2012 Photography Fellows Announced
Congratulations to our 2012 Photography Fellows!
Four photographers were recently awarded Fellowships and will be making their way to Ithaca this summer for a month-long stay at the colony.
Simen Johan was born in Norway in 1973, raised in Sweden and lives and works in New York City. A solo exhibition, Simen Johan: Until the Kingdom Comes, was organized by the Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville in 2011 and traveled to the 21c Museum in Louisville, KY, and the Pollock Gallery at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Mr. Johan’s work is held in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum; Cleveland Museum of Art; Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts, Denmark; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY; and the Denver Art Museum, among others. Mr. Johan received a Saltonstall Fellowship in 2006, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2009, and the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellowship in 2012.
Shari Diamond is a photographic artist interested in the narrative, symbolic and poetic possibilities of imagery. Her most recent work utilizes photography and the computer to explore current events, see anew and imagine what might be. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, she currently lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. Shari received a New York Foundation for the Arts 2008 Fellowship in Photography, two BAC Community Arts Grants and was awarded residencies at Blue Mountain Center and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Her work has been shown in numerous venues, including PS 122 Gallery, Art Projects International, The Alternative Museum and most recently at the Beit Ha’ir Museum in Tel Aviv. Her work can be viewed at sharidiamond.net (photo by Lynn Christoffers)
Kirby James Pilcher earned his MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester. Since then, he has taught at Wells College (Aurora, NY), the College at Brockport (Brockport, NY), and at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he is currently a visiting assistant professor. His work has been widely exhibited, both in solo and group shows throughout Rochester and at the Jen Bekman Gallery in New York City; the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO; the Index Art Center in Newark, NJ; and at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, NY.
Christine Shank is an artist who currently works predominantly in photography and is interested in exploring the narrative quality in a single image and through relating images in a series. Her work is concerned with ideas of loss, isolation, intimacy, storytelling and the implication of place. She earned her BFA from Miami University, Oxford Ohio and her MFA from Teas Woman’s University. Christine currently lives in Rochester, NY where she is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology.