Portraits and Portrayals

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Portraits and Portrayals


Copyright © Michelle Rogers Pritzl

Juror: Michelle Rogers Pritzl

Portraiture has been a popular genre of photography since the earliest days of the medium. We continue to be compelled by the photographic character studies of Nadar and Julia Margaret Cameron, the social portraits of Dorothea Lange and August Sander, and the conceptual self-portraits of Cindy Sherman. There are billions of unique people to photograph and an infinite number of ways in which to do so.

A photographic portrait can be more than just the delineated likeness of a person inscribed onto a light-sensitive medium. A well-made portrait presents the viewer with an invitation to study the psyche of an individual. We can understand many things about a person based on the facial expression, posture, gesture, wardrobe, and environment captured in a photograph. We are given an insight into the subject’s traits, personality, and character, and the opportunity to comprehend the truth of someone beyond everyday outward appearances.

This isn’t to say that a portrait must absolutely represent the sitter. By deliberate misrepresentation, the portrait can now portray something other than the person modeling. It can be a portrayal of something else—another person, as an actor portrays a character; a statement on the human condition; or a metaphor for something else entirely.

This juried exhibition of Portraits and Portrayals can be viewed April 15–May 14, 2016.

Join us for an artists’ reception on Saturday, April 23, from 5–7pm.

Congratulations to the Participating Artists

Tslil Agmon (Machane Yehudit, Israel)
David Aimone (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Cassidy Brauner (Plain City, OH)
Jim Bremer (East Longmeadow, MA)
Aaron Burleson (Glastonbury, CT)
Evelyn Burton (Harrisburg, PA)
Terri Cappucci (Turners Falls, MA)
Zack Carroll (Manchester, CT)
Nicole Cudzilo (Bethel, CT)
Kristofor Dahl (Irvine, CA)
Autumn Dowdy (Porter, TX)
Anastasia Fasnakis (Stratford, CT)
Diane Fenster (Pacifica, CA)
Florin Firimita (Winchester, CT)
Morgan Ford Willingham (Vincennes, IN)
Kathryn Frederick (Killingworth, CT)
Robert Goss-Kennedy (Salem, MA)
Sandy Hale (Windham, CT)
Julie Hamel (Loudon, NH)

Charlene Hardy (Kennewick, WA)
Daniel Herzog (Manchester, CT)
Martin Holmes (Katy, TX)
Sergei K (Lansing, MI)
Linda Kessler (Brooklyn, NY)
Susan Kosek (Fort Myers, FL)
Traci Marie Lee (Providence, RI)
Ty Morin (Burlington, CT)
Andrew Musil (Athens, OH)
Luke O’Connor (Avon, CT)
Amy Rockett-Todd (Tulsa, OK)
Joshua Sariñana (Cambridge, MA)
Britney Segermeister (Washington DC)
Sara Silks (Overland Park, KS)
Sterne Slaven (Demarest, NJ)
JP Terlizzi (New York, NY)
Bruce Van Valen (Torrington, CT)
Michael Weitzman (Mission Viejo, CA)
Holly Worthington (Natick, MA)

Juror’s Selections

Important Information for Accepted Artists

All accepted work must be received by Monday, April 4, 2016.

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Michelle Rogers Pritzl was born and raised in Washington DC, where she fell in love with photography in a high school darkroom. Pritzl received a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2001, a MA in Art Education from California State University in 2010, and a MFA in Photography from Lesley University College of Art, where she studied with Christopher James, in 2014. Her work explores the tension between past and present in our psychological lives as well as the photographic medium itself, often working in a digital/analogue hybrid and using historic alternative processes.

Pritzl has been widely exhibited in New York, New Orleans, Fort Collins, Boston and Washington DC, amongst others. Pritzl was a Critical Mass Top 250 finalist in 2013 and 2014; she has been featured in Lenscratch, Noovo Editions, Diffusion Magazine, Lumen Magazine, Your Daily Photograph via the Duncan Miller Gallery and her work as been recognized by the International Photography Awards, LensCulture and the Prix de la Photographie Paris.

Pritzl has taught photography and drawing in both high school and college for the last 10 years, most recently serving as an adjunct instructor at Lesley University College of Art, as well as leading workshops for the Griffin Museum of Photography. She is represented by Corbis Images.

Please visit Michelle’s website here.