Monday, February 8, 2016

Pitt State Art Students and Alumna Exhibit Work in PhotoSpiva Competition

The Department of Art at Pittsburg State University would like to congratulate two students, Molly McVey and Jessica Purevich, and a recent alumna, Rebekah Parrish, on having their work accepted into the exhibition for the annual Spiva Center for the Art's PhotoSpiva competition. Works displayed in this year's exhibition were selected from a field of 664 images by 119 photographers; only 101 were selected.

Project by Rebekah Parrish
Established in 1977, PhotoSpiva is the longest-running competition of its kind. As stated by the founders, the objective of PhotoSpiva is to “present an exhibition of excellence in photography, celebrating the scope and vigorous activity of today’s contemporary photographers.” Spiva, located in Joplin, MO, is an independent community arts center whose mission is to promote the arts, nurture creative expression, and stimulate and educate diverse audiences within the four-state region.

Perspectives by Molly McVey
This year's juror, Sean Kernan, is a widely exhibited photographer, writer, and teacher. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, New York, Harpers, Bloomberg, Communication Arts, Graphis, Polyrama (Switzerland), Photo World (China), as well as magazines in Iran, Greece, Italy, and Switzerland, and has done a wide range of advertising work for clients such as AT&T, Amex, GE, Pratt & Whitney, Dow Jones, Harvard, and Knoll. Kernan has taught and lectured at the New School/Parsons, Art Center (Pasadena), Yale Medical School, American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), International Center of Photography (ICP), University of Texas, Wesleyan University, and both the Maine and Santa Fe Workshops. He has won numerous awards, most recently an Honorary Doctorate from Art Center in Pasadena.

Noxious Taraxacum by Jessica Purevich
The exhibition at the Spiva Center for the Arts Main Gallery will be open between March 5th and May 1st. Exhibited photographs will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds supporting Spiva. An awards ceremony, where winning competitors will be announced and awarded cash prizes, will be held at 7:00pm on Friday, March 11th. Following the presentation, juror Sean Kernan will deliver a lecture. This event will be open to the public, with $10 admission.