UNT Art Gallery exhibition shows photographs by emerging artists from around the world

The Disguise
The Disguise by Carolle Bénitah (Morocco/France) will be featured in the UNT Art Gallery exhibition Discoveries of the FotoFest Houston Meeting Place. From the series Photo Souvenirs, 2009, digital print on baryta paper embroidered and beaded, 16.5 x 23.6 inches. Courtesy of the artist and FotoFest, Inc., Houston, Texas.
Monday, August 25, 2014 - 14:28

What: Discoveries of the FotoFest Houston Meeting Place, an exhibition of photographs from emerging artists from around the world, based on works that have appeared in the portfolio review of the acclaimed Houston FotoFest Biennial. The exhibition is organized by FotoFest, Inc. Houston, Texas and originally presented at the at the FotoFest 2014 Biennial. It is being brought to UNT as part of the Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series.

When: Sept. 11 (Thursday) to Oct. 18 (Saturday); Gallery hours are: noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday

Where: UNT Art Gallery, 1201 W. Mulberry St., Denton

Cost: Free

What else: On Sept. 23, there will be a 12:30 p.m. gallery talk by Natasha Egan, executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College in Chicago. Egan is one of the 10 curators for this show. The talk will be followed by a reception at 1 p.m.

More information: Visit the UNT Art Gallery website at http://gallery.unt.edu/ for more information on the gallery, this exhibition and upcoming exhibitions. More information on Fine Arts Series 2014-15 season of events can be found on the group's Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/UNTFineArtsSeries.

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Ten curators from the Houston FotoFest Biennial chose works from 10 international artists that will be displayed as part of a traveling exhibition, Discoveries of the Meeting Place, at UNT Art Gallery Sept. 11 (Thursday) to Oct. 18 (Saturday).

The exhibition features photographs by emerging artists from around the world, who have participated in the Meeting Place Portfolio Review of the acclaimed Houston FotoFest Biennial.

"This exhibition gives us the opportunity to introduce students to the FotoFest Biennial and to photography works by artists from around the world," said Director of UNT Art Galleries Tracee Robertson. "The diverse imagery in these works illustrates the breadth of the medium in the hands of diverse artists, and yet the images communicate a similar aesthetic and vibe that are very much of our time."

The works that will be on display are by artists Mariette Pathy Allen (US), Carolle Bénitah (Morocco/France), Martin Bogren (Sweden), Calé (Rio de Janeiro), José Guerrero (Mexico), Jun Itoi (Japan), Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman (US), Laís Pontes (Brazil/US), Jana Romanova (Russia) and Mariela Sancari (Argentina/Mexico).

Media: Bios and artists statements for the artists are attached.

Participating curators were Natasha Egan, Jens Friis, Ellen Harris, Michael Itkoff, Julie Kinzelman, Dewi Lewis, Arianna Rinaldo, Lisa Sutcliffe, Juan Travnik, and Joanne Junga Yang. Original sponsors were The Cullen Foundation; The Brown Foundation Inc.; Houston Endowment, Inc.; National Endowment for the Arts; City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; The Wortham Foundation; Texas Commission on the Arts; Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; and FotoFest Board of Directors.

This is the ninth Discoveries of the FotoFest Houston Meeting Place exhibition. Like the Meeting Place itself, the exhibitions often travel beyond Houston and have been a launching pad for many photographic careers.

On Sept. 23, there will be a 12:30 p.m. gallery talk by Natasha Egan, executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College in Chicago. Egan is one of the 10 curators for this show. She has organized numerous national and international exhibitions and contributed essays to multiple publications and magazines. Egan also teaches photography at Columbia. She holds a master's in museum studies, a master of fine arts in fine art photography and a bachelor's in Asian studies.

Egan's talk will be followed by a reception at 1 p.m.

Discoveries of the FotoFest Houston Meeting Place comes to UNT as part of the Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series. The 2014-15 exhibitions at the College of Visual Arts and Design are sponsored by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and by the CVAD Visiting Artist and Scholar Series.

The exhibition is on display free of charge at the UNT Art Gallery, 1201 W. Mulberry, Denton. Gallery hours are: noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Visit the UNT Art Gallery website at http://gallery.unt.edu/ for more information on the gallery, this exhibition and upcoming exhibitions.

About the Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series

The Fine Arts Series began as the Lyceum Series in 1903 when UNT was North Texas Normal College. The series has grown over the past century while never losing sight of its purpose to enrich UNT students' lives and provide a higher quality of life at the university. Now in its 109th season, the series continues to entertain and educate the campus community by presenting an exciting series of performing, visual and literary arts events. All Fine Arts Series performances are presented free of charge to UNT students. More information on Fine Arts Series 2014-15 season of events can be found on the group's Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/UNTFineArtsSeries.

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