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2017 Woodstock Portfolio Review Weekend


Please click here to register starting Monday, March 27. Session packages start at $150 for 3 reviews. 2017 members will receive a $50 discount on their first package purchase as a benefit of membership (if you did NOT receive a code via email PLEASE contact us BEFORE checking out).

Priority registration will be offered for session package purchases through April 10th. Remaining single sessions for $75 may be offered closer to the event date based on availability. No discount will be given for single session purchases. Registered participants will receive a preference list prior to the reviews.

Abbreviated Reviewer Biographies

ELIZABETH AVEDON is an independent curator and contributor to L’oeil de la Photographie, profiling notable leaders in the world of Photography.  The former Director of Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe; Creative Director for The Gere Foundation; and Art Director for Polo Ralph Lauren advertising, Elizabeth has received awards and recognition for her exhibition design and publishing projects, including the retrospective exhibition and book, “Avedon: 1949–1979” for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Elizabeth is also an instructor in both the BFA Photography and Masters in Digital Photography departments at the School of Visual Arts, New York. She wrote the recent essay for Dornith Doherty’s monograph, Archiving Eden (Schilt Publishing, 2017) and Self Portrait: My Impressions of Vivian Maier for John Maloof’s Vivian Maier: Self Portraits (powerHouse Books, 2013).

JESSE BLATT is the owner of The J. Blatt Agency, LLC, a New York –based boutique agency and production company which represents photographers within the fine-art market. Clients include Denis Piel, Allan Tannenbaum and the Estate of Raymond Jacobs. Jesse also produces photographic exhibitions, publication projects and advises photographers on establishing and managing their archives and estates. In these capacities, he has worked with Steven Klein, Walter Iooss, Lynn Goldsmith, Elliott Landy, Robert Whitman and the Estate of Barry Feinstein, among many others.  Prior to founding his agency in 2012, Jesse worked as Annie Leibovitz’s in-house fine art producer and archivist; In addition to managing Leibovitz’s archive and print sales, Jesse produced her books At Work and Pilgrimage as well as her touring museum exhibitions. Most recently, Jesse produced Denis Piel’s book, Down To Earth and Allan Tannenbaum’s exhibition, John and Yoko: A New York Love Story at K Gallery in St. Petersburg, Russia.

ELLIOTT BROWN JR. is a conceptual photographer working on ideas related to intimacy, vulnerability, and social perception. The resulting images, set within biographical, private, and public spaces, demonstrate how the subjective body is in tension with past and available imagery, as well as with politicized representations of the body. He has exhibited domestically and internationally, with work included in group exhibitions at La Mama Galleria (New York, NY), Platform Gallery (Baltimore, MD), and Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (Philadelphia, PA). In addition to a visual practice, he is also the curator of DATE NIGHT, an interdisciplinary exhibition set in various homes. Organized under a guiding, discursive question, the exhibition facilitates intimate conversations on the exhibiting artists’ works and practices. He received his BFA in Photography and Cultural Analysis from New York University. Elliott currently works as a Curator and Exhibitions Coordinator at MoCADA.

CLINTON CARGILL is director of photography for Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Pursuits. Since he joined Businessweek in 2014, the magazine’s photography has been recognized by American Photography, Pictures of the Year International, Photo District News, the New York Press Club, and, in 2016, as a finalist for a national magazine award in feature photography. Before joining Businessweek, he was a photo editor at The New York Times Magazine, where he worked from 2004 – 2014.

KAREN DAVIS is co-owner/curator of the Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, New York. The gallery, in its eighth year, exhibits photography, mixed media and photo books by emerging, mid-career and established artists. Karen also teaches “Portfolio Development and Marketing Your Fine Art Photography” at the Griffin Museum of Photography (online) and the Davis Orton Gallery.  As curator for the Davis Orton Gallery, Karen is interested in seeing a wide range of fine art and documentary work employing conventional, alternative and mixed-media processes which reflects her gallery’s broad view.

ELIZABETH DUBBEN is an arts administrator, curator and educator with over 10 years of experience in the creative community as an arts entrepreneur, gallery and program director, project manager, fund development professional, and educator.  Elizabeth formally owned and operated Amrose Sable Gallery in Albany, NY until 2009, when she became the Director of Exhibitions and Development at Saratoga Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY from 2009-2016.  In April of 2016, Elizabeth became the Executive Director of Collar Works in Troy, NY – an arts nonprofit dedicated to exhibiting provocative and spirited contemporary works by emerging and underrepresented artists.  Since 2013, Elizabeth has been lecturing and coordinating the Entrepreneurial Artist Initiative at Skidmore College, under the Arts Administration program.  She received her BFA in Photography and an MBA with a concentration in nonprofit management from The College of Saint Rose.

ELIZABETH FERRER is Vice President, Contemporary Art at BRIC, a non-profit cultural organization and art space in Brooklyn, NY. There, she has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists, and is currently working on Brooklyn Photographs, to be presented in fall 2017. A specialist in Latino and Mexican photography,  she has curated exhibitions at venues such as the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C.; El Museo del Barrio, New York; the Austin Museum of Art; University of Notre Dame; and the Brooklyn Historical Society. Ferrer is author of Lola Alvarez Bravo (Aperture Foundation, NY) that was named as a New York Times notable book of the year. In addition to authoring numerous exhibition catalogues and essays, she was co-editor of the catalogue of the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark exhibition, Latin American Artists of the 20th Century. Ferrer studied art history at Wellesley College and Columbia University. She is currently writing a history of Latino photographers in the United States.

HANNAH FRIESER is the executive director and curator at the Center for Photography at Woodstock. She has curated exhibitions with leading contemporary photographers such as Pipo Nguyen-duy, Angelika Rinnhofer, Adam Magyar, and Suzanne Opton. Her essays have been featured in publications such as Contact Sheet, Exposure, and Nueva Luz, and in monographs for Susan kae Grant, David Taylor, among others. Together with gallerist Charles Guice, she is currently developing an initiative that will promote dialogue about contemporary photography, its practitioners and innovative exhibitions from an international perspective.

CHARLES GUICE is the director of Charles Guice Contemporary. Recognized for developing new talent as well as for advancing more established artists, he has been instrumental in the careers of leading contemporary visual artists including Max de Esteban, Erika Diettes, Birthe Piontek, Hank Willis Thomas and Carrie Mae Weems. Since establishing his eponymous gallery in 2002, Guice has placed works in prominent private and public collections throughout the United States and abroad. Together with Hannah Frieser, Charles is currently developing an initiative, Converging Perspectives, which will promote dialogue about contemporary photography, its practitioners and innovative exhibitions from an international perspective.

FABIENNE POWELL currently serves as the New York State Office of General Services Assistant Curator of the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza Art Collection and New York State’s Harlem Art Collection. Fabienne holds a BA in Photography from SUNY Albany and a Masters in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University.  She has over a decade of gallery and museum experience.

ELIZABETH RENSTROM is a Brooklyn based photographer. A former Parsons’ student of George Pitts she is an accomplished photographer and photo producer, and regularly shoots for clients like Refinery 29, TIME, Nylon and Bloomberg Business Week while still somehow managing to find the time to make her own work, including a hilariously poignant ongoing series about her early adolescence in the 1990’s. As VICE’s photo editor, Elizabeth oversees the production and editorial of the publication’s striking, and often provocative, stories.

ROGER RICCO is widely known as co-founder and principal of Ricco/Maresca Gallery in Chelsea, New York, which has for over twenty years discovered, shown, and promoted the work of numerous emerging and established photographers. Ricco received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. At the time of his graduation he was awarded the prestigious Rome Prize in painting. Ricco worked as an assisstant to renowned photographer, Irving Penn who encouraged him to pursue fine art photography.  In 2004 he began to produce multiple series of studio/still life photography projects that resulted in several one person and group shows in various galleries in the United States. Ricco lives in Woodstock, New York and a great deal of his current work includes organic and natural material from his environs. A feature on him and his work was recently published in Hyperallergic.

PR: 2016 in Review

The Center for Photography at Woodstock celebrates the year 2016!

The year 2016 brought significant changes to CPW. The staff, the board, and many volunteers worked hard all year, and CPW has the accomplishments to show for it. We are especially proud of gallery receptions with record-breaking attendance; the Race, Love, and Labor exhibition with visitor numbers that surpassed 3,600; and the completion of soon-to-be-released video documentation on all 2015 and 2016 artists-in-residence. It is with enthusiasm that we look ahead to 2017 – CPW’s 40th anniversary.

We thank those, who made our successes possible.


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Claire A. Warden, Woodstock AIR 2016

Press Release:

The Center for Photography at Woodstock is pleased to announce the release of sixteen documentaries featuring artists of color working in photography. Every year CPW invites artists and writers to participate in the Woodstock AIR program. CPW AIRs represent some of the most important new voices in the photographic arts today. “Historically underrepresented in galleries and art programs, artists of color have much to contribute. The Woodstock AIR documentaries showcase why voices of diversity are relevant and just how much these artists have to offer,” says Hannah Frieser, CPW’s executive director.

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