Juror Erin Wright, Director of Artist Initiatives and Special Projects at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), has selected two of my images for exhibition in the "50th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition," which is now on view in The von Liebig Art Center from June 9 through July 25, 2014. A Preview Reception is held on Friday, June 6th from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. Erin Wright will also give a lecture entitled "Reinventing a Museum: How I learned to Move a 340-Ton Boulder" at the Art Center on 5:30pm on June 4th, 2014.
The prints selected for the exhibition by Erin Wright are from the "New York City Wildlife" series, and are titled "Riding The New York Subway" and "Leaving Subway At 23rd Street." Both images feature two different subspecies of giraffes, and are framed in reclaimed wood for the exhibition. The former image features the Angolan giraffe, of which about 20,000 remain today in the wild and sadly, is no longer found in Angola; and the latter image features the Rothschild giraffe, of which less than 500 are believed to remain in the wild today, and which now relies primarily on a preserve centers for protection and breeding and reintroduction for their survival of the subspecies.
Juror Erin Wright has over 20 years of experience in the art world, having worked for Sotheby's auction house, to grant making for the Lannan Foundation to organizing exhibitions and project management for Gagosian Gallery. Her current work at LACMA is focused on artist projects and producing films about artists and their work, including notable artists such as John Baldessari, Michael Heizer, Ed Ruscha, James Turrell and Peter Zumthor. More information about the exhibition may be found on their Web site at http://www.naplesart.org/event/50th-founders-juried-awards-exhibition/