Ken Ashton resides in Washington, DC, and has spent the past decade photographing neighborhoods throughout the world, with DC as a starting center point. He has undertaken an encyclopedic project of photographing communities in the Northeastern corridor of the US, from DC to Boston, entitled Megalopolis. Ashton's work has been featured in exhibitions in many venues including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington Center for Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art (DC), Anacostia Museum, Arlington Arts Center, Charlottesville's Second Street Gallery and Longwood Center for the Arts in Farmville, VA. Ashton received his BFA from James Madison University.
Page Carr was born in Washington, DC and is an Assistant Professor in the Photography Program at Northern Virginia Community College. She enjoys experimenting with various media, and collaborating with other artists.
Jessica Cebra - Born in California, Jess moved to DC in 2002 to attend the Corcoran College of Art + Design, where she majored in Fine Art Photography. Graduating with a BFA in 2006, Jess has continued to live and work in DC. She has expanded her artistic practice over the last several years to focus on a series of intelligent collages, often combining imagery from the world of high fashion to form compelling crystallizations of handbags, belts, gemstones, fur, and iconic models. She is fascinated by mineral sciences, naturally occurring structural and growth patterns, the allure of surfaces and textures, the ideals and icons of beauty and power, and the aesthetics of decadence and opulence.. Jess has exhibited her work in DC and elsewhere, including Transformer's recent Paper Trail exhibition and 2007's Natural (dis)Order exhibition.
Jenn DePalma lives and works in Washington DC. She is an active member of the now defunct D'steele Society of Advanced Poetics. She is half of the art collaborative the YAY team.
Avi Gupta graduated from the Corcoran College of Art + Design. He is an exhibiting artist and photography editor for U.S. News & World Report.
Dave Gustine is a photographer, collector and art handler living in Brooklyn, NY. He was previously Program Assistant at Transformer, a Washington, DC space for emerging visual artists. He holds a BA from the Corcoran College of Art + Design; Fine Art Photography program. Kyoko Hamada - Born in Tokyo Japan, Kyoko Hamada moved to West Virginia, USA as a teenager. Her work has been featured in various places including the Michael Hoppen Gallery ( UK ), the National Portrait Gallery ( UK ), Randall Scott Gallery and American Photography Annuals. Kyoko Hamada lives and works in Brooklyn NY. Her Exquisite Corpse image shows two Rodin monuments which have stood in various locations for about 122 years. Also photographed in between the monuments is a Brooklyn Museum guard who kindly agreed to stand in for 2 minutes during his lunch break.
Whitney Hubbs - Artist Whitney Hubbs was born in Los Angeles and lives and works in her native city. Her recent body of work, Day for Night, furthered the artist's interests in themes of light and dark, sex and violence, and life and death. The intimately scaled black and white photographs create a sense of something just beyond the visible, implying a tangibility just out of reach. In her new work, the photographs communicate abstractly the emotional tenor of the flatness, the shadows, and the shapes of her hometown. Hubbs' work has been exhibited nationally included at galleries such as Roberts and Tilton and Sandroni.Rey. Institutional collections include LACMA and the Whitney Museum Library.
Paul Jeffreys currently works and plays in Norfolk, Va. He is working on a long term photo and sculpture project entitled, "Let's Toast the Cold War", which deals with America's past and present identity crisis surrounding the Cold War. His aesthetic is focused on the banality of his surroundings, framed within the square of his old twin lens camera.
Marissa Long - Originally from Reading, PA, Marissa received her AFA in 2004 from the Delaware College of Art + Design, and her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2006. Her work is held in various private collections, and has been exhibited in Delaware, DC, and Italy. She currently lives and works in Washington, DC.
Seth Lower was born in Newark, Ohio in 1981. He received a BFA in photography from The University of Michigan in 2004 and worked as a photojournalist in Detroit before moving to California, where he received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. His work has been shown at venues including The Lab and Mission 17, both San Francisco; New Insights, Art Chicago; Bond Street Gallery, Brooklyn; Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles; and Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taipei, Taiwan.
Michael K. Lease (b. 1972, Washington, DC) received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005. His collaborative project SAMETIME 7:15 was featured on NPR's Morning Edition on December 31, 2008. Lease's solo and collaborative work has been shown at the Agni Gallery in NYC, and at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Site Projects DC (curated by Welmoed Laanstra), and the Flashpoint Gallery in Washington DC. Lease has participated in micro-installations in Taiwan, and was included in elin o'hara slavick and Laura Sharp Wilson's HEROES, an exhibition at Bryce's Barbershop in Olympia, Washington and Lump gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Kate MacDonnell has been making photographs from her travels through this sometimes sparkly and sometimes dull existence for the past decade. Both the effervescent and the flat are photographed with a sense of awe. Her daily practice has also involved a diaristic approach to image making by taking a photograph at 7:15 every day of 2008. These images are posted online as a collaborative effort with a community of 5 other artists at www.sametime715.com. This project was highlighted on NPR's Morning Edition. Her work was also recently featured on LarissaLeclair.com. MacDonnell is represented by Civilian Art Projects were she had her first solo show in the spring of 2008. She has been awarded an Artist Fellowship Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and has work included in the DC Commission's Art Bank. Her work is also held in private collections and has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Center for Photography at Woodstock and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She has been a visiting artist at the George Washington University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Edinboro University, Allegheny College and the Corcoran College of Art and Design; and was Artist in Residence at St. Mary's college of Maryland. She holds a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. She lives and works in Washington, DC.
Antonio McAfee obtained his BFA in Photography from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2007. In 2009, he earned his MFA in Photography from the University of Pennsylvania. Antonio couples elements of photography with sculpture, drawing and video - to materialize notions of relationships, mortality and nature. Currently, he is a Fulbright Scholar studying Art Management and Contemporary Art in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Andy McMillan is a photographer based in Charlotte, NC. He has worked for Time, Stern, Fortune, People, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He is currently available for assignment both here and abroad.
Ed Panar grew up in Pennsylvania and over the past ten years or so has found himself at home in California, Michigan, New York and Pittsburgh. In 2007 he received a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and his first book, Golden Palms, was published by J&L Books. Ed currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
Laurel Ptak is an independent curator, educator and photographer based in New York City, and the founder and curator of the photography website iheartphotograph.com. As a curator, she's organized the exhibitions www.iheartphotograph.com at Higher Pictures in New York City and, at the Pierro Gallery, Is it possible to make a photograph of New Jersey regardless of where you are in the world?, curated exclusively through digital means with the ambition of "physicalizing a Google image search for the words New Jersey." Laurel is also an active speaker on photography and has recently lectured at the 2008 New York Photo Festival, Aperture Foundation, NYU, the Cooper Union, UCLA, Skidmore College, School of Visual Arts, Hampshire College, and PS1 Contemporary Art Center. Her own photographic work is published in the book 25 Under 25: Up-And-Coming American Photographers (PowerHouse Books, 2003) and her writing on photography appears in the Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Photography (Routledge, 2005) and elsewhere.
Eric Gregory Powell, b. 1984 American, has been photographing for international publications from his base in Beijing, China since 2008. His work has appeared in Monocle, Wallpaper, Case Da Abitare and distributed through Getty Images.
Ahndraya Parlato was born in Kailua, Hawaii in 1979. In 2002 she received a B.A. from Bard College, where she majored in photography; and in 2005 she graduated from California College of the Arts with an M.F.A. Her work consists of large-format, color photographs that explore the ambiguous nature of reality, often revealing the uncanny or magical in everyday life. Amongst others, Ahndraya's work has been shown at the 9W Gallery in New York City, The Helsinki Biennale, at the Helsinki Design Museum, in Helskini, Finland, and the International Fashion and Photography Festival in Hyéres, France; she also participated in the exhibition, Never Been to Tehran, which showed consecutively in eight cities around the world. Ahndraya has lectured at California College of the Arts, in San Francisco, and is currently teaching at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.
Paul Schiek was born and raised in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He attended California College of the Arts and currently lives in Oakland, California. Schiek is an exhibiting photographer, and the founder of TBW Books, a publishing imprint that has produced books of his images and those of other photographers including Todd Hido, Alec Soth, and Jim Goldberg.
Zach Storm was born in Los Angeles, CA and currently lives and works in Washington D.C. He graduated in 2005 from Corcoran College of Art + Design with a BFA. He is currently represented by Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA. His work has been exhibited at Connor Contemporary Art and the Curator's Office in Washington D.C. Most recently he was in a two-person show at the Sara Meltzer Gallery in Manhattan, NY. Zach will be starting his graduate studies in the fall at MICAs Mount Royal School of Art.
Sarah Small is a New York based photographer. Her work explores disassociated themes in the same glance by bringing people, activities and emotions -- with little overlap in reality or imagination -- into implausible contact. Small's images capture living subjects up-close and in intimate interaction in stark compositions and disarming candy colors. Small's work has appeared in publications including Vogue, Life, Rolling Stone, HOW, Surface Magazine, Psychology Today, Sony, Vice, Playgirl New York Magazine, and The New York Times. Her images have been exhibited in major and minor U.S. cities alike, in such venues as The Corcoran Gallery, Farmani Gallery, Stricola Contemporary, Center for Fine Art Photography, Exit Art, Silverstien Photography, Chelsea Art Museum, Jen Beckman, and Photographic Center Northwest. Small's work has been shown around the globe in cities including Paris, Berlin, London, Beijing, Nantes, Amsterdam, Toronto, and Sydney, and showcased in exhibitions at the Australian Center for Photography, Caprice Horn Gallery, and the Bova Image Festival.
Asha Schechter was born in Portland, OR and now lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Sarah Wilmer - Born and raised in Missouri, Sarah Wilmer lives and works in New York, with her cat, Tubs.
Jason Zimmerman (b.1978, Lancaster, Pennsylvania) has been working as an artist and designer for nearly a decade. His projects have been featured in one-person and group exhibitions at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Civilian Art Projects in Washington D.C., Project Row Houses in Houston, Lump Projects in Raleigh, Apexart and Smack Mellon in New York, and Bétonsalon in Paris. He recently mounted his sixth solo project since completing his BFA in Photography at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2003. The exhibition titled STORIES!!!! premiers a film that Zimmerman developed from stories written by public school children in 1991, which he had found as a bound volume for sale at a thrift store in Portland, Oregon, where he currently lives and works. He has received awards and special recognition from organizations such as the Baltimore Office of Arts and Promotion's The Sondheim Prize, the Embassy of Switzerland, Scope Art Fair, and the Washington Project for the Arts. He was the recipient of the Young Artists Prize at the annual Trawick Prize ceremony in 2007. Zimmerman received his Master of Fine Arts, with an emphasis in Social Practice, from Portland State University in Spring 2010.
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 24, 8-11pm
Civilian Art Projects is pleased to present Exquisite Corpse – a collaborative photo project curated by Corcoran
Photography alums Jessica Cebra, Dave Gustine, and Marissa Long. Invented by Surrealists in 1925, the
Exquisite Corpse method involves a group of collaborators -- in this case, 28 photographers -- assembling a collection of words or images; each
collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see only the
end of what the previous person has contributed.