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International Juried Exhibition
November 20 – December 30
Jurors: Debra Klomp Ching and Darren Ching
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The 2021 International Juried Exhibition is an extraordinary show with a diverse array of images, processes, and genres. Many thanks to our jurors Debra Klomp Ching and Darren Ching, for judging over 2,200 images submitted to the competition. They had the very challenging task of selecting just 45 images for our gallery exhibition and 45 for the online exhibition.

Congratulations to the artists chosen for exhibition in our historic Carmel gallery, and those chosen for our online gallery! If you stop by the gallery, you can cast a vote for your favorite image in our People’s Choice Award!  There is also a catalog available for purchase both in the gallery on online. >

1st Place
Liz Steketee, Lost, Stick Triptych from Wrapped, 2021, Photography, Textiles, Wood, Thread, Varnish

2nd Place
Bootsy Holler, Wanda – Radioactive, 2021, Stacked Archival Pigment Prints

3rd Place
Michelle Sank, Kylie, from the series Breathe, 2020, Digital C-Type Print

Honorable Mentions:
Jo Ann Chaus, Shutters, 2019, Archival Pigment Print
Donna Dangott, Wallflower Boy, 2021, Archival Digital Print
Allison Plass, Heatstroke, 2018, Archival Pigment Print
Michael Young, Out on the Range, 2021, Archival Pigment Print

Selected Gallery Images
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Selected Online Images
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Curator Statement
We were delighted to be curators for the 2021 Center for Photographic Art International Juried Exhibition.

Jurying an immense number of submissions is a fascinating endeavor—not only keeping notes on which work stood out, but working together as co-curators in order to meld our individual tastes and insights into a collective agreement. Our threshold—the photograph needed to excite, challenge, and engage. We responded to submissions that possess a distinctive authorship, expertise in craft, that are conceptually confident, and well-resolved. Our task at hand was to determine, argue, define, and ultimately select the very best from the thousands of photographs submitted. Competition was fierce, necessitating hard choices—separating the good from the exceptional. After much deliberation the process yielded an outstanding selection of photographs.

There were many individual photographs that stood out for us, and some of these are reflected amongst the award winners. Overall though, we were most impressed by the breadth of creativity and imaginative ways in which photography has been employed to explore a subject and disseminate a concept. While we did witness a good amount of image-making that dealt with the materiality of the photograph, there were many that celebrated the purity of the photographic form as well.

The submissions demonstrated a very high standard, and we thank all of the photographers who took the time to share their work. Congratulations to all those who have been selected.

—Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching
Klompching Gallery, New York

Debra Klomp Ching is the co-owner of the Klompching Gallery (est. 2007) in Brooklyn, New York. The gallery specializes in the exhibition and sale of contemporary fine art photographs. Artworks by its roster of artists can be found in the collections of MoCP, George Eastman Museum, LACMA, MoMA and Victoria & Albert Museum among many others. In addition to owning and operating the gallery, she is a freelance consultant, writer, curator and educator. Her writing has been published in several publications, including being a guest editor for Photography Quarterly (issue No. 99) and the commissioning editor/publisher of (re)collect – Jonathan Shaw (2006). She is a regular judge for photography awards,, including the LensCulture Emerging Talent Award (2017), San Francisco Bay International Photography Show (2018), and the Arnold Newman Portrait Award (2018). Debra Klomp Ching is an Adjunct Faculty member, at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and is the co-founder of the Fresh Annual Summer Exhibition, and Rhonda Wilson Award.

Darren Ching is the owner of Klompching Gallery, established in 2007 in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn New York. The gallery specializes in the selling and exhibition of contemporary fine art photography, and has placed artworks into numerous private, corporate and public collections. Mr. Ching’s involvement in photography spans over 20 years, including jurying numerous domestic and international photo competitions; contributing to both online and print publications; lectures on the subject; formerly Creative Director of Photo District News (PDN); and co-curated The Architecture of Space for the Flash Forward Festival in Toronto. As an educator, he has been an Adjunct Faculty member at School of Visual Arts (SVA); visiting photography critic at The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD); lectured on contemporary magazine photography and design at Parsons School of Design in New York; and most recently the External Examiner for Final Senior Photography Projects at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). In addition to dealing artworks, he is a freelance designer, working on photography-based projects, a consultant to photographers, and a perennial co-curator of the Klompching Gallery’s annual FRESH exhibition and Rhonda Wilson Award.

The owners of Klompching Gallery bring a deep understanding and broad appreciation of diverse photographic styles, genres and mediums to CPA’s 2021 International Juried Exhibition.

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