SHY RABBIT opens ‘The Contemporary Photograph’ May 2

SHY RABBIT will open “The Contemporary Photograph: A National Juried Exhibition” with an artists’ reception on Saturday, May 2, from 5-8 p.m. Several of the photographers and artists will be in attendance.

“The Contemporary Photograph” continues through June 6. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Juror D. Michael Coffee, has over 30 years of combined experience in architecture, ceramics, painting, photography, and fine art printmaking, and currently works as a professional artist and arts education. Coffee’s high-fired ceramics and monoprints are included in nearly 250 prestigious public and private collections throughout the world, including the Vance Kirkland Museum, Denver, Colo.: the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), Pomona, Calif.; the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS); Santa Monica, Calif.; and the Dee Roy and Mary M. Jones Collection, Pomona, Calif.; among others.

As co-founder and creative director of SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, Coffee has been responsible for organizing, curating and installing over 20 fine art exhibitions over the course of the last five years.

From the nearly 300 submissions that were received, Coffee selected 75 works from 32 artists and photographers residing in: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and British Columbia.

The photographers and artists selected for inclusion in ‘The Contemporary Photograph” are: Sue Abramson, Linda Alterwitz, Matthew Bender, Chad Chisholm, Robert Beau Daignault, Dana Day, Tom Denny, Margaret Doell, Barbara J. Dombach, Gary Engle, J.P. Flores, Patricia Francis, Pavlina Gatikova, Suzie Goodwin, Mark Gottlieb, Karl Horodowich, Graham Ingallina, Walt Jones, S.G. Kealy, Ashley D. Kelley, Amy Kucera, Dan McCormack, Andrew O’Neill, Linda Pampinella, Rebekah Wilkins-Pepiton, June Russell, Steve Shelly, Jessi Rebecca Stern, Jenny Treanor, S. Blake Walton, Marydorsey Wanless and R.K. Williams.

“Given the broad theme,” Coffee stated in his juror’s judging and selection criteria as found in the show prospectus, “I will select those submissions that demonstrate a non-conventional approach to the photographic process or that utilize conventional techniques to create truly unique and original work.

“I will also select submissions that show a desire to create to the threshold”, Coffee continued, “that are most compelling, interesting, and/or well executed, and that are appropriately and/or professionally presented; original in style, and are contemporary in feel or tone.

“Finally, I will be selecting three artists from this exhibition who will be invited to show an expanded body of their work in a special exhibition at SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts in mid to late 2010.

“It is my hope that this exhibition will open the door to new concepts of how a photograph is created and that it will expand commonly held perceptions of what photography can be,” Coffee concluded.

SHY RABBIT Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday through Wednesday, by appointment or chance.

SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts is located at 333 Bastille Drive, two blocks north of U.S. 160, off of North Pagosa Boulevard.  The 4,000 square-foot arts facility houses a ceramic studio and fine art gallery, two mixed-media workshops, and two large exhibition spaces.

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Photo courtesy SHY RABBIT
SHY RABBIT Opens “The Contemporary Photograph” May 2. “Arc” by Karl Horodowich will be one of the featured works. This silver gelatin print measures 12-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches.