BS @ PS participants. You can pick up your books anytime now. They have been returned from the show at Carroll College and are in the store room at Portrait Society. Thank you all for participating. Let me know if you think we should attempt this feat again in the years ahead!
The Opening Reception is this Friday at Portrait Society!
RSVP on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/265086436915333/
Portrait Society Gallery
207 E. Buffalo Street, FIFTH FLOOR
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Thurs-Sat: 1 to 5 p.m.
BS @ PS: Book Show at Portrait Society will open Gallery Night, Friday, April 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show will run through June 2, 2012.
Seventy Wisconsin photographers submitted book projects to this juried competition. All of the entries will be shown in a reading room at the gallery. In addition, three artists were selected for solo shows, which will run simultaneously.
The jurying of the book show took place on Monday, March 12 at the gallery. The judges were photographers Sonja Thomsen, Kevin Miyazaki and Paul Baker Prindle.
Three projects were selected for solo shows and four books were selected (one from each category) for Honorary Mentions. In addition, one book was chosen for a Juror’s Selection (best-of-show) award.
See the blog site: bsatps.wordpress.com for notes on some of the judges’ responses and thinking.
Here are the winning projects:
Honorary Mentions (includes cash award, special display of book and one print from project on wall):
Contemporary Portrait: “Back in the World: Portraits of Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans,” by James Gill.
Travel: “Flores de Guatemala,” by Pam Miller.
Documentary: “A Working Ranch,” by James Brozek..
Fine Art: “Digging,” by John Lusis.
1. “Peruvians” (travel) by Christopher Colby.
2. “The Bedroom” (contemporary portrait) by Lois Bielefeld.
3. “A Selection of Selections” (fine art) by PJ Moody.
Juror’s Award, best in show:
(Cash award donated by jurors)
“Brief Encounters” by Marta Shumylo.
The finalists in each category were as follows:
Fine Art: “Lambent” by Sarah J. Stankey; “Veil” by Henk Joubert; “States of Matter” by Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg; “Winter Zen” by Arthur Elkon.
Documentary: “Under MKE” by Robert Burns; “Skyros Carnival” by Dick Blau; “The Face of Food” by Adam J. Horwitz; “Anatomy of an Avenue” by Barbara J. Miner; and “Bomber: A Chance Unwinding” by Lewis Koch.
Contemporary Portrait: “Facets” by Sheila Teruty.
Travel: “A Week in Panama” by Mark A. Stall; “The Promised Land” by Kyle Seis.
Mary Louise Schumacher from the Journal Sentinel wrote up a nice little preview of our upcoming BS @ PS photo book show. Read the full article here >>
photo by Christopher Colby’s from his submission “The Peruvians”
For all of those interested in attending the opening reception of BS @ PS, we have created a nice little reminder for you via a facebook event. Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/events/265086436915333/
RSVP and help spread the word. Check out all the books April 20th!
After nearly two and a half hours of deliberation, our judges (Sonja Thomsen, Paul Baker Prindle, Kevin Miyazaki) came to the unanimous decision to elect “Brief Encounters” by Marta Shumylo as The Best of Show! Congratulations to Marta for winning the BS @ PS first ever Best of Show!
We would like to thank all those that submitted books this year. The quality of the books exceeded our expectations with many great surprises and fascinating projects. Be sure to check out all of the submissions in their entirety beginning Friday, April 20th from 6-9pm at The Portrait Society! (207 E. Buffalo St. Marshall Building, 5th Floor, Milwaukee ).
In the meantime, here is a sneak peak at our grand prize winner!
Below you will find more images from the judging process. The judges narrowed down the submissions into finalists for each category, and then narrowed down the list further from there.
Below are the finalists for the Contemporary Portraiture category. Of the three books chosen as finalists, “The Bedroom” (contemporary portrait) by Lois Bielefeld won an extended exhibit of her work, “Back in the World: Portraits of Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans,” by James Gill won Best of Category honorable mention, and Sheila Teruty’s “Facets” was also recognized as a finalist. Both Lois and James are accomplished commercial photographers having shot for the likes of Times Magazine, New York Times, and Journal Sentinel between them.
In the Fine Art Category the following books received recognition: “Lambent” by Sarah J. Stankey; “Veil” by Henk Joubert; “States of Matter” by Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg; “Winter Zen” by Arthur Elkon and “A Selection of Selections” by PJ Moody was selected to have an extended show.
The Finalists for the Travel Category were as follows: Travel: “A Week in Panama” by Mark A. Stall; “The Promised Land” by Kyle Seis. Category winner: “Flores de Guatemala,” by Pam Miller, and Christopher Colbys’ “Peruvians” was selected to have an extended exhibition!
The documentary submissions were very strong. Finalists included Barbara J. Miner’s “Anatomy of an Avenue,” for which she received a Nohl Fellowship for this body of work. Her work has also been featured in Milwaukee Magazine and the New York Times. Lewis Koch’s body of work “Bomber: A Chance Unwinding” has received wide recognition, including a show at the Watrous Gallery at the Overture Center in Madison, WI.
Congratulations to all of the books receiving recognition! Tomorrow we will make the final announcement, Best of Show!