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PR: Hannah Frieser Appointed New Director at CPW

Hannah Frieser named Executive Director of the Center for Photography at Woodstock

Woodstock, NY, November 16, 2015
Following a competitive national search, the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) has appointed Hannah Frieser as its new Executive Director. CPW Founder and Board Chair Howard Greenberg said, “Hannah joins CPW at an exciting time. I’m thrilled and extremely confident that we’ve found someone with the very particular set of experiences CPW most needs.”

As the former director of Light Work in Syracuse, Hannah Frieser not only has extensive nonprofit management experience, but she is also familiar with the challenges of generating national attention in the more remote reaches of upstate New York. At Light Work, Frieser found numerous curatorial opportunities to expand exhibitions beyond the gallery, including additional venues and area billboards.

Ms. Frieser follows Ariel Shanberg’s twelve-year run as CPW’s executive director, during which the organization received a Lucie Spotlight Award, the 2014 Ulster County Executive’s Award for Arts Organization, and Artinfo listed CPW’s residency program WOODSTOCK A-I-R among the top 20 residencies in the U.S.

Frieser’s decade-plus tenure as staff and then board of the Society of Photographic Education (SPE) is in part distinguished by her development of conference capacity. She also co-chaired the 2010 SPE National Conference themed “Facing Diversity…” with Miriam Romais of En Foco, and chaired the 2011 SPE Regional Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Conference themed “Photographers + Publishing.”

FotoFest, Rhubarb Rhubarb, Photolucida, PhotoVisa, folioPORT and FotoTriennale.dk among others have sought Hannah Frieser’s insights as a reviewer, juror, and speaker worldwide. She also served as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts for several years. Together with Charles Guice, Frieser is currently developing an online initiative to promote dialogue about contemporary photography from global perspectives.

“For almost forty years, the Center for Photography at Woodstock has been a vibrant part of New York’s art community,” said Frieser. “CPW has created countless opportunities for artists working in photography, while bringing diverse and unique programs to the Hudson Valley region. It is a privilege to join the Center at this pivotal time, when innovative new collaborations are possible and so many fresh opportunities for photographers abound.”

Founded in 1977, the Center for Photography at Woodstock is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 artist-centered organization dedicated to supporting artists working in photography and related media and engaging audiences through opportunities in which creation, discovery, and learning are made possible.

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on view: October 23, 2015 – January 24, 2016
artists reception: Saturday 4-6pm, November 14, 2015

The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) is pleased to announce Made in Woodstock VII featuring work by CPW’s artists-in-residence from 2012-2014.

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Mark Lyon Awarded the 2015 Photographers’ Fellowship Fund.

The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) is delighted to announce that Mark Lyon of Malboro, NY has been awarded the 2015 Photographers’ Fellowship Fund.

Vince Aletti, curator, writer, and Photography Critic at The New Yorker selected this year’s recipient for CPW’s prestigious honor. Lyon’s winning portfolio entitled Bay Views is an ongoing series that examines the relationship between self-service car wash bays and the adjoining landscapes.

Lyon was presented with the $2,500 fellowship on Thursday October 8th at CPW’s 2015 Vision Award and Benefit Auction held at Affirmation Arts in New York City.

This year’s applicant pool included submissions from over a dozen counties and nearly 50 towns, cities, and villages and 15 counties in upstate New York.

Aletti named Tim Freccia (Hudson, NY) the 2015 finalist. He will receive tuition 
scholarship towards a workshop at CPW in 2016; and Honorable Mention citations were given to Craig J. Barber (Woodstock), Anna Clem (Stone Ridge), Jordanna Kalman (Poughkeepsie), Jill Skupin Burkholder (Palenville), and Phil Underdown (Albany).

Juror Aletti remarked, With more than 80 entrants vying for this year’s Fellowship Fund awards, narrowing the field down to a single winner and one runner-up was a challenge. All the more so because the quality of the work was consistently high, a fact that’s reflected in my decision to name five honorable mentions–all photographers who had submitted work I did not want to go unrecognized. I was impressed with the wide range of approaches, technically and conceptually, and the intelligence and commitment that went into so much of the work I saw.

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