Transmedia Photography Annual Exhibition: Best of Show Award

Transmedia Photography Annual Exhibition–Best of Show Award
Exhibition Dates: January 18–March 8, 2011

Light Work is pleased to announce the Transmedia Photography Annual exhibition, featuring photographs by seniors in Syracuse University’s Department of Transmedia, part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. For this exhibition, Light Work has collaborated with Innova Art Ltd to award a Best of Show and two Honorable Mentions.

Juror Scott Conarroe, a visiting artist from Canada, selected the recipients of the Best of Show Award and two Honorable Mentions. John O’Toole, recipient of the Best of Show Award, will receive $700 worth of Innova paper, plus $200 worth of digital printing at Community Darkrooms. The two recipients of the Honorable Mention Award, Genevieve Marshall and Varvara Mikushkina, will each receive $150 worth of Innova paper. Other finalists in the competition were Soloman David Schechman and Mary Gannon.

According to Conarroe, “It was a real pleasure for me to spend time with the work in this show. The quality of the images and the scope of inquiry were more than interesting; this is an inspiring collection of photographs. I am particularly grateful to John, Genevieve, and Varvara for this early glimpse into what I expect will be significant practices in the years to come. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who contributed to this Transmedia exhibition.”

John O’Toole — Best of Show Award
O’Toole’s series What Was Once Familiar… depicts Catholic Memorial, an all boys private Catholic school in Massachusetts for grades 7-12 attended by the artist. These images explore schools both as places that are consistently in a state of flux, with students graduating and teachers moving on, but also as environments that remain constant and familiar to the community of people that grow together within these institutions.

Genevieve Marshall—Honorable Mention Award
Marshall’s work investigates the complexity of feelings she has toward her father and their relationship. Since her parents divorced in 1995, her father has never owned a home, and as a result, their time together is spent occupying public space (diners, job sites, etc.). Marshall uses this series as an opportunity to assess her place within his world, and create meaning from the spaces that meant nothing to her.

Varvara Mikushkina—Honorable Mention Award
Mikushkina photographs her family, capturing how certain immigrant tendencies are inescapable. The work communicates what she likes to call, “the immigrant soul.” The images communicate an understanding of intimacy and the invitation to someone’s cultural home, where that specific culture is sustained within foreign grounds that it inhabits.

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Also on view at this time is the exhibition Penumbra, a suite of three video installations by Demetrius Oliver, which reconnects viewers to their place in the universe by playing with earthly and human forms against a backdrop of the cosmos. In Penumbra, explorations of light and scale, movement and the rhythm of the natural world suggest journeys both physical and metaphysical.

Gallery hours for these exhibitions are Sunday to Friday, 10am–6pm, and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call 315-443-1300. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Paid parking is available in Booth Parking Garage.

Light Work invites groups and individuals to schedule tours and gallery talks of the exhibition and facility. Light Work is a non-profit, artist-run organization dedicated to the support of artists working in photography and electronic media. Light Work is a member of CMAC, the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers at Syracuse University.

For more information, please contact Jessica H. Reed at Light Work, 315-443-1300 or

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