Eye of the Camera: Space to Wonder

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Eye of the Camera - Space to Wonder

Exhibit open to public: January 21, 2022 - March 12, 2022

Juried by Rupert Jenkins

The City of Littleton Fine Arts Board proudly presents the Eye of the Camera juried art exhibition, featuring Colorado artists working in photography. This year’s theme is Space to Wonder. The show is on display from January 21 to March 12, 2022.

There is no science to explain what causes us to admire those things that strike us as amazing. But wonder is a shared human emotion, some would say the hallmark of human experience. 
 
Some feel wonder wanes with age and is unattainable as we become information-retaining adults. But if we are given the space to wonder, does this change? And what does that encompass, “space to wonder”? Is it a literal or a physical space, a mental space? Is it permission to admit ignorance and awe? Does it have a sense of urgency or is it irrespective of time and physical location? This year’s 41-piece exhibition brings us Space to Wonder.

The exhibit will be open to the public in the Fine Art gallery at the Littleton Museum from Friday, January 21, 2022 - Saturday, March 12, 2022.

View the Exhibit in the Virtual Tour:

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Best of Show:

  • Best of Show ($1500) - “Muonionalusta No. 37” by Marshal Clark, 2021

Awards:

  • 1st Place ($600) -  “The Day Before I” by Kasey Medlin, 2021
  • 2nd Place ($300) - “Envelope no. 7” by Farhad Vakilitabar, 2021

Honorable Mentions:

  • Honorable Mention 1 – “Post Trader’s House, Fort Steele, Wyoming” by Thomas Carr, 2021
  • Honorable Mention 2 – “El Papelote de Nina” by Tony Ortega, 2019
  • Honorable Mention 3 – “Pregnant Climber 9” by Ethan Herrold, 2021
Participating Artists:

 

Juror's Statement by Rupert Jenkins:

"It has been a privilege to jury this year’s “Eye of the Camera” exhibition. It’s title, “Space to Wonder,” invites photographers to celebrate beauty and phenomena—the visually wondrous—and also to interpret situations beyond the mere visual—wonder as in to speculate. It was this second perspective that I used when making my choices. Did an image prompt me to question what I was seeing, or encourage me to develop a narrative of what might be happening, or about to happen? Viewing is subjective and often solitary—ideal conditions for contemplation; as the juror, I invite you to create your own legend as you ponder each image in the show."

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Rupert Jenkins has thirty years’ experience working as a writer, curator, and gallery director in San Francisco and Denver (1985–2015). Between 1985–2005 he curated numerous exhibitions of photography and related media by emerging and mid-career artists at three San Francisco organizations: The Eye Gallery, San Francisco Camerawork (both non-profit), and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, the city’s municipal gallery programming at four sites. 

Jenkins was editor of the San Francisco Camerawork Journal for six years. From 1994–95 he was book editor, essayist, and exhibition consultant for Nagasaki Journey: The Photographs of Yosuke Yamahata, a project commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki (Pomegranate ArtBooks/Friends of Photography, 1995). 

After moving to Denver in 2005, he worked as editor/curator at the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, University of Denver. Among his projects there were Warhol in Colorado (co-curator with Dan Jacobs/catalog writer and editor, 2011). 
Subsequently he directed the Colorado Photographic Arts Center for six years (Chair 2009–2010; director/curator 2011–2015). CPAC, a small nonprofit organization in Denver, was founded in 1963. Its five-plus decade history, and its 600-print collection of fine art photography, inspired him to begin researching the post-WWII history of creative photography in Colorado in 2016.

As a freelance editor, his most recent projects include Rauschenberg: Reflections and Ruminations (exhibition catalog, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Littleton, 2020) and three books on Native American art for UCLA scholar Nancy Marie Mithlo: Making History (University of New Mexico Press, 2020), Knowing Native Arts (University of Nebraska Press, 2020), and Visualizing Genocide (University of Arizona Press, forthcoming).