are nature photography with specialization in photographic documentation of butterflies of the southwestern reserves [Western Ghats] of southern India, and contemporary, visual art photography. In the fall of 2014, he founded the first museum of photography in India. He has exhibited all over the world, including; a retrospective collection of work shown in The Industry and Film Museum, Wolfen, Germany from August to September, 2013; two solo and two group exhibitions in Berlin – 2011, 2012 & 2013; Exhibition in Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Ohio, USA, 2007; and over 24 venues across India. His work has been published hundreds of times in India and abroad in various journals, magazines, catalogues, websites, calendars, books and dailies. His numerous awards include the Royal Photographic Society of London’s prestigious title ARPS [Associate of RPS] in 2008 and the Government of India’s Ministry of Culture senior fellowship in creative photography for the year 2014-2015.