Exposure: Annual Juried Exhibition

EXPOSURE: The 20th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition
April 28 − June 26, 2016
Opening, in conjunction with Flash Forward Festival Boston, Thursday, May 5th, 5-8pm
Jurors: Anita Douthat, John Jacob, Leslie K. Brown, George Slade, and Francine Weiss

The PRC was pleased to present a special version of EXPOSURE -- honoring its 20th annual iteration and our 40th anniversary. Our jury of five past PRC curators and directors represented close to 30 years of our exhibition history and the submissions were impressive. From 246 entries, the jury selected 13 photographers for exhibition, listed below. This exciting edition of EXPOSURE commemorated our past, showcased the present, and celebrated the future. Selected artists show several works each in PRC Juried Shows, making for an in-depth exploration of their series and an enriching experience for audiences.

Leah Miriam Cooper (Quincy, MA)
Marcus DeSieno (North Port, FL)
Thea Dodds (Rumney, NH)
Tsar Fedorsky (Gloucester, MA)
Michael Joseph (Boston, MA)
Sarah Malakoff (Roslindale, MA)
Toni Pepe (Malden, MA)
Astrid Reischwitz (Bedford, MA)
Lissa Rivera (Brooklyn, NY)
Jonathan Sharlin (Providence, RI)
John Steck, Jr. (Chicago, IL)
Larry Volk (Arlington, MA)
Terri Warpinski (Eugene, OR)

THANK YOU to everyone who entered and congrats to those selected! This year, we were thrilled to present the opening celebration, May 5th, as a part of the Flash Forward Festival Boston festivities − and many of the artists and jurors were in attendance.

In honor of the #PRCJuriedShow, we asked 16 past EXPOSURE alums to take over our Instagram account for 16 weeks! Thanks to everyone, including Sarah Pollman for organizing the "take overs." FOLLOW US AND CATCH UP >>> instagram.com/prcboston!

View photos and read more about our past juried exhibitions:

EXPOSURE 2015 >>
EXPOSURE 2013 >>
EXPOSURE 2012 >>
EXPOSURE 2011 >>
EXPOSURE 2009 >>
EXPOSURE 2008 >>
EXPOSURE 2007 >>
EXPOSURE 2006 >>
EXPOSURE 2002 >>

We are including this year's Call information below for future reference.


The PRC invites entries for EXPOSURE: The 20th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition and seeks a broad range work, including both traditional and non-traditional approaches to photography. Since its inception in 1996, over 300 photographers have shown in the PRC Juried Exhibitions—including an array of established photographers and those cited as “ones to watch.”Each year, a respected member of the photographic community—from curators to gallerists to photo editors—is asked to select 10 to 15 artists. The curator then selects between two and five pieces per person, thus offering artists the opportunity to showcase a series at a deeper level and making for an enriching experience for audiences as well.

Current PRC Individual or Institutional Membership required (valid through July 31, 2016). Renew or join at our website: www.prcboston.org/individual.htm.

Entry Fee:

Submission: Photographers may submit up to ten (10) images from a cohesive, exhibition-ready body of work, artist statement, and resume. 

Deadline: February 7, 2016 (before 11:59pm)

Method and More Details:
This year we are using CaFÉ, a popular and easy-to-use online application system. You will need to sign up for a free account from the CaFÉ homepage (if you applied to the MCC fellowship this year or any other call that uses this system, you already have an account). More information and instructions are contained in the call and forms; please read over those and the legal agreement carefully.

Here is the direct link to the submission page: https://callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=3203



exposure2016Lissa Rivera (Brooklyn, NY), Motel, 2015, from the series "Beautiful Boy," Archival inkjet print, 20 x 24 inches, courtesy of the artist


PRESS: You can read the review in the Boston Globe (small correction: the show typically has 10-15 artists, not 5-6) here and Elin Spring's review on her blog here.
See pictures of the opening and the installation in our Flickr album here and explore selected images via Flash Forward Festival's albums of events, including our celebration, here.

(see full bios below)

2015-2016 is a very special time for the PRC: the juried show iteration marked the 20th annual version of this renowned, national opportunity and built on the 30th anniversary of our gallery space, celebrated this past fall, and the 40th anniversary of the PRC itself in 2016. Typically, EXPOSURE is juried by one juror, but to honor these milestones, we aimed for a chorus of voices and assembled a stellar slate. Thus, we asked former Curators and Directors of Exhibitions at the PRC -- each with impressive current experiences and positions -- to collectively jury this year's exhibition.

EXPOSURE 2016 is dedicated to the memory of Daniel P. Younger (d. 2016, past Librarian, Editor of "VIEWS: The Journal of Photography in New England," Director of Publications, and co-administrator of the PRC's Logan Grants for essays in photography) and Robert Seydel (d. 2011, past PRC Managing Editor of VIEWS, Director of Programs, and Curator, 1992-97); and the Spring 2016 exhibition season is dedicated to past PRC board president and supporter Cathy England (d. 2015). On the occasion of this 20/40 version of the juried exhibition, the PRC also extends special recognition to Vincent Marasa, PRC contract exhibition installer (1997 to the present).

EXPOSURE 2016 is sponsored in part by the Hegner Family Foundation.

Anita Douthat (PRC Director of Exhibitions, then Curator, 1985 - 1992), now Associate Director, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

John P. Jacob
(PRC Director of Exhibitions, then Executive Director, 1992 - 2000), now McEvoy Family Curator for Photography at Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Leslie K. Brown
(PRC Curator, 2001 - 2009), now independent curator, educator, and PhD candidate, Boston University, Cambridge, MA

George Slade (PRC Curator, Program Coordinator, and Loupe Editor, 2010 - 2011), now Founder, Executive Director TC Photo and Principal, re:photographica, Minneapolis, MN

Francine Weiss (PRC Curator and Loupe Editor, 2012-2014), now independent curator, Collection Manager at Fitchburg Art Museum, Visiting Critic and Faculty, New Hampshire Institute of Art's low-residency MFA Photography Program, and Instructor, Boston University, Boston, MA


Anita Douthat is currently Associate Director of Carl Solway Gallery and was the first Curator of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University from 1985-92. Douthat received a BS from the Institute of Design, Chicago and an MFA from the University of New Mexico. Douthat's photograms are widely exhibited and included in numerous collections such as the Cincinnati Art Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Columbus Museum of Art; and the University of New Mexico Art Museum. Her solo exhibition "Under the Sun" was on view in 2014 at the Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati. In 2010, her work was included in "Wedded Perfection" at the Cincinnati Art Museum and in 2007, she had a solo show at the Indianapolis Art Center. In 2006, 2003 and 2000, respectively, her photograms were featured in two-person exhibitions with Cal Kowal at the Ross Art Museum, Ohio Wesleyan University; Weston Art Gallery; and the Cincinnati Art Museum. Douthat has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Kentucky Foundation for Women. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she currently resides in Alexandria, Kentucky.

John Jacob is McEvoy Family Curator for Photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. From 2011 to 2015, he served as Director of the Legacy Program for the Magnum Foundation, and from 2003 to 2015 he was Director of the Inge Morath Foundation, both in New York City. He was Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University from 1993 to 2000, and Director of Exhibitions before that as well as a previous contributor to the PRC's former journal VIEWS: A New England Journal of Photography, a guest curator, and a juror for its grant sponsorship program. Recent exhibitions include Man Ray: Unconcerned But Not Indifferent (2007; co-curator with Noriko Fuku),  Inge Morath: First Color (2009), and Erich Hartmann: New York Stories, 1946–1957 (2012). Recent publications include Ernst Haas: On Set (Steidl, 2015) and Kodak Girl: The Martha Cooper Collection (Steidl, 2011); Inge Morath: On Style (Abrams, 2016) is forthcoming. Jacob began his career as an artist, working with reproductive media including photography, rubber-stamps, mail art, and artist's books.

Leslie K. Brown is an independent curator, scholar, and educator pursuing her PhD in photohistory at Boston University. A former curator at the Photographic Resource Center from 2001-09, Brown holds an MA from the University of Texas at Austin. She has also worked at the Cheekwood Museum of Art, Austin Museum of Art, and guest curated exhibitions for the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward Festival. Her other projects include essays for Sandi Haber Fifield's Between Planting and Picking (2011), the Davis Museum's exhibition catalog A Generous Medium: Photography at Wellesley 1972-2012(2012), and self-published ventures by John Chervinsky (2013) and Carol Golemboski (2013). Brown has taught at BU, Lesley College of Art and Design, RISD, and Wellesley College. A speaker at CAA and SPE, among others, she has also served as an guest juror and reviewer for exhibitions and programs, awards and fellowships, and portfolio review events, such as Fotofest, Photolucida, and Critical Mass. Brown is a native of Rochester, NY and the product of a Kodak family.

George Slade was the curator and programs manager at Photographic Resource Center in 2010 and 2011. In addition to his organized exhibitions, Slade led the editorial revision of the PRC's magazine, Loupe; revival of NEO's monthly online portfolios; creation of the "Nights"; and the reorganization of the Aaron Siskind Library. He now lives in Minnesota, where he is the founder and executive director of the non-profit TC Photo. Prior to his arrival in Boston, George held leadership positions at the Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the McKnight Foundation Photography Fellowships Program. Holding a BA in American Studies from Yale University, he earned his MA in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University in 2014. Slade continues to write extensively on photography, including regular contributions to Black & White magazine and photo-eye books online. He is also something of an Instagram addict; you may find him there @rephotographica.

Francine Weiss has been curating, teaching, and writing about photography for over fifteen years. As the most recent Curator of the Photographic Resource Center (2012-14), she wrote essays for the Loupe journal and curated and organized exhibitions on alternative processes, portraiture and identity, and color photography. Prior to the PRC, she organized and researched exhibitions at the Smithsonian's National Gallery of Art, Harvard University Art Museums, and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Weiss has published extensively about art and has taught at Wellesley and Simmons colleges. She received her PhD in American Studies in photographic history from Boston University and now teaches in the MFA in photography program at New Hampshire Institute of Art and for the art history department at BU; Weiss is also the Collection Manager at Fitchburg Art Museum.