The 2011 CCNY Annual Photography Show

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Well they say that April showers bring May flowers (or some reports have confirmed, the Mayflower), but it also brings a photography exhibition that many of the CCNY (City College of New York) family look forward to. I support this photography expo not because that’s the college I’ve graduated from or because I have friends whose works will be showcased…who am I kidding, those are two good reasons why I will support this expo; but seriously the work produced at this expo, IMHO, is at the same level of that which is produced by students who go to private schools such as SVA (School of Visual Arts), NYU, Pratt Institute, and others. Plus, you will have the opportunity to take some of these wonderful pieces home with you as the proceeds will support the Joe Harris Scholarship Fund. As a recipient of the award last year, I can say that the money from the scholarship has helped me to buy other photographic equipment necessary to continue my studies in photography; and it will be much needed help to the recipient of the award this year. Please support the students by coming out to the reception on May 5th, 2011 from 5pm-8pm in the Compton-Goethals Art Building on the corner of West 140th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. The 1 Train to 137th St-City College stop gets you there the best, as an alternative take the A, B, C, and D to 145th Street station. And come with your wallets to support the Joe Harris scholarship, the work on sale will not disappoint. Look forward to seeing you there!

City College of New York (CCNY) Student-Run and Curated Exhibit Develops Artistic While Honoring the Memory of a Vital

New York, NY (April 26, 2011) — CCNY photography students are preparing to launch their 25th annual student photography exhibit with a welcoming reception on May 5th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The exhibit will continue through May 20th, and will consist of student work made in the CCNY Photography Area – the largest Photography Area in the CUNY system – in the past academic year. The exhibition is a long-standing tradition created in part to promote and develop the work of student artists, and to also provide financial support to the Joe Harris Foundation.

The foundation offers an annual scholarship in memory of Joe Harris a vital member of the City College’s Photography Area who taught photography for 18 years. “Joe was known as a great teacher, mentor, and role model,” said Professor Patterson Beckwith. He was much loved by his students, and highly respected by his colleagues and in the greater community. His influence as both an artist and educator continues to be felt throughout the Photography Area, and the scholarship in his name serves as an annual reminder of his service, and of the values it represented.”

The exhibition is executed solely by students which includes: the organization, curation, selection of participants, installation and promotion of the show. The exhibition consists of student work made in the CCNY Photography Area – the largest Photography Area in the CUNY system – in the past academic year. “We are happy to be able to contribute the Joe Harris Foundation and the scholarship that supports our fellow students,” said Yolene Grant. “We also know that very talented and accomplished artists include this exhibit as one of their first public exhibitions, and hope that some of us might enjoy the same level of recognition of the exhibits former participants.”

Previous participants include Tanyth Berkeley, whose work has been showcased in the Museum of Modern Art, New York’s prestigious “New Photography” series of exhibitions (2007 exhibition), and Hvorje Slovenc, whose photographs have been exhibited in dozens in museums including: Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Museum of New Art in Detroit, and The Bronx Museum of the Arts.

The exhibit is funded in part by the Auxiliary Enterprise Corporation (AEC) and will take place May 2nd through May 20th at the City College of New York Art Department Gallery, Compton-Goethals Hall, W. 140th and Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10031.

[JRP ’11]

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