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In Gratitude

November 10 - December 5, 2018
Artists’ Opening Reception: Saturday, November 10, 5-8pm (calendar)

LightBox Photographic Gallery
1045 Marine Dr.
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 468-0238

Son, Tone Elin Solholm
LightBox Photographic Gallery host the artists’ opening reception for In Gratitude on Saturday, November 10,, from 5-8 pm. In Gratitude was juried by Laura Valenti and shares photographic images with a positive outlook.

“The Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast reminds us that it’s not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratitude that makes us happy. Can we invite more happiness into our lives by photographing the things we’re thankful for? I like to think so. I spent a very challenging season of my life focused on this practice. Making images of gratitude was a sacred, healing touchpoint – a daily reminder that good still exists, that there really is beauty in the world.”

“As artists, we have the privilege of being able to create the world we’d like to live in - at least in our images. What if we consciously created a world filled with love, connection, beauty, and hope - a world where we celebrate the little things that bring us joy? What if we made images with the express intention to help others see beyond the horror in the news cycle and the stress of daily life? What if we considered our photography a gratitude practice?” ~ Laura Valenti

Laura Valenti is the founder of Light Atlas Creative,, an online platform for transformative photography education. She teaches interactive e-courses, supports emerging photographers in her creative mentoring program, speaks to photo groups and curates exhibitions for galleries and photo festivals around the world. At the core, her work is about helping her students find their true voice as artists, so they can make their most personal, meaningful, and wholehearted work.

Congratulations to the photographers accepted into In Gratitude.

Angela Douglas Ramsey • Sally Bowker • Jim Congleton
Norma Cordova • Terry Donnelly • Gloria Baker Feinstein
Joni Kabana • Sally Kim-Miller • Tone Elin Solholm
Kathleen Malan Thompson • Sam Blair • Peggy Taylor Reid
Stan Raucher • Thomas Robinson • Julie Moore
Michelle Swanson • Terry Thompson • Charlotte Watts

In Gratitude will be on display in the gallery through December 5th. Please visit the gallery during the month to see the collection of work. Complete show info is on the LightBox website at LightBox memberships are a way to become part of the community that helps to further the mission of the gallery. Contact LightBox at 503-468-0238 or

LightBox is located at 1045 Marine Drive in Astoria, hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 - 5:30.

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Blue Moon Camera's Annual Customer Show 2018

December 1st - December 31st, 2018
Reception: Saturday, December 1st, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (calendar)
Dance party social: Saturday, December 1st, 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm (at 45th Parallel Wines)

Various venues. See below.

Blue Moon Camera and Machine celebrates their Seventeenth Anniversary with a presentation of their Sixteenth Annual Customer Show. As one of the last optical printing labs in the country, Blue Moon Camera handles film from thousands of photographers around the globe throughout the year. Tens of thousands of images pass through the lab – some destined for the walls of a gallery, others for an esteemed place on the refrigerator.

Regardless of where they end up, many of these images are so strikingly beautiful that they cannot be contained by the hands of the Blue Moon staff member who notices them, this is how the Customer Show is born. Candidate images are selected democratically by the staff, and after a majority vote and the photographer's signature, they become the images that make up the Customer Show.

This year's Customer Show will take place in the following venues. There will be an opening reception at all venues on Saturday, December 1sth from 7-9pm. Images selected in 2018 will hang at 45th Parallel Wines, and other venues will host images selected and shown in previous years.

A dance party social will follow the opening from 9pm until 11pm at 45th Parallel Wines.

45th Parallel Wines
8527 N Lombard
(971) 266-0886

Anna Bannana’s
8716 N Lombard
(503) 286-2030

Leisure Public House
8002 N Lombard
(503) 289-7606

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Jady Bates, A Selection of Work

Nov. 1st- Nov. 30th 2018
Sat. , Nov 17th, 5:30-8:30pm (calendar)

Blue Moon Camera and Machine
8417 N Lombard Street, Portland, OR 97203
M-F 9-6 or Sat. 9-5

We are excited to present an exhibition of work by Jady Bates during the month of November. Jady is a fine art and musician photographer. She is internationally published and enjoys life, animals, people, and the world. She says this about her work: Photography is light. It exists only within the moment. I evoke from my subjects what is revealed within these moments. Photography is my lifestyle.

Come by to meet the artist behind the photographs at this celebration of them and the photographic processes she is keeping alive.

Opening Reception is Sat. Nov. 17th from 5:30-8:30pm but her work will be on display for the month of November.

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In Transit
A group exhibition featuring the works of
George Awde, Daniel Castro Garcia, Gohar Dashti,
Tanya Habjouqa, and Stefanie Zofia Schulz

Curated by Peggy Sue Amison

November 1–December 30, 2018
First Thursday opening reception: November 1, 6:00–9:00 PM (calendar)
*Please note that the curator and artists will present about the work in early December.*

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm

image © Gohar Dashti, from the series Stateless
In Transit is a multidisciplinary exhibition that focuses on the tentative, limbo-like experience of living between different cultures. The exhibition explores the stories of immigrants who traverse the no-man’s land that exists between home and hope.

The lives of those fleeing from unsafe, economically depressed homelands towards dreams of a more secure future are filled with boredom, sadness, fear, and apathy. They experience the deep absence of the loss of loved ones, familiar places, and citizenship. The photography and video works in this exhibition are created in Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Italy, and Iran, and are testimonies to day-to-day survival alongside the struggle to find a sense of normalcy and stability and a place to call home.

Utilizing photography, performance and filmmaking, each body of work examines the experiences of those thrust into a culture that is markedly different from their own. These stories illustrate the physical and psychological challenges faced, while additionally looking at the deeper discussion of what constitutes citizenship in the wake of the enormous migrations into Europe. Through their narratives, the artists strive to disrupt accepted misconceptions about immigration and otherness in order to tell a more accurate story. By collaborating with their subjects they give voice to those who must endure mountains of dead time while tangled up in bureaucracy in order to become more than merely ‘registered aliens.’

image © Daniel Castro Garcia, from the series I Peri N'Tera About the Artists and Curator

About the Artists and Curator

Tanya Habjouqa (JO) is an award-winning photographer, journalist and educator. Her practice links social documentary, collaborative portraiture, and participant observation. Her principal interests include gender, representations of otherness, dispossession and human rights, with a particular concern for the ever-shifting sociopolitical dynamics in the Middle East. Habjouqa’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is in the collections of MFA Boston, Institut du Monde Arab, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. She is a founding member of Rawiya, the first all-female photography collective from the Middle East. She is also one of four mentors for the Arab Documentary Photography Program, organized by Magnum Foundation, Prince Claus Foundation, and AFAC. She is a member of the Noor Agency and represented by East Wing Gallery. Habjouqa lives with her family in East Jerusalem.

Gohar Dashti (IR) received her M.A. in Photography from the Fine Art University of Tehran in 2005. After studying photography in Iran, she has spent the last thirteen years focusing her practice on social issues with particular references to history and culture through a convergence of interests in anthropology and sociology. Her practice continuously develops from life events and connection between the personal and the universal, the political and the fantasized. Her work has been exhibited around the world and is in collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum (UK), Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (JP), Museum of Fine Arts Boston (USA), Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City (USA), National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (USA), Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), Chicago (USA), and Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (FR). Dashti presently lives with her family between Iran and the United States.

George Awde (USA/LB) was born in Boston of Lebanese origin. Drawn to alternative narratives, his work delves into issues surrounding citizenship, nationality and sexuality, focusing on people living on the margins of the city and their parallel realities between life in Beirut and elsewhere. He graduated with an MFA in Photography from Yale University in 2009 and holds a BA in painting from Massachusetts College of the Arts, Boston. Awde presently lives between Doha, Qatar; Beirut, Lebanon; and Cairo, Egypt. He is represented by East Wing Gallery and teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha, Qatar, and is also co-founder and co-director of marra.tein residency program in Beirut.

Daniel Castro Garcia (UK) was born and raised in Oxford, England, by parents who emigrated from Spain’s Galicia region seeking economic opportunities. As the son of immigrants himself, Castro Garcia wanted to use his work as a photographer and filmmaker to help migrants/refugees have their voices heard. Since May 2015, he has revisited many of Europe’s refugee/ migrant hotspots. The book, Foreigner: Migration into Europe 2015 – 2016 was self published in 2016, with graphic designer Thomas Saxby and producer Jade Morris. In 2017 Castro Garcia received the British Journal of Photography’s International Photography Award and selected as a grantee by the Magnum Foundation Fund. He was also awarded the 2017 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography. Castro Garcia is represented by East Wing Gallery. He is lives and works in Sicily.

Stefanie Zofia Schulz (DE) was born in Germany and is a graduate of the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin. Her photographic practice focuses on the documentation of important social issues and the human condition. Her work has been exhibited in Festival Circulations (FR) in 2016 and has been published in i-D Magazine, Emerge magazine and Dazed digital. She presently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Peggy Sue Amison (US/IE) is Artistic Director for East Wing, a platform for photography founded in Doha, Qatar. As a curator, strategist, mentor, photographic consultant and writer, Amison has collaborated with numerous emerging and established photographers, festivals and publications internationally in Europe, China, the United States, and the United Arab Emirites. She is originally from San Diego, California, and holds a BA in Art from San Francisco State University. Prior to her work with East Wing, she was Artistic Director of Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh County Cork, Ireland from 2001– 2014. In Transit was initially exhibited at Gallerie Image, Aarhus, Denmark in 2016.

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Isaac Layman, Never Was A Thing

November 1 - December 29, 2018
First Thursday Reception: Nov. 1, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Artist Talk: Thursday, Nov. 15, 5:30 - 7:30 pm (calendar)
Arguing About Seeing, a conversation between artist Isaac Layman and Linda Tesner, Director and Curator of the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College

Elizabeth Leach Gallery
417 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30 - 5:30

Isaac Layman, Untitled, 2018, photographic construction, 33.5 x 42"
Isaac Layman makes large format photographic constructions of objects inside his home and captures astonishingly vivid details through the scientific precision of his process. Multiple perspectives coalesce and recognizable subjects challenge the viewer’s perception through meticulous optic detail. The artist creates the visual experience of “semantic satiation”, a psychological phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose meaning for the listener. Layman’s images similarly seem to transform through extended periods of looking and become more peculiar, alien and intriguing.

Layman's new large format photographs are featured in the first gallery, along with his uniquely conceived installation in the adjacent space. On display in the second gallery are pictures that Layman captured during a 24-hour silent retreat within the confines of his bathroom. During his self-imposed home retreat, the artist absorbs and reflects the experience of listening to National Public Radio’s perpetual news cycle through images on his phone camera. Every picture included in Never Was A Thing is imbued with Layman’s intensive process: a record of unflinching visual absorption and a meditation on the subjective nature of reality.

Layman’s work has appeared in Lifelike, a traveling exhibition organized by the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) second nature: abstract photography then and now, at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, MA), and Paradise, a solo show at the Frye Art Museum (Seattle, WA). Layman’s work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Frye Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery (Seattle, WA), the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse (Miami, FL), the Monsen Collection of Photography (Seattle, WA), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX), the Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach, FL), the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), the Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, WA), the Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA) and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN). Among the artist’s awards and honors are the Betty Bowen Award from the Seattle Art Museum and the Contemporary Northwest Art Award from the Portland Art Museum in 2013. In 2016, Minor Matters Books in Seattle published Isaac Layman Home Schooled a monograph on his work including an essay by Bob Nickas.

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Jānis Miglavs, Five Fingers

November 3rd - November 30th, 2018
Artist Talk, Sunday, November 4th, 4PM-5PM (artist reception to follow to 6:30 PM) (calendar)

Camerawork Gallery
301 N. Graham Street, Portland, OR 97227
Located in Lorenzen Conference Center - Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Campus.
9am - 6pm, Monday-Saturday, Sunday, 10am-4pm
Free off street parking available, Stair and elevator access

Portland, Oregon commercial photographer Jānis Miglavs notes, “What started in 1999 as a disappointment at seeing one of my images on a billboard has evolved, over time, into the photographic illustrations included in the upcoming Camerawork Gallery exhibition as well as a book.”

Wanting to do more than just make money with his work, Miglavs embarked on an 18-year journey to learn the stories, myths and archetypal dreams from Africa’s most remote tribes. He had learned what Anthropologists and DNA tell us, that we—all modern humans—are distant descendants of Sapiens who walked out of Africa some 60,000 years go.

So he conjectured that these tribes might have distant threads to the primal stories the ancients told around the cooking fire before they left Africa. Could it be, perhaps, our modern religions and beliefs are evolutions of those ancient stories?

After recording the stories, Miglavs needed to take photos for his photographic illustrations. This often resulted in humorous situations. For example, he would ask the Tribal Chief to lay on his bed so Miglavs could photograph him to use in a dream illustration. That would be like asking the Governor to fake like he was sleeping so Miglavs could photograph him for his project. One time, Miglavs had to pay a Shaman a little extra—because the Shaman didn’t want people to think he was dead. Anthropologists tell Miglavs he is the only person to have recorded the stories he’s depicted in his photographic illustrations.

Miglavs’ African adventures included a roaring lion walking by his tent one night, crossing crocodile-filled rivers in a dugout log and when one interpreter said he would kill him if he even accidentally said anything derogatory about the Quran or Muhammad.

One of the most memorable experiences happened when Miglavs asked the elders of a remote tribe in Ethiopia what advice they would give world leaders. These tribal members were remote and many Westerners would even call them primitive. After a long silence, one elder finally said, “Tell them that we are all created by God. No matter what your tribe, no matter what your religion, we all bleed the same color blood.” Then he raised his hand, with his fingers outstretched, to conclude, “We all have five fingers.”

In this age of anxiety and fear of the other, fear of the other’s tribe, ethnicity, political group or religion, Miglavs’ gallery show was totally inspired by that Konso elder’s insightful words: “We all have five fingers.” Miglavs hopes the exhibit will inspire viewers to examine their own beliefs from a different perspective—from the perspective of the Birthplace of Modern Humans. ABOUT THE ARTIST Jānis Miglavs was lucky to have been born. When the Communists invaded Latvia during World War 2, they wanted to kill his father because he owned land. Fortunately, his father escaped and fled with his wife—Jānis’ mom. Jānis was born in a displaced person’s camp.

Eventually, Jānis and his family immigrated to the United States, where he learned English starting the first day of school. After becoming a US citizen, he graduated with a bachelor's degree from the UC Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Fine Arts from California State University at Sacramento.

He taught high school art and photography for 10 years, then spent a year teaching special education teachers all while doing wedding photography every weekend and most nights. After he got married, his wife, Eddi, put her foot down. Choose one career. After a beer or two, he chose photography.

He started in the editorial world working with local newspapers and magazines like National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer and Travel and Leisure. When he had two young boys, he quit traveling to become an advertising and commercial photographer.

Along the way, he wrote, photographed and created videos for a long list of winery clients and publications like Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Oregon Wine Press, Outdoor Photographer and a variety of travel magazines. He wrote and photographed three wine-related books, which won numerous awards, including Gold medals and Best in the World.

In addition to this tasty winery work, in 1999 Jānis started a major personal project in the Birthplace of Modern Humans. For this he traveled to and interviewed the elders, shamans, witchdoctors, storytellers, and chiefs of Africa’s most remote tribes about their myths and archetypal dreams. For all but one of the tribes, he is the only person to have ever documented their oral stories—from which he creates interpretive photographic illustrations of the stories he heard.

While the illustration work has been displayed on a limited basis, including at the United Nations headquarters, Jānis feels the time is right to get the work and message he learned in Africa out.

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Team Photo Cascadia
Erin Babnik, Sean Bagshaw, David Cobb, Adrian Klein, Kevin McNeal, Chip Phillips, and Zach Schnepf.

Present through Nov. 26, 2018 (calendar)

University of Oregon Law School Gallery
1515 Agate St., Eugene OR 97493
9 am to 6 pm – 7 days a week

Chip Phillips
Seven nationally and internationally recognized photographers, forming Team Cascadia, bring their exhibit “Atmosphere” to the University of Oregon Law School 2d Floor Gallery.

The stunning images in the show have been selected by the photographers for qualities of atmosphere, an elusive but critical element in their photography. Adrian Klein, one of the photographers says, “As a group, we share a passion for atmosphere, searching it out and capturing it in the landscape. of our art. In our landscape photography, atmosphere alludes to the pervading tone or mood of a place, a view or an environment, and is often the defining element and key ingredient. Recognizing and recording compelling atmosphere at the precise moment is often the difference between ordinary and transcendent.”

The exhibit’s fourteen captivating photographs are printed on aluminum sheets providing depth perception, brilliance, and penetrating views mostly of mountain scenes and landscapes in the Northwest. The images enfold the viewers into their atmospheres.

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Lisa Bauso, Italy: The South

November 2nd - 30th, 2018
Opening: First Friday, Nov. 2nd, 6-9 pm (calendar)
Also: Nov. 17 7pm: La Dolce Vita celebration

2726 MLK Blvd
Portland, Oregon

Nationally exhibited photographer Lisa Bauso announces a new show of photographic work from Southern Italy. Lisa Bauso is best know for her street photography documenting ordinary people and places during extended travel. With roots based in photojournalism and a dedication to the snapshot esthetic she attempts to reveal a universal humanity.

The work on display, opening NOV. 2, at Union Knott Gallery 2726 MLK Blvd, Portland, Oregon are large scale black and white images shot throughout southern Italy with the incorporation of color playing cards from the Italian card deck Scopa. Scopa is an ancient card game popular all over Italy and the cards are unique in their beautiful, colorful depiction of the suits, void of numbers. The cards compliment the body of work which uncovers the historic remnants of the region and people with a modern eye.

Contact Information: 503-866-3028

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Leslie Peltz, Silos of Washington County Photographs

September 27, 2018 – May, 2019
Opening Reception, Thursday September 27, 2018 6-8 pm (calendar)

Washington County Museum
Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus
17677 NW Springville Rd. Portland, OR 97229
Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 am-3 pm

Molly Alloy, Community Engagement Coordinator and Guest Curator

Photographs by Leslie Peltz of silos used for grain, seed and silage storage in Washington County are part of the new exhibit, AgriCulture: Shaping Land and Lives in the Tualatin Valley. Her pensive black and white images invite the viewer into quiet moments she has encountered in her outings across Washington County to document silos with a Holga camera.

Visitors to this dynamic, colorful exhibit will be able to touch, hear, see and learn about agriculture and the many ways it impacts our communities. Since time immemorial people in the Tualatin Valley have used their labor and technology to maximize the amount of nourishing food and valuable plant products that grow in this fertile area. Those efforts have re-formed human habits and social structures as well as the physical landscape. This interactive exhibit centers on eight oral histories drawn from the museum’s archive housed within Pacific University’s digital exhibits. These individuals, some historic and some contemporary, speak to the field of agriculture through their personal experiences and the experiences of their families and ancestors. Together they become a dialogue across time, culture and technology that highlights many facets of agriculture’s impact on us all.

Along with photography, video, illustration, and an interactive drawing station, historic objects from the museum’s collection will be featured throughout the exhibit so that visitors can experience first-hand some of the tools that have helped shape the land around them.

A trio of classes with Kelli Pennington at PCC 112018

A trio of classes with Kelli Pennington at PCC

ART140 - Digital Photography with K.Pennington
PCC- Cascade Campus
Photography is both an art form and an industry Fulfill your art elective or attend for personal enrichment. You will learn the basic skills needed to start pursuing your dreams of being a photographer.
This class is for credit or available for audit.
T/H 09:00AM-11:50AM (25-Sep-2018 thru 13-Dec-2018) CRN:42407
T/H 02:00 PM-04:50 (25-Sep-2018 thru 13-Dec-2018) PM CRN:42413
F 09:00AM-02:50PM (28-Sep-2018 thru 14-Dec-2018) CRN:45324

Photographic Projects Feedback Group
Portland Community College Cascade Campus Continuing Education
Tuesdays, October 2 - November 20, 06:00 PM-08:50 PM
9FA632C - CRN:47717
Work in a small group setting to present your photographic project and engage others in conversation and questions. Deepen your perspective on your work and improve the work itself.

Fine Art Digital Printing Portland Community College Cascade Campus Continuing Education
9FA632D - CRN:47718
Thursdays, October 4- November 15, 06:30 PM-08:20 PM
Learn all you need to know about color correcting your photographs for output, by working with your own images.
End class with 3 16x20 photographs. Learn about local resources for printing your work.
Cost: $105 + $40 for prints

Blue Sky Drawers 2019

2018 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers Artists Announced

First Thursday, April 5th (calendar)

Debuting on First Thursday, April 5, and coinciding with Portland Photo Month, each artist will be represented by 10 original photographic prints or objects from a single body of work in a dedicated archival, flat file drawer at Blue Sky through March 2019.

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm

PORTLAND, Oregon - Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, is pleased to announce the names of 42 artists selected for inclusion in its 2018 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers Program ("Drawers").

Issac Sachs, Portland Meadows, 2015
2018 Drawers artist and Sitka Residency recipient
Danielle Dean, Elegy (Ripples), 2017
2018 Drawers artist and Sitka Residency recipient

Adam Bacher • Doran Bastin • Susan Bein • Ray Bidegain • Jennie Castle
Harley Cowan • Fretta Cravens • Danielle Dean • Lucas DeShazer • Claire Dibble
Gloria Feinstein • Dean Forbes • Hal Gage • Randi Ganulin • Joseph Glasgow
Sarah Graves • Lauryn Hare • Melinda Hurst Frye • Tim Jaskoski • Ryota Kajita • John Kane
Heidi Kirkpatrick • Cheston Knapp • Brian Kosoff • Zachary Krahmer • Laura Kurtenbach
Julie Lopez • Nathan Lucas • Sofia Marcus-Myers • Ryan Mills • Blue Mitchell
Marilyn Montufar • Stan Raucher • Shawn Records • Pat Rose • Isaac Sachs • Skip Smith
Deb Stoner • Nolan Streitberger • J Swofford • Samuel Wilson • Jennifer Zwick

2018 Juror

Hamidah Glasgow is the Executive Director and Curator at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Center hosts approximately 17 exhibitions annually and features the work of emerging and established artists from around the world. The Center has been recognized as one of the prestigious nonprofit photography centers in the United States. Ms. Glasgow’s contribution to photography has included curatorial projects, portfolio reviews (FotoFest, Photolucida, Medium, Filter, etc.), contributions to publications and online magazines, and the co-hosting of regional conferences. She is also a founding member of Strange Fire Collective, a group of interdisciplinary artists, curators, and writers focused on work that engages with current social and political forces.