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.

An alumnus of SUNY New Paltz’s BFA and MFA programs, Lyon has exhibited his work at Black Box Gallery, Houston Center for Photography, Photo Center NW, and Photoplace Gallery, among others. A runner-up of the 2009 Aperture Portfolio Prize, he previously received the Photographers’ Fellowship Fund in 2008 when his work was selected by curator Leslie K. Brown.

To view Lyon’s winning portfolio, click here.

Vince Aletti reviews photography exhibitions for The New Yorker’s “Goings on About Town” section and writes a regular column abou photo books for Photograph. He contributes occasional features and reviews to Aperture, Artforum, W, and Document. The was the art editor of The Village Voice from 1994 to 2005, and the paper’s photo critic for 20 years, Aletti received the International Center of Photography’s 2005 Infinity Award in Writing.

Aletti wrote half of the essays that form the backbone of Andrew Roth’s The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century (2001) and has written introductions to books by Michael Thompson, Ingar Krauss, Mark Cohen, Kohei Yoshiyuki, Ryan McGinley, Jed Fielding, and Bruce Bellas (Bruce of Los Angeles). An adjunct curator at the International Center of Photography in 2009, he co-curated Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now with Carol Squiers and was the curator of This Is Not a Fashion Photograph. He and Squiers also worked together on the 2009 exhibition and catalog Richard Avedon Fashion. Male, a book of photographs and other artwork from Aletti’s collection, was published by Andrew Roth’s PPP Editions at the end of 2008.


CPW’s Photographers’ Fellowship Fund was established to support regional artists working in photography and related media of exceptional talent. In many cases it serves as the recipient’s first serious form of professional 
recognition. The honor is often seen as a major step in their creative career and a vital form of encouragement to further their artistic explorations and professional goals. In addition to receiving the cash award, Fellowship recipients will have their work featured on CPW’s website where it will be digitally archived and made available to an international audience.

CPW established the Photographers’ Fellowship Fund in 1980, specifically to provide direct financial support to the community of visual artists living in 22 upstate New York counties. For the full list of recipients, click here.

Since the Fellowship was established in 1980, CPW has awarded $78,600 to 88 individual artists. There are no stipulations or requirements in how recipients utilize their award. Photographers’ Fellowship Fund winners are invited to contribute a piece to CPW’s Permanent Print Collection, which is held on extended loan at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York, New Paltz.

The 2015 grant is made possible with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Gunk Foundation, the Thompson Family Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts a State Agency with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and private donors who are committed to supporting the arts through opportunities that directly support artists.