Opens April 17, 2021
Closes July 16, 2021
Sunshine Prints, our 2021 Spring juried exhibition, features photographic work created through processes involving exposure to direct sunlight.
This exhibition was juried by Benjamin Hickey, the current Curator of Exhibitions at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette, LA. It includes work by Renee Allie, Virginia Carr, Daniel Hojnacki, Claudia Hollister, Kei Ito, and Stephanie Paine.
Work from this exhibition can be purchased here at the NOPA Gallery's online store.
Sunshine represents an opportunity to reevaluate photography’s position within my imagination. Too often, I associate photography with technological innovation and documentary utility. However, this exhibition’s call for entry stipulated the use of supposedly outdated photochemical processes, many of which result in abstracted images. Within these parameters, the selection process enabled me to focus on style rather than innovation or documentation.
While making my selections, I found myself drawn to two types of work: those that rejected traditional means of final display, such as frames, and those rife with potent symbolism that largely eschewed the human form. Given the events of the last year, I found the rejection of conventions and the human likeness comforting, and perhaps optimistic, a result of the general sense of disappointment I have felt when observing many people’s behavior in the public sphere. While this sentiment is inherently dark, it was an illuminating influence on my evaluation of artworks’ formal and metaphorical attributes, and could mark an interesting shift within my curatorial practice. This exciting group of exhibiting artists has a great deal to say.
Curator of Exhibitions
Hilliard Art Museum
April 17, 2021 - July 16, 2021
December 12, 2020 - January 31, 2021
What is French in Louisiana?
July 14, 2020 - September 30, 2020
On the Line
June 30, 2020 - September 30, 2020
The Accidental Naturalist
March 20, 2020 - May 31, 2020
February 7, 2020 - March 10, 2020
March 30, 2019 - May 19, 2019
December 8, 2018 - February 2, 2019