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Open Water

Open Water May 1 - June 1, 2013


Water has a long history as subject matter for artists. It is revered for its beauty as well as respected and feared for its unpredictable nature. Water carves our landscapes, making rivers and streams. It provides sustenance, recreation, and transport. Whether contained in swimming pools, bathtubs, or fountains, or freely flowing waterfalls, currents, and tides, The Kiernan Gallery seeks images of literal and metaphoric interpretations for Open Water. 

Juror's Statement:


Water inspires. Water symbolizes life and mystery, hope and truth - maybe even magic. It can be willful or calm. Whether in awe of its power and strength or overwhelmed by a vast expanse of still beauty, open water draws artists of all mediums to create. In the exhibition Open Water, my aim was to select images that have a depth of feeling and power – whether bold or subtle. The theme allowed a wide variety of imagery, but the inspiration felt unified. Thank you to the Kiernan Gallery for allowing me the opportunity to be moved.


About the Juror:

Jennifer Schwartz is the owner of Jennifer Schwartz Gallery and the creator and curator of the online project, The Ten. This Spring she will be driving around the country in a 1977 VW bus (affectionately named Lady Blue) bringing art to the people as part of her ongoing arts engagement project, the Crusade for Collecting.

Jennifer Schwartz co-founded the Fraction Retreats program, and she regularly participates in portfolio reviews such as PhotoNOLA, PhotoLucida, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, FotoFest and others.  She was invited as a curator to the Lishui Photo Festival in Lishui, China in 2011, and travels around the country giving talks, guest-lecturing at universities, leading workshops and hosting photographic retreats. 

Jennifer Schwartz is originally from Richmond, Virginia, and has her BA from Colgate University and her MA from Georgia State University.  The owner of a successful commercial photography business for ten years, she opened her gallery in 2009 to give Atlanta’s thriving photography community a venue to showcase the work of emerging photographers.

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