It is a privilege to view any photograph, whether it is posted in a family album, a social media context, in the press, on a gallery wall, or on an electronic site dedicated to art. Through the work of artists we get to see some of what they notice in the conscious, unconscious, and automatic inclusions of their lenses. We can see the world anew in as many ways as they provide. We get to notice what they think is worth noticing, saving, and showing. We get to wonder why.
Artists also reveal some of themselves by what they show and by how they show it. They allow themselves to be vulnerable to the eyes of anyone who may happen upon their pictures by revealing what they have noticed, what they are willing to show, and some of how they think and feel about what they show. They also give us chances to learn about ourselves by what we find intriguing, inviting, or repelling.
It is a humbling honor for a juror to be asked to select some, but not all, of the images artists offer for a competitive exhibition that is limited in the number of entries that will be exhibited. Thanks to all seventy-seven artists who contributed to this annual portfolio issue of Light Leaked and especially the nine artists whose work is celebrated here.
Juror: Dr. Terry Barrett is an American art critic, artist, and Professor Emeritus at Ohio State University. He has authored five books: Criticizing Photographs (4th ed.); Making Art: Form & Meaning; Why Is That Art?; Criticizing Art (2nd ed.); and Talking about Student Art. He edited the anthology Lessons for Teaching Art Criticism, published articles in Aesthetic Education, Afterimage, Art Education, Exposure, Camera-Lucida, Dialogue, Cultural Research in Art Education, New Advocate, New Art Examiner, Studies in Art Education, Teaching Artist Journal, Theory into Practice, Visual Arts Research, and many chapters in edited books. He is an art critic in education, consults museum education departments, juries exhibitions, and conducts workshops on studio critiques and writing.