Self portrait from Jolynne Hudnell
Photo courtesy of: APP
May 31, 2012
By George Mauzy
Path: The Athens Photographic Project Annual Juried Exhibition's opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the Dairy Barn Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.
The project, which will be on display June 1-10, features the new work of 35 artists who participated in 30 weeks of introductory film and advanced digital photography classes. Shelby Lee Adams will serve as the exhibition juror.
The Athens Photographic Project promotes mental health recovery in Southeast Ohio by providing the opportunity for community members with mental illness to express themselves creatively through photography.
The project was created in 2000 by Ohio University alumna Elise Sanford.
Terry Eiler, director of the Ohio University School of Visual Communication, serves as the president of the Project's board of directors.
"Ohio University students have participated in the Project since it was created," Eiler said. "It is a wonderful outreach into the community."
About 15 Ohio University students volunteered with the APP this year assisting with photography classes, the member-run gallery, program evaluation and marketing.
Nate Thomson, executive director of the Photographic Project, said Friday's exhibition is the group's signature event each year.
"It's an invitation to the community to come out and see what our new artists have been doing in their 30 weeks of participation," he said.
Thomson said the art will be on display at the Photographic Project's Elise Sanford Gallery, a member-run gallery inside The Market on State in Athens, Ohio, after the exhibition ends.
For more information, visit www.athensphotoproject.org.