Due to Covid-19 and the shelter in place orders in California, we will be extending the current show and postponing the opening reception of the 2020 Members Juried Exhibition. The exhibition will be available on line on the original opening date of April 11, but we have no set date yet for the physical gallery opening due to the unknown length of time that we must be closed. Rest assured, the members show will be the next exhibition on view in the historic CPA gallery. Both the 45 gallery images and the 45 online images are on view here along with price lists for all the works. The 2020 Members Juried Exhibition catalog is also available for purchase.
Jurors Ann Jastrab, executive director of CPA, and Laura Sackett, creative director and co-founder of LensCulture, looked at more than 1500 images and made a selection of just 90 photographs. Congratulations to all our members and thank you for entering the competition! It’s a beautiful show, both online and one day in person!
The Exhibition Catalog includes all images selected for the gallery and online exhibition. It is available for purchase in the gallery when we open again, and by appointment. It may also be purchased online at Magcloud >
Ann Jastrab is the Executive Director at the Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, California. CPA strives to advance photography through education, exhibition and publication. Before coming onboard at CPA, Ann was the gallery manager at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco where she incorporated contemporary artists with the living legends photography. Ann also worked as the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco for 10 years until their closure in 2017.
There’s an electric moment with Jim Rohan’s Field of Stars. The fields reversed, a negative figure walking through a vibrating atmosphere. I see it with Jacqueline Walters’ multiple exposure of marching mannequins floating in a sea of light bulbs. Which I see next to both the nest of Jan Wattten’s Asparagus Virgatus and the nestled sand dollars in Sharon Johnson-Tennant’s Fertility. Those, I see with Bootsy Holler’s mysterious figure in a purple expanse of flowers on Kona and Rebecca Zeiss’s swirling collodion house. I’m on a journey to these truly magical places and spaces with the photographers in the 2020 Members Juried Show. It was not possible to distill it down to these surreal moments, without also considering the straightforward image, the document, the decisive moment. With my penchant for the dream-like and also my secret past as a documentarian and teacher of documentary photography, we arrived at this collection of pictures. My leanings coupled with Laura Sackett’s vision and experience, produced an exhibition that takes you from the realities of India and the streets of Kolkata and Kenya and Ireland (and beyond) to the constructed scenes created by Cody Bratt, Terri Fullerton, and Charlotta Hauksdottir. So much intensity of seeing and so much creativity in this array. There is also a second group of pictures, the on-line selection, that are no less powerful and no less transformative, that given a larger space, we could have incorporated all 90 pictures together and the show would have had that much more resonance. I am grateful to all of the photographers for sharing their projects and their vision with me. Thank you.
Laura Sackett, Creative Director and partner in LensCulture, one of the leading online destinations committed to discovering and promoting the best in the global contemporary photography. She has lead all aspects of design including brand, website, print, communications, screenings and exhibitions.
I like to think of the 45 images chosen for this year’s CPA Member’s Exhibition, co-curated with Ann Jastrab, as a really great Spotify playlist for the best of California. Of course, the artists represented are not all from California, nor is the work about California, but there is a core ‘California-ness’ for me, that threads through the work. Perhaps that is simply an easy label to ascribe to the diversity of content, method and process that makes up this playlist. It is full of single images that are hard to describe: experimental, playful, troubling, complex, beautiful, but above all, very thoughtful. Hung together they exhibit photographic integrity in its many forms.