NEWSLETTER January/February 2020
The 21st Annual New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists 2020 Photography Exhibition
at the Exeter Town Gallery exhibiting through Feb 2, 2019
The NHSPA extends our gratitude to Julee Holcombe for providing a wonderful gallery talk
prior to our opening reception.
Julee Holcombe was born in Texarkana TX. She grew up in the scenic New England area and in the great Southwest. She received her BFA from the University of New Mexico in Photography and sculpture and later to later receive an MFA in Photography and Electronic Media at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore MD.
Holcombe’s work focuses on the questionability of photography’s truth telling ability in which to distill our sense of time and curiosity. She makes pictures predominantly with digital technology and software applications. Her work is both documentary, fictional, autobiographical, and reflects the world in which we live today. The landscapes she documents can be decades apart or miles apart as then they are re-assembled to create her own mythic reality.
Holcombe’s work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably the British Museum of Art in London England; Portland Museum of Art, ME; DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA and recently in Phoenix Museum of Art. She is represented by Kayafas Gallery in Boston Mass and most recently had a solo show at the George Marshall Store in York Maine. She has received numerous awards and residencies among them were a full fellowship to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her photographs are in several private and public collections: the Portland Museum of Art, Fitchburg Art Museum and at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College.
She is a tenured Professor at the University of New Hampshire and won a Teaching Excellence Award in 2015.
Her website can be found here Julee Holdcombe
The gallery is open 12-4 on Saturdays and Sundays during the show.
Statewide Documentary Project Update
(Formerly Introduced As NH-NOW Project)
The Portsmouth African Burying Ground. photo by Peter Randall ©
Gary Samson, Michael Sterling and Dan Gingras met November 25th with the team from the New Hampshire Historical Society and several other historical societies who are now part of the joint venture supporting the New Hampshire 2020 project.
Bill Dunlap of the New Hampshire Historical Society informed the group that he is in the final phase of securing an initial $35,000 to provide funding for the production of the 250 page book and some of the collateral material necessary for the seven statewide exhibits that will open simultaneously. The level of enthusiasm from the participating institutions is extremely high, and a lengthy discussion was had about the book, and how the sponsor (who we’re not ready to name yet) is planning on distributing hundreds of books to their clients in addition to the hundreds of books which will be sold at the historical societies. A final count of the books has not been made, but it’s looking like it will be in the thousands. Every photographer will be credited for their photographs in the book and exhibitions.
The NHSPA has a lot to gain from the successful completion of this project, but there is still much work to be done. We are planning on having a meeting of all NH 2020 photographers on the opening day (January 5th) of the Exeter exhibit to answer questions, and discuss the following:
• High level overview (NHHS, fundraising) and summary timeline (active photography, curating, preparation, show schedule)
• Number of participants and images submitted so far
• ’Tough love’ request for more images - shoot at multiple locations/regions, variety of topics (hand out the list below), grittier topics
• Technical challenges - RAW files/xmp files, offer of technical help (format of help TBD)
• Notice that round 2 of technical reviews will be scheduled
• ’Tough love’ - we need assistance in various areas - locating and reserving venues, organizing and validating technical format of submitted images, publicity
We are asking that participants really focus on creating a complete and full portrayal of life in New Hampshire in 2019-2020. Here is a list of some of the items we are looking for:
• Architecture – modern, historical, etc.
• Astrophotography over NH landscape
• ATV enthusiasts
• Beer and Wine makers
• Business – retail and / or office
• Children in an educational setting *
• Environmental portraits (artists, crafts people etc)
• Fairs (county, farm, ethnic)
• Family life
• Farms, Farm to Table, restaurants
• Fishing Industry / families hunting for deer, turkey etc
• Gaming clubs
• Gun / Hunting Enthusiasts *
• Homeless *
• Immigrants * (it’s really important to show the ethnic diversity in the state)
• Isle of Shoals and ‘Pelicans’
• LGBT community *
• Logging industry
• Manufacturing (hi tech, small, large)
• Night Scenes
• People working at their daily job
• People with disabilities *
• Political - campaigning, polling booths, NH Primary, NH legislature
• Poverty * (trailer parks)
• Prisons * women’s and men’s prisons
• Snowmobile enthusiasts
• Streetscapes and scenes
• Gritty” - the opposite of beautiful New Hampshire landscapes. Images of buildings, people, situations that are not beautiful but reflect a downside of life in our state. Once again, be sensitive to how you portray your subjects.
We’re anticipating lots of publicity for this project and each and every one of you who participates will benefit professionally and artistically from your hard work.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any NH Now questions, submit them to email@example.com. Thank you again for your interest and
participation in NHSPA NH-Now Statewide Photography Project.