College of Fine Arts announces the 2023 Alternatives’ biennial in the Ohio University Art Gallery

The Alternatives’ 2023 international biennial juried photo show, “Image as Object,” features a range of image-making practices under the umbrella of photography. The show is currently on display at the Ohio University Art Gallery and will culminate with a closing reception and artist talk by the juror, artist Deborah Orloff, at Mitchell Auditorium in Seigfred Hall on Thursday, Feb. 16, starting at 5 p.m.

The exhibition, which sought submissions that considered the ‘objectness’ of photography, features the work of 41 juror-selected artists. Each piece explores the artist’s thematic interpretation, the physical manifestation of that which can’t otherwise be pinned down — the tangible in the intangible.

The exhibition features artists working broadly within the spectrum of image-based media, including conventional and non-traditional photographic processes, moving images and installations.

Exhibiting artists are: Bekah Alviani, Federica Armstrong, Carmelo Amenta, Lynn Bierbaum, Jessica Buie, Savannah Calhoun, Yiyun Chen, Travis Dodd, Sharon Draghi, Jeff Evans, Lalana Fedorschak, Jon Feinstein, Paul Gravett, Liam Kalae Keanini, Daniel J. King, Anton Kuehnhackl, Anastasiia Kulikalova, Veronica Leto, Jesse Ly, Mara Magyarosi-Laytner, Candice Marie Inc, Nathan Matteson and Barbara Raid, Allen Morris, Ania Moussawel, Marcus Newton, David Ondrik, Christine Osinski, Hattie Phillips, Katie Prock, Marshall Ransfield, Enrique Rosas, Mark Schoon and Casey McGuire, Hyacinth Schukis, Sue Palmer Stone, JP Terlizzi, Cara Lee Wade, Nicholas Warndorf, Simone Wicca and Morgan Ford Willingham.

About Juror Deborah Orloff
Originally from New York City, Orloff is currently a tenured professor and associate chair of the Department of Art where she is also head of photography and digital media at the University of Toledo. Her artwork has been included in numerous exhibitions at national and international venues, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Toyohashi Museum of Art & History in Japan, The Museum of Fine Arts in Nizhny Tagil, Russia, and the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland.

About OHIO’s Alternatives Biennial
Since its beginning in 1980, Alternatives has achieved national recognition for its leadership in forging new definitions in the medium by emphasizing the work of photographers in the conceptual forefront of the practice. The Alternatives Biennial is funded by the legacies of Clarence White—founder of the historically renowned Clarence White School of Photography in New York—and his son, Clarence White Jr., who re-established the school at Ohio University in 1948, creating the first degree-granting program in photography at a major university in the country.

Visit the exhibition website for more information.

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February 2, 2023
Staff reports