Art Responds to Fire
After months of living in a local hotel with other long-term evacuees displaced from their homes since October, I have become intensely aware of the importance for communities to gather, and to be around relevant art, in order to remember and assess. My overarching vision for “Art Responds” – the contemporary art exhibition and the community engagement program – is to broaden the environment and open conversation to the widest possible audiences. When art leads this discussion, the aesthetic objects hold a creative power to steer conversation into new directions and unfamiliar territories. I have designed this exhibition with a "communal sense of participation” in mind, and the artists I have selected to participate are dedicated practitioners of that ideal as well.
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We invite you to submit up to 4 images that express your experience of the Northern California wildfires. All images will be posted to the online at A FIRE ALBUM and a number of images will be selected by our jury to be printed and displayed within the exhibition Art Responds: The Wine Country Fires on view October 10 – December 15, 2018.
Works will be posted on a rolling basis and contributors will be notified if their work has been selected for printing.
Our guest juror will be photographer Laura Resen. Laura has worked in the field of photography since 1982. She started as a picture editor and art director for New York based magazines and distinguished art publishing houses. Today she is a professional photographer and artist. Her fine art photography is held in many prominent private, corporate, and museum collections. In 2003 she published a book of her photography, Against Fear of Night, with One Star Press in Paris