Artist Presentations

CENTER’s 2018 Award & Grant winners travel to Santa Fe as part of the award package to present their work at the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival. Additionally, the projects will be in the exhibition Full Circle: 2018 CENTER Award Winners, curated by Mary Anne Redding, at the Turchin Center for the Arts, December 7, 2018 – April 27,2019.

Celebrating 15 years of dynamic programming, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University engages visitors in creating unique experiences through active and accessible exhibition, education and outreach programs. These events inspire and support a lifelong engagement with the visual arts providing opportunities for participants to learn more about themselves and the world around them.

To learn more about the award winners, please join us to hear directly from the artists.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 12-4pm
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 11am-5pm
Drury Plaza Hotel, Lamy Room, 828 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM


Global T(w)eens
Curator’s Choice Award Third Place
Juror: Lisa Hostetler, George Eastman Museum
Presentation Time: Saturday, OCT 20, 4pm – 4:25p

From the Artist Statement: “The Global T(w)eens Project is an ongoing artistic investigation that portrays 11-14 year-olds across the globe. Observing the sensitivities of these subjects through posture, gesture, gaze, attitude and clothing I document this young layer of our society, between childhood and adolescence, from places that may seem different and distant from one another. By placing the individual subjects’ side-by-side, country to country, difficult to identify, it opens the work to a different, more universal interpretation and raises questions for me about individuality vs universality.”


Fathers and Sons
Producer’s Choice Award Third Place
Juror: Keith Jenkins, NPR
Presentation Time: Friday, OCT 19, 1pm – 1:25p

From the Artist Statement: “In many parts of our society views of fatherhood and manhood are shifting. A man’s role in his family and at work is being fundamentally reexamined and expanded. This creates new opportunities but also new responsibilities and anxieties. Often a development towards new tolerance also leads to a pushback on a private and political level. Meanwhile the way we as men are interacting with humankind is often deeply influenced by the father-son relationship.”


It’s Hard to Kill
Director’s Choice Award First Place
Juror: Naomi Cass, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Australia

From the Artist Statement: “My parents have only a few photos of themselves from before the Islamic Revolution in Iran. My obsession with these photos, and with the photos we do not have, led to this project. A few years after the Islamic revolution in Iran, my father burned a number of photos that referenced his membership in that specific political party. He, and others, burned these photos due to the immediate risk of arrest. The act of disappearing photos was highly emotional, even if not rational in our Age of Mechanical Reproduction; the fear and anxiety that the society experienced at that time was acute.”


No Man’s Land: Views From a Surveillance State
Director’s Choice Award Second Place
Juror: Naomi Cass, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Australia

From the Artist Statement: “I hack and tap into surveillance cameras, public webcams, and CCTV feeds in pursuit of the “classical” picturesque landscape and the sublime. These images interrogate how surveillance technology has changed our relationship to—and understanding of—landscape and place in the current geopolitical climate. The resulting visual product becomes dislocated from its automated origins and leads to an investigation of land, of borders, and power.”


To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender nonconforming Older Adults
Project Launch Honorable Mention
Juror: Sarah Hermanson Meister, The Museum of Modern Art

From the Artist Statement: “The featured individuals share a wide variety of life narratives spanning the last ninety years, offering an important historical record of transgender experience and activism in the United States. The resulting portraits and narratives offer a nuanced view into the struggles and joys of growing older as a transgender person and offer a poignant reflection on what it means to live authentically despite seemingly insurmountable odds.”


Azalea Trail Maids
Editor’s Choice Award First Place
Juror: Bridget Watson Payne, Chronicle Books

From the Artist Statement: “Each year in my hometown of Mobile, AL 50 high school girls are selected for the century-old court of Azalea Trail maids. Clad in signature antebellum dresses, these bright, modern young women appear at civic events in smiling silence, despite being selected on merit – a beautiful but troubling reflection of national conversations on gender and race today.”


Stories of Migration (Triptych)
Producer’s Choice Award Second Place
Juror: Keith Jenkins, NPR

From Lenscratch: “Hasbun’s expertise as an artist and as an educator focuses on issues of cultural identity and memory. Through an intergenerational, transnational and transcultural lens, Hasbun constructs contemporary narratives and establishes a space for dialogue where individual and collective memory spark new questions about identity and place.”


To Hunt a Moon
Curator’s Choice Award Second Place
Juror: Lisa Hostetler, George Eastman Museum

From the Artist Statement: “To Hunt a Moon explores a narrative of land ownership centered on the native peoples of the West, cattle ranches, the fledgling statehood of Colorado, and the new frontier opened up by the Apollo Moon missions. Summertime 1898, a group of 200 Ute Indians traveled from their reservation to their ancestral hunting grounds of western Colorado. To enforce the new state’s forestry laws protecting wildlife, the US Army was called in by the local game warden. The Ute hunting party conferred, and with the intimidating threat of US soldiers looming, the Ute acquiesced, and were escorted under armed guard back to their reservation. After almost 9,000 moons, this was probably the Ute’s last hunting party on their native lands.”


Producer’s Choice Award First Place
Juror: Keith Jenkins, NPR

From the Artist Statement: “Since Baja and Alta California were divided by the seizure of Mexican land by the United States military in 1848, a political boundary has jutted into the Pacific Ocean. Over the years, the border has been reinforced from a simple line to a fence to steel barrier. “Today’s border is increasingly technological, a mixture of walls, fences and devices both seen and unseen to dissuade would-be crossers. Cameras, both on the ground and in the sky on drones, are at the heart of it all.”


Left Behind
Editor’s Choice Award Third Place
Juror: Bridget Watson Payne, Chronicle Books

From the Artist Statement: “The town of Bodie, CA, an abandoned gold-rush town, heyday was during the latter part of the 19th century, but as the mining opportunities evaporated, the miners and other citizens had to abandon their life there… The recognition that these people, who lived such a hard-scrabble life in such a desolate place, were no different than human beings today, in that we all seek to surround ourselves and the corners of our lives with objects that are meant to give us support, comfort, ease and beauty in our daily lives.”


See You At Home
Project Development Grant Winner
Juror: Leslie Ureña, Smithsonian

From the Artist Statement: “See You At Home is an ongoing personal narrative exploring the latent sense of loss from one’s heritage while aging as an immigrant in a non-native culture. Although they left India for a better life, like many immigrants from the East, the shift from a collectivist nation to an individualistic one led to isolation just as much as it led to freedom. As they grow old in Pennsylvania with both my sister and I no longer living there, my parents’ isolation only becomes more apparent to me, despite their successes in pursuit of the American Dream.”


Hanging in the Balance, Portraits from the BAGLY Prom
Director’s Choice Award Third Place
Juror: Naomi Cass, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Australia

From the Artist Statement: “BAGLY provides a safe haven for youth who are often, even in these progressive times, outsiders in their own youth culture and who may not yet have a foothold in adult gay culture. The images in this body of work reveal the delicate balance between youth vulnerability versus defensive self-protection as these grow up facing intolerance of their developing identities. The yearly BAGLY Prom fills the hole left when these youth are not allowed to attend, or don’t feel a sense of belonging at the traditional youth proms in their own high schools.”


The Drake
Project Launch Grant Winner
Juror: Sarah Hermanson Meister, The Museum of Modern Art

From the Artist Statement: “The Drake Motel is located in an area ignored by developers, a microcosm of the disregarded or resentfully tolerated. Alcohol and drug addiction are prevalent among the residents. Prostitution, panhandling and day labor have become ways to support addiction. The Drake offers a means to delve deeply into a world both far removed from my own but also perilously close –– how my life might have looked had I not found the resources that led me to recovery. I hope the intimacy of the portraits engages the audience in such a way that they identify with those suffering. Rather than resentfully tolerate and disregard, they may feel the healing powers of empathy.”


Visions of Johanne – The aging Female Body
Editor’s Choice Award Second Place
Juror: Bridget Watson Payne, Chronicle Books

From the Artist Statement: “Historically, the aging female body has been marginalized in Western mainstream media. It is rarely seen, much less celebrated, and it remains virtually invisible to younger female generations. This exclusion not only maintains rigid ideas about beauty, ability, and health, but also disempowers and disengages women by stigmatizing a pivotal phase of life. Exposing and recording the physiological, psychological, and sociological experience of the aging woman by photographing my grandmother, Johanne, during the last 15 years of her life.”


Balancing Cultures
Curator’s Choice Award First Place
Juror: Lisa Hostetler, George Eastman Museum

From the Artist Statement: “Balancing Cultures evolved to prompt conversations about racism, hysteria and economic exploitation in America. I came to understand my family’s (and my own) shame and to believe that our culture’s inability to live with paradox resulted in perilous polarities.”


Project Launch Honorable Mention
Juror: Sarah Hermanson Meister, The Museum of Modern Art

From the Artist Statement: “Strategically, the plutocratic end times of a mock republic are saturated in eschatology, one that twists war, natural disaster, man-made catastrophe, pestilence and poverty into welcome equalizers. The pallor of a new gilded age, envisioned in our darkest instincts, forces an anomalous concoction of hallucinatory revelation – a land of paradox, where pictures will do.”