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Juried exhibit opens

Timber by Bridget Murphy Milligan.

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Timber by Bridget Murphy Milligan.

The second biennial international juried exhibition, WideOpen: Excellence in Photography, opened Friday, Oct. 2 at The Dairy Barn Arts Center. Produced by The Dairy Barn in partnership with the Ohio University School of Visual Communication, the exhibition celebrates all genres of photography.

This year’s biennial was juried by Ardine Nelson, Professor Emeritus of Art Photography at Ohio State University; Michael Rubenstien, Photographer and Sony Artisan; and Pete Souza, Professor Emeritus of Visual Communication at Ohio University and Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama. In the first fully virtual jury session The Dairy Barn has hosted, the three jurors met to select the outstanding exhibition.

WideOpen features 35 photographers, including five Athens County based photographers.

“While judging, I was looking for images that, no matter the form of photography, demonstrated beautiful composition, structure, and storytelling. Excellence was the yardstick all images were measured against and while Pete, Ardine and myself all had different ideas of what measured up, I believe that we chose a collection of images that speak to the goal of the WideOpen exhibition. We chose images from all types of photography that, in my opinion, were a step above the images we see in our everyday lives. Images that spoke to us.” said Michael Rubenstein in his juror’s statement regarding the exhibition.

Also opening this Friday at The Dairy Barn Art Center is Time Lines, a solo exhibition of local artist Marlene L’Abbe and Beyond the Surface by The Athens Photo Project.

The exhibitions are on view now-Nov. 29, from 12-5 p.m. with special happy hour on the patio every Thursday and Friday from 5-8 p.m. During happy hour, food and drink are available through The Neon Cow Bar. Admission is free for all thanks to The O’Bleness Foundation. WideOpen: Excellence in Photography is Sponsored by: SONY, White House Custom Colour, PhotoShelter, Ohio University School of Visual Communication, and The O’Bleness Foundation. Reservations are required by visiting dairybarn.org.

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