"Escaping Central Park" was selected for exhibition in the "2014 JAX Juried Exhibition" at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts in their Hayloft Gallery, located in Floyd, Virginia, USA. The juror was David Mickenberg, who is President and CEO of the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania and the past CEO of the Taubman Museum of Fine Art in Roanoke, Virginia. Mr. Mickenberg has been a museum director for over 30 years, launching his career at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, prior to becoming the director of the Oklahoma Museum of Art in Oklahoma City. From their, he took the reins of the Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The exhibition runs June 6 - August 1, 2014, with an opening reception to be held on Saturday, June 14.
The selected print features harp seals which I photographed on the ice floes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Northern Canada just prior to the seal hunt. The Canadian government had authorized a kill quota of 400,000 harp seals for the year. The means of killing the young pups for their coats is to strike them on their head with a club called a hakapik. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has noted that the quotas set by the sealing countries are unsustainable. More information on the harp seals may be found at http://www.harpseals.org and information on the exhibition is available at http://www.jacksonvillecenter.org .