Remarkable Photography Exhibit Opens at Hughes Fine Arts Center – Dakota Student

Prizes were awarded to talented artists who participated in the exhibition

Aspen Jew

Visions in photography: stories from today is a national juried exhibition which opened on October 17e at the Colonel Eugene E. Myers Art Gallery at the Hughes Fine Arts Center with a small reception to celebrate. The opening of the exhibition included refreshments and delicious live music provided by talented cellists, pianists and violinists from the UND Music Department. The exhibition, chaired by guest artist Cindy Steiler, includes the work of artists from across the Americas. Steiler is an exceptionally talented artist with a gift for visual storytelling and is currently the Resident Photography Artist at UND.

Featuring a variety of art forms such as digital photographs, digital pigment prints, pigment and palladium prints, and more, the exhibit is a beautiful display of life seen through the lens of a camera. Photo. The exhibit is sponsored by the Myers Foundations and the UND Department of Art and Design and awarded monetary prizes to the top three works of art selected by Steiler. Submissions were open to students and professionals over the age of eighteen. First place was awarded to Christina Kerns for her lenticular photography, Untitled.

The exhibit was curated by current UND Professor Suzanne Gonsalez-Smith. Gonsalez-Smith explained that the showcase is the first major exhibit since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. She emphasized that she wanted the exhibit to feel real and honest. “I wanted it to be open to whatever people were feeling, where are you right now, tell me your stories,” Gonsalez-Smith said. The result is a profound demonstration of humanity with photographs artfully communicating the isolation of the pandemic as well as the daily tragedies of life, such as the harrowing experience of cancer, that define human existence. “This stuff just doesn’t stop,” Gonsalez-Smith said of life’s common pains. “These are quiet moments that people have, and it was a little different from what I thought would come out of this exhibit, but I think it’s telling.” The exhibition contains a variety of artworks touching on all aspects of reality, with entries painting a picture of the complexities of modern life and the emotions associated with it. An amazing demonstration of the human experience, the exhibition is open now and will run until November 3rd at the Hughes Center for Fine Arts.

Gabrielle Bossart is a student general reporter from Dakota. She can be reached at [email protected]

Tracey L. Sweeney