The Seven State Juried Photography Exhibit
University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial
Porter Butts and Class of 1925 Galleries,
800 Langdon Street, Madison, WI
September 14 - October 30, 2012
An opening reception with juror Sam Abell
will take place on Friday, September 14, 2012, from 7-9
PM in the Main Lounge of the Memorial Union.
Sam Abell is a documentary photographer,
instructor and mentor. Working for National
Geographic during the 1970s and 80s, Abell
describes how he “treated assignments like
fellowships (and) operated as an independent spirit”
seeking the “art of photography.” He resisted the
pressure for ever-more impactful photography and
found a niche by “mak(ing) my quiet photographs more
Sam Abell's work for National Geographic is
featured in his fine art book,
Stay This Moment
(1990). Other books include
Seeing Gardens (2000),
The Photographic Life (2002), and
The Life of a
Photograph (2008). Sam Abell teaches photography
Sante Fe Workshops and became a charter
member of their Mentor Program in 2009. Extensive
outtakes of a 2002 interview with Abell can be found
The Digital Journalist.
Entries were accepted from persons residing in the states of Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana,
Minnesota, Michigan and Missouri. All photographs
-- black and white, color, non-silver, and computer
manipulated, as well as mixed media
photography-based work -- were eligible for entry.
A total of 439 images by 109 photographers
were entered for the exhibition. Artists from all
eligible states except Missouri were represented.
Most entries of course were from Wisconsin, with 373
images submitted by 91 photographers from the Badger
Juror Sam Abell selected
49 images from 39 photographers for this exhibit.
Out of the six states that participated, all except
Indiana had at least one artist's work accepted.
A total of 30 Wisconsin artists had 38 images
selected for the exhibit.
Copies of the selected
images can be seen online at
Seven State Exhibit Selections.
The Seven State Juried Photography Exhibit is
The Center for Photography at Madison,
The Wisconsin Union Directorate Art Committee, and
Nik Software, Inc.