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Thursday, July 26, 2012

NEWS: Craft & Photography @ The Rio Gallery: Thursday, September 20 Friday, September 21

Attention artists!
The Statewide Annual Competition is upon us again this fall. The theme for 2012 is Craft & Photography
The deadlines for drop off at the Rio Gallery are:
Thursday, September 20
Friday, September 21
The guidelines won't be up until the end of August, but in the meantime, put these dates on your calendar.
For more information about this competition click HERE.
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In the meantime, we are very excited about the wonderful work you'll be submitting and the jurors we'll be hosting. here is some information about this year's jurors:
Mary Anne Redding has been the Chair of the Photography Department at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design since January 2012. For the past five years she was Curator of Photography at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors where she curated two major exhibitions: Contemplative Landscape and Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe.

Previous professional positions include: Director and Curator at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery, and Executive Director and Curator of the Light Factory in CharlotteNC. Redding has published numerous essays on photography and contemporary art includingThrough the Lens: Creating Santa Fe published by the MNM Press; Grasslands/Separating Species published by Radius Books in conjunction with the exhibition at 516 ARTS in Albuquerque; the introduction to Light in the Desert: Photographs by Tony O’Brien; and the forthcoming book, The Gila: Radical Visions/The Enduring Silence, Photographs by Michael P. Berman due in October 2012. 

An Italian native, Stefano Catalani relocated to Seattle in 2001. His classic studies in Italy provided him with a strong theoretical background in art history and philosophy. In 2005 he joined Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) as Curator and was appointed Director of Curatorial Affairs/Artistic Director in February of 2010. He has conceived and organized 20 (and rising) acclaimed exhibitions exploring the dynamic field of art, craft and design. He also serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Washington, Evergreen State College and other educational institutions.
At BAM, he focuses on “craft as a cultural signifier,” stressing the social implications of craft. Highly regarded in the field of contemporary art, Catalani has been chosen as a nominator for many awards, including the Neddy Fellowship Award (Behnke Foundation, SeattleWA), the Irving and Yvonne Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Artist Trust, SeattleWA) and the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards (Portland Art MuseumPortlandOR). Six exhibitions curated by Catalani have gone on nationwide tours to other museum venues, introducing on-the-rise craft artists to new audiences across the continent. 

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