Transitions—NH Art Association’s 42nd annual Parfitt juried photo exhibition
PORTSMOUTH – The 42nd annual Jack Parfitt Juried Photography Exhibition will be on display during the month of August at the New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery.
The theme this year is “Transitions.” This past year has been a time of transition for everyone and artists were invited to show transitions as seen through their eyes. The exhibit will be at the Levy Gallery from Aug. 4 through Aug. 29, and also online at www.nhartassociation.org.
An opening reception and awards ceremony will be held at the gallery on Friday, Aug. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.
This exhibit is one of NHAA's most prestigious exhibits of the year. It is held annually in honor of Jack Parfitt, one of NHAA’s founders, to commemorate his photographic excellence.
This year’s juror is Jason Landry, a fine art photography collector. He is the former owner of Panopticon Gallery in Boston and was the founding director of the MFA in Photography program at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester.
Out of 155 submitted entries from NHAA members and regional photographers, 79 were juried into this year’s show.
“What is technical and what is artistic is in the eye of the beholder, or in this case, the juror,” Landry said. “This was the criteria I had when judging the images for this exhibition. Choices are visceral – they come from within. My decisions were based solely on how I felt, but also based on my past history as a gallery owner, educator, artist, photographer and collector.”
Landry has juried a number of exhibitions throughout his career. He often found that too many of the artists and students were overly influenced by history’s greatest photographers.
“With the work that I viewed for this exhibition, it was the complete opposite,” he said. “You made work that came through you. You did what photographer Harold Feinstein famously stated, ‘When your jaw drops open, click the shutter.’”
Each artist or photographer must create their own way – their own story, Landry added.
“It’s good to be influenced by others once in a while, but eventually you must break their mold to create your own art,” he said. “And this ties in nicely to the theme of this exhibition – ‘Transitions’.”
This annual exhibit was named in honor of Jack Parfitt, a former NHAA Board member, who was active in his community as well as being an adventurer and expert photographer. He spent his last 12 years traveling extensively to Russia, China, Afghanistan, Morocco, Iceland and Africa and was granted unheard of permission to photograph the Great Wall of China.
First prize is $700 cash, sponsored by Charles Schwab; second prize is $500 cash, also sponsored by Charles Schwab; and third prize is a $250 gift certificate to Image Arts. There will also be a Lotte Jacobi Award presented with a $250 cash prize sponsored by Gary Samson, a fine art photographer and New Hampshire’s seventh Artist Laureate and Professor Emeritus of Photography at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
Jacobi is widely considered to be one of premiere photographers of the 20th century photographing an impressive array of intellectuals, cultural figures and celebrities such as Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Frost, J.D. Salinger and Paul Robeson. Due to her support, photography was accepted at NHAA as a fine art.
NHAA is following the city of Portsmouth's guidelines that masks are not required for those who have been vaccinated, however if visitors are more comfortable setting up a time to view the exhibit by appointment outside of gallery hours, they can call 603-431-4230 to set up a time.
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42nd annual Jack Parfitt juried photography exhibit and sale
Where: New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State Street, Portsmouth
When: Aug. 4 through Aug. 29. The entire exhibit will also be online for viewing and purchasing at www.nhartassociation.org. There will be a reception and award ceremony on Friday, Aug. 6, at from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Levy Gallery.
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.: closed Mondays.