2023 Light Work Grant Recipients
Light Work announces the 49th annual Light Work Grants in Photography! The 2023 award recipients are Amy Kozlowski, Tahila Mintz, and Linda Moses. The Light Work Grants in Photography are part of Light Work’s ongoing effort to provide support and encouragement to Central New York artists working in photography within a fifty-mile radius of Syracuse.
Established in 1975, the Light Work Grants program is one of the longest-running photography fellowships in the country. Each recipient receives a $3,000 stipend and appears in Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual. A group exhibition of grant recipients’ work will be on view in the Hallway Gallery as part of the opening exhibition for the Fall 2023 season. This year’s judges were Ally Caple, Kris Graves, and Kelsey Sucena.
Amy Kozlowski is a photographer and studio assistant for Carrie Mae Weems in Syracuse, NY. She is currently a resident at the Gear Factory, an artist-only community style living space in Syracuse. She has shown her work three times in the space in the last year, participating in The Little Room Little Show, Art Evolutions and The Alley Way Get Down. Living in a creative environment has allowed her to find the creative spark in making again as Kozlowski took a break from making following the 2020 pandemic. She is currently preparing for her first solo show at the Stay Fresh Gallery in Syracuse in the fall.
image: Black Treacle, 2023
Tahila Mintz is a multidisciplinary artist and cultural technologist whose practice works to facilitate a greater intersectional understanding of Indigenous cultures. The artist engages with ancestral systems of matriarchy and gender equality, as well as contemporary issues impacting native peoples. Predominantly creating alongside Indigenous communities of the Americans, Mintz strives to reclaim bodies of knowledge that have been suppressed through colonial intervention and foster a closer connection to the natural world.
Tahila is an Indigenous Yaqui and Jewish woman who has been photographing for 30 years, living, and working throughout the Americas, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She worked for some years as a university lecturer of photography and is the Founding Executive Director of OJI:SDA’ Sustainable Indigenous Futures, whose vision is a world where Indigenous people are seen, heard, healthy, and thriving.
Her work is currently on view at the Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the present and at Unrequited Leisure, Nashville.
image: Sovereign, From My Grandmothers’ Light Shines Through Me, 2022 Archival Hahnemuhle Fine Art print, Tuscarora white corn husk, beads, ribbons, seeds Supported by Sharjah Art Foundation
AUDIO accompaniment https://www.tahila.net/sb15-Skywoman
Linda Moses (b. 1994) is an artist and educator based in Syracuse, New York. She received her BA in Art History from William & Mary and MFA in Art Photography from Syracuse University. Working in photography and video, she researches the intersecting notions of selfhood, family, truth, and memory. Her work has most recently been shown at Study Hall Gallery in Utica, NY, the Syracuse University Art Museum in Syracuse, NY, Governor’s Island, and Villa Heike in Berlin. She currently teaches Photography and Media Arts at Syracuse University and PrattMWP in Utica, NY. Her first monograph, “To Know You (Now and Then),” was published by Smog Press in May 2023.
image: A Pouring Out, 2021