MSU Magic Silver Show, Juried Photo Exhibition
By WestKyStar & MSU Staff
MURRAY - The Department of Art & Design and Murray State University Galleries present The Magic Silver Show: The Elena Diane Curris Juried Photography Exhibition, on view in the Clara M. Eagle Main Gallery from February 27 through March 29. The Magic Silver Show is an open-theme exhibition that showcases the work of regional, national and international artists working in all photo media including, but not limited to, traditional black and white or color photography, experimental or nontraditional light sensitive processes, digital media, film and video.
Magic Silver Show events will include a juror talk by artist Bradly Dever Treadaway taking place on February 27 at 5 pm in room 623 of the Clara M. Eagle Gallery. This will be followed by an opening reception.
Admission to this juried event is free and open to the public.
The Magic Silver Show began in the mid 1970s as a juried exhibition designed to encourage, foster understanding and reward those involved in photographic media. The exhibition returns to Murray State under the sponsorship of Dr. Constantine and Jo Curris, and is in memory of their daughter, Elena. Dr. Curris was the sixth president of Murray State. The exhibit is funded by an endowment to the visual arts by family and friends of Elena Diane Curris to memorialize her generous and adventurous spirit and to support the strength and reputation of the visual arts at Murray State. Elena earned an associate degree in communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and a bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications and photography from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Over the course of her career, Curris worked with the Mirabella magazine, the Ralph Lauren Corporation and California State University at Long Beach. She also maintained a lifelong passion for photography and the arts.
Magic Silver Show juror Bradly Dever Treadaway is a Brooklyn-based artist, curator, and professor. He has been a Fulbright Scholar to Italy and now works as both a faculty member and the digital media coordinator at The International Center of Photography in New York City. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art, Center for Photography at Woodstock, The International Center of Photography, the Ospedale degli Innocenti in Florence, Italy and the Lishui Museum of Photography in China. Treadaway’s film/video work has been screened at the New Orleans Film Festival, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the National Centre for Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia, Union Docs, Anthology Film Archives, the Nashville Film Festival, the Coney Island Film Festival and at the Brooklyn Arts Council’s Scene: Brooklyn.
The Magic Silver Show features 75 works by 49 national and international artists. The artists are: Regan Avery, Calen Barnum, C. Joel Beaman, Janine Brown, Gloria DeFilipps Brush, Derrick Burbul, Sasha Bush, Mike Callaghan, Kathy Callahan, Kora Carlson, Jo Ann Chaus, Vincent G. Ferrari, Sarah Haig, Rachel Harris-Huffman, Nelson Head, Qian Jin, Ken Konchel, Eric Kunsman, Joshua Littlefield, John Manno, Ashley Marcangelo, Natsuko Matsumura, Joseph Mays, Taylor McCord, Frances Melhop, Trevor Messersmith, Ashley Miller, Charles Mintz, Jacob Moffett, Emmanuel Monzon, Olivia Morrow, Denise A Napoli, Stephanie Parks, Stone Peng, Zandra Raines, Kristin Reeves, Evie Woltil Richner, Sandy Miller Sasso, Denise Schmittou, Alan Sockloff, Ty Stedman, Jessica Szuchyt, Natalia Tcherniak, Crystal Tursich, Caroline Valites, Thomas Whitworth, Gordon Wine, and Naiwen Zhang.
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Published 08:52 PM, Wednesday Feb. 20, 2019
Updated 09:03 PM, Wednesday Feb. 20, 2019