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Celebrating Light Work Artists

In its thirty-five years of artist support, Light Work has had the privilege to work with some pretty fabulous artists. Most of them were emerging or underrepresented when they came through our doors, and many of them have gone on to become household names in the arts (think Cindy Sherman, Renee Cox, and so forth). What we like best is for artists to come through our residency or exhibition program and go on to do great things, and we like it when other people notice them.

Here are just a few recent accomplishments: Light Work exhibition Ollin Mecatl: The Measure of Movements by Don Gregorio Antón (AIR 2006) was selected as one of the top best exhibitions in Syracuse in 2008 (Post Standard newspaper). The Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA is currently featuring Pull of Gravity, an exhibition with Emmet Gowin (LW Grant 1977)  and Elijah Gowin (AIR 1998). The Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven, CT is featuring the exhibition Suite Niagara by Keith Johnson (AIR 2005). The Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco and New York City is opening the exhibition Connections in early February, featuring among others Gerald Cyrus (AIR 1995), Deborah Jack (AIR 2003), Sonya Lawyer (AIR 2007), Gordon Parks (LW exh 1995), Hank Willis Thomas (AIR 2005), Carrie Mae Weems (AIR 1988), and Carla Williams (AIR 1997). LACMA in Los Angeles held a video screening event for Suzanne Mejean (AIR 2007).

On the publishing front, Emmet and Elijah Gowin just published a beautiful book, Maggie, through Tin Roof Press. Aperture has published Hank Willis Thomas‘ book Pitch Black and is about to publish the monograph All the Days and Nights by Doug DuBois (LW Grant 2000 and 2005). The documentary film Born into Brothels by Zana Briski (AIR 1998) not only won her an Oscar but spilled into a breathtaking volume with the same title. KayLynn Deveney (AIR 2006) published her gentle book The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings through Princeton Architectural Press. And not long ago Lisa Robinson (AIR 2006) published her book Snowbound through Kehrer Verlag.

Light Work has a rich history of supporting artists through exhibitions, our Artist-in-Residence program, the Light Work Grant, publications and our public access workspace, Community Darkrooms. Our long history was recently summarized in a chronology and artist index in the anniversary issue of The Light Work Annual, CS147.

If you are a Light Work artist, please let us know about your recent achievements. Send us an update to blog@lightwork.org. We’d love to sing your praises and celebrate your exhibitions.

Image: Sonya Lawyer, Ivory M094