Congratulations to Dale Niles and Tom Meiss, recipients of the 2018 Virginia Twinam Smith Purchase Award, for their photos "Fish Plates and Bourbon" and "Crates," which were included in Rachel Reese Selects and chosen by Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) director Annette Cone-Skelton for inclusion in the permanent collection of MOCA GA.
Dale Niles was born in Norfolk, Virginia, raised in small North Carolina towns, and currently lives in Fayette County, Georgia. "My dad was a civil engineer who specialized in bridge construction so we always lived near the shore, Virginia Beach, Baltimore, and Manteo, North Carolina." In her photography, Niles looks to "create a legacy of all the sacred and beautiful things that I am privileged to experience in my time here." Work from her series Solidifying Roots was chosen by juror Sam Barzilay to be included in our annual Portfolio exhibition.