Are you looking to be more involved with Atlanta's photographic arts community? Maybe you should consider joining APG's Volunteer Rewards Program. We always need folks to help install and de-install exhibitions, assist with receptions, and photograph openings and other events. If you'd like to be an important part of APG activities, please email us, and we'll find an opportunity that fits your schedule. And if you sign up for the Rewards Program, we'll keep track of the time, and for every 20 hours you volunteer, you can earn a free Membership or Call For Entry fee.
APG's Esther Griffin recently spoke with Know South / No South Juror Richard McCabe about the inspiration and intent for the exhibition, and his own work as an artist. McCabe received an MFA in Studio Art from Florida State University in 1998. In the same year he received a Fellowship to New York University to attend the American Photography Institute, National Graduate Seminar. From 1998 – 2005 he lived in New York City where he worked for numerous art galleries and museums. In 2005, He relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana and has worked within the curatorial department of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art for the past twelve years. In 2010, he became the Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum. In the fall of 2017, Aint – Bad published LAND STAR; a monograph of McCabe’s photography.Read More
One of APG’s most popular exhibitions has always been our annual juried Airport Show. So when Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport gave us the disappointing news last year that they would no longer be holding exhibitions in the main Atrium, we were a little disappointed to say the least. Well, plans changed, and the world's busiest airport recently reached out to us to see if we would be interested in continuing to organize the Airport’s exhibition for Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP), and we said: Yes, please. ACP Executive Director Amy Miller has already agreed to continue on as Airport Show judge, so that is more great news. Stay tuned.
Update: Enter Airport Show 2018 now.
APG is thrilled to announce that juror Richard McCabe has selected 7 artists for our upcoming Know South / No South exhibition. There were over 1,300 images submitted from over 70 artists. APG congratulates artists Aaron Blum, Rosie Brock, Akea Brown, Joshua Dudley Greer, Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Aaron Hardin, and Anderson Scott. Opening reception is June 8, with a Juror Talk the following day, June 9, at 2pm. More details soon.
We are pleased to announce that the Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved the 2018 Contracts for Services Awards at its meeting on April 11, 2018, and Atlanta Photography Group (APG) was awarded $3000. Thanks to Imani Christor for the good news and to everyone at the Fulton County Arts & Culture Council.
John Sumner has been an active APG member and exhibiting photographer for many years. In early 2016 he suffered a stroke and has since been working hard to recover. Friend and fellow photographer Chip Simone recently spoke with him, and we now have information for our members who would like to visit and otherwise support him. John is at the Bud Terrace Community at Emory's Wesley Woods facility on 1817 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta. He is in Room 514 and visitation hours are after 12:30pm. You can call him at 404-728-4965, and the number for the nurses' station is 404-728-6494. We're sure John would love to hear from his fellow artists and friends. There is also a GoFundMe set up to help with rehabilitation costs.
"Bahouth has set out to create a spontaneous community to view his documentation of the community in which he lives and works. It is this innovation that distinguishes these portrait photos from the ones in the group show that fill the walls of the gallery around Bahouth’s installation. The “power of friendship” described by Bahouth in the wall text is still basically the personal relationship between the photographer and his individual subjects, but the implication is that the invisible network they form could transmute as quickly as the spontaneous interactions of friends or strangers that this viewing format might generate." Read more
Reminder: Bahouth's artist talk is this Saturday, April 21, at 11am.
Currently showing in the Maloof Gallery at APG is Peter Bahouth's Recognition, a site-specific installation featuring a new body of work. Recognition explores the power of friendship and personal relationships to transcend the common transactions of daily life and our increasing social polarization. APG's Erin Fender spoke with Bahouth about his inspiration, influences, and evoking emotion through technology.Read More
The Gallery will be rented out this May to MFA Thesis exhibitions, so we are pleased to announce a new, off-site APG exhibition curated by intern Nick Ashton. Growing Up Human will run from April 28 - July 25 at Gallery Walk at Terminus, an exhibition space located in the lobby of the 200 Terminus building in Buckhead. Focusing on portraiture, Ashton's inspiration for the show comes from time spent researching the APG image database. "I was drawn to images about the experience of growing up as a boy and then branching out to images of couples and other aspects of childhood and girlhood. The stories in these photos form the basis for the universally shared experiences of childhood and love." The exhibition is free and open to the public, with plenty of parking available in the Terminus parking deck.
Thanks to all that made it out to I Am A Man: Civil Rights Photography in the Post Civil-Rights Era, featuring the work of Joshua Rashaad McFadden, and a panel discussion with Ralph B. Watkins (Senior Pastor of Wheat Street Baptist Church), and Gregory Harris (Assistant Curator of Photography at the High Musuem).
Photos by Richard Skoonberg
Erin L. Scott was born and raised in Atlanta with her twin sister. After graduating high school, she moved to Baltimore to study photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She is currently back living in Atlanta with her husband and working at APG (Hi, Erin!) as Program Manager. Scott was chosen by juror Sam Barzilay as one of six artists to be included in our annual Portfolio exhibition.Read More
Kasey Medlin was born and raised in Austin, Texas. "An amazing place to grow up." She attended the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah and afterward moved to Atlanta with her partner. Her work focuses on the "unreliable nature of memories, our ability to rewrite our past, and the implications that has for our future." Medlin was chosen by juror Sam Barzilay as one of six artists to be included in our annual Portfolio exhibition.Read More
The criteria for entries to our upcoming exhibition Know South / No South have changed. In the original call, any work previously shown at APG was ineligible. Many artists voiced their disappointment, feeling it limited what they could present to juror Richard McCabe for consideration. The artists are right. Juried shows are a great way to get your work in front of people who make a difference in an artist’s career – people we want to share our work with. We know some pieces that are key to a series or body of work and may have been shown as a single. Such a restriction defeats the purpose of shows whose goal is to present a series. APG’s mission is to support our artists and to show the best work possible, and so we have removed that restriction. If you have already submitted work through the website, you may swap out some of those images for others that you wanted to submit but the were unable to. APG will be emailing those artist with instructions on how to arrange that. If you haven’t submitted your work, yet, you still have until midnight April 11.
Please join APG and the Center for Civil and Human Rights for a special artist talk and panel discussion with Joshua Rashaad McFadden titled I Am A Man: Photography and Activism in the Post-Civil Rights Era. This event features photographer and activist McFadden, as he shares his projects After Selma and I AM A Man, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination, and revisiting the role of photography and visual culture in the civil rights movement. Directly following the talk there be a panel discussion featuring Gregory Harris, Assistant Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art, and Ralph B. Watkins, Artist, Author, and Pastor at Wheat Street Baptist Church.
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Cherie E. Truesdell grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but moved north after school for her first job. "I didn't even last a year. I came right back to the South and landed just outside of Atlanta. I'm definitely a southern girl at heart. Nowadays, I live in Marietta with my husband, dog, and cat." And she still draws on her roots for inspiration. "I was fortunate to grow up in Baton Rouge. Living in Louisiana gives you a real larger than life kind of feeling." In her work, Truesdell strives to portray "the emotional and metaphysical nature of man, using symbols, color and narrative." Truesdell was chosen by juror Sam Barzilay as one of six artists to be included in our annual Portfolio exhibition.
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.
APG is seeking photographic projects that provide new insight and a better understanding of the American South today. Know South / No South will look at the idea of Southern identity in the 21st century. Juror Richard McCabe, Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum, Of Southern Art will be selecting 6-9 pieces each from 4-8 artists to feature in this exhibition. All the artists selected for the exhibition will be eligible for the Know South / No South Purchase Award of $2500. The High Museum Curator of Photography reviews the exhibition and may select works from one artist for the Museum’s permanent collection. APG purchases the work and donates the pieces to The High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
"The romantics sought to outmaneuver the cynicism of the preceding century’s enlightenment philosophy by finding significance in emotional attachments to objects and environments, as well as in what they saw as the uncontaminated insightfulness of children. These are habits of mind that have carried into the present day without any direct influence from the work of the romantics, and some remarkable examples of this can be found in the work of four of the six photographers in the Atlanta Photography Group gallery’s Portfolio 2018 show juried by Sam Barzilay..." Read more