Thursday, February 22, 2007
  Ken Ashton visits the Ellipse

Ken Ashton, 17 year long Corcoran Gallery of Art Technician for Works on Paper, visited the Ellipse Arts Center this evening to present his workshop Presentation 101: How to House Photographs and Works of Art on Paper. This information filled evening taught professional artists the ins and outs of archival framing and storage.

Thursday, February 08, 2007
  Photo 07' Juror's Talk
This evening Frank Day gave a talk about his experience as juror of the Photo 07’ exhibition, his jurors statement is posted below.

It was a pleasure to be back at the Ellipse Art Center performing jury duty...years ago I exhibited in this show, and the award I won from the juror, Corcoran professor Mark Power, was a big thrill. The Ellipse show was a big and important show then, and seems to be even more so now. 235 photographers submitted work this year, and we evaluated 647 pieces to arrive at the final selection of 105 photographs from 79 photographers. I am very happy with the broad range of quality work in the show, from the intensely personal, moving yet technically proficient tribute by John Babineau to his dying mother, “Mother and Son” to the more abstract and cerebral, such as J. Brooke Chao’s “Variety is the Spice of Life” and Jim Burkholder’s “Barn/Flag”. The show also covers the full range of contemporary photographic practice from the political, Steven Melkisethian’s “Protecting the Nation’s Capital from Photographer’s” and David Moss’ “We’re not Criminals” to tongue-in-cheek avant-garde playfulness of Brightside Pictures’ “Lady Fair”. The show also covers the gamut from straightforward representation to fictional spaces created in a computer, for example the captivating image of oriental carp by Tom Kochel.

Deciding upon the three Juror's Awards was difficult, but less so in the case of Allan Hockett, whose beautiful prints squarely in the traditionalist vein are both a testimony to a lifetime of achievement in photography and a reminder of how compelling "old school" black and white photography can be...no "flavor of the month" conceptual conceits, no gimmicks, just mastery and perfection. The same applies to the visually arresting nighttime image by S. Sean Khamphouang; it is mysterious, evocative, and beautifully done. During breaks in the jurying process I found myself wandering over to admire the image “End Point” by Ibi Henrichs; its rich vocabulary of pattern and texture, the grid shapes, the horizontal lines, the curves of the railing, the iconographic content of the text and symbols painted on the building, and the muted but interesting color rewarded repeated viewing.

A considerable number of photographs submitted for consideration were great images I would have loved to jury into the show, but were displayed so poorly in marginal frames that they were clearly not exhibition-ready. The Ellipse annual regional photography show is probably the most significant show of its kind in the area, and work needs to look like it has been presented with some forethought and care. That doesn't rule out innovative approaches, some of which can be seen in this show, but it does rule out drugstore frames, badly cut mats, prints coming loose from their mounting, and so forth.

I would like to thank Cynthia and Lisa and their multitude of energetic volunteers for their help in working through the daunting number of submissions, and for their patience in the closing hours when we had to make the most difficult final cuts so the show would actually fit on the walls. It would be great to have bigger walls, but you have to mount the exhibition with the walls you have, not the ones you would like to have.

Frank Hallam Day has been active as a fine art photographer in Washington DC for many years. He has taught photography at Photoworks, at the Washington Center for Photography, and at the Smithsonian. His work is in numerous museum and private collections in the United States and abroad. He has also received a number of important grants and museum commissions, and his work has repeatedly been selected for inclusion in the Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran and Transformer fundraising auctions, and has just been selected for the Print Collectors Program at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. His recent photographic interests include an extensive body of work on the erasure of personal and social memory in East Berlin, and an even larger body of work on the many ramifications of globalization for African economies and African identity. His exhibition of Berlin photographs at Addison/Ripley Fine Art was picked by the Washington City Paper as the photography show of the year in the Washington area for 2004. He also writes on photography for the Photo Review.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
  Photo 07 Opening
The Photo 07 show opened Thursday, February 1, 2007 with a huge success. 647 photos were submitted by 235 people. Frank Hallam Day, a fine art photographer from Washington DC, juried the show. The show now consists of 107 photographs by 79 photographers. Three merit awards of $500 each were given along with one purchase award.

S. Sean Khamphouang's
Highland Estate, 2000, was awarded the Arlington county purchase award along with the Juror's choice award.

Allen Hockett (left) and Frank Day (right) pose for a picture after Hockett received his Juror's choice award for his photographs Store, KS,1993 and 1832 Longwood Way Station, MO, 1997.

End Point, 2004
by Ibi Hinrichs (above) won a Juror's choice award.

Conversions artist, Joan Sarah Wexler (left) chats with juror Frank Day (right) about her inclusion in the Photo 07' show.

Ellipse Arts Center Intern, Laura Brooks, a photography student at the Corcoran College of Art and design received photographs and helped Frank during the jury process.

We had a very successful turnout. Over 450 people gathered to view the photographs and to support their friends and family members in the show.

Yummy! Check out all the good food we had. There was cheese from Wisconsin, crackers and apples.

After the awards were announced the Clarendon Strings, Amy Domingues on Cello and Maurice Gatewood on Violin, serenaded the audience.

Martine and Anne, two other Ellipse Arts Center volunteers helped the night move smoothly.

Frank Day (left), Ellipse Arts Center volunteer Mark Charette (right) and friend enjoy the opening.
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