Aline Smithson - Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography

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Aline Smithson - Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography

Aline Smithson

Self & Others:
Portrait as Autobiography

Opening reception:
Thursday, February 2, 2017, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Artist reception:
Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
during Scottsdale's ArtWalk

The artist will be present for conversation

exhibition will remain on view until Saturday, February 25, 2017

Aline Smithson's Biography

After a career as a New York Fashion Editor and working alongside the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson discovered the family Rolleiflex and never looked back. An artist now represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and published throughout the world, Aline continues to create her award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera.

She has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Center of Fine Art Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Lishui Festival in China, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris, and the Wallspace Gallery in Seattle and Santa Barbara. In addition, her work is held in a number of museum collections. Her photographs have been featured in publications including The New Yorker, PDN (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Fraction, Artworks, Lenswork Extended, Shots, Pozytyw, Incandescant, Square and Silvershotz magazines, amongst others.

In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community. She also was presented with the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER. In 2014, Aline’s photographs were selected for the Critical Mass Top 50, the PDN Photo Annual, and Review Santa Fe. In 2015, she was awarded First Place Portraiture in the 7th Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards for Women Photographers and again received the Julia Margaret Cameron Award in the 8th Edition.

Aline has curated and jurored exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and on-line Aline founded and writes the blogzine, Lenscratch, that celebrates a different contemporary photographer each day and offers opportunity for exhibition. She has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, a contributing writer for Diffusion, Don’t Take Pictures, Lucida, and F Stop Magazines, has written book reviews for photoeye, and has provided the forwards for artist’s books by Tom Chambers, Flash Forward 12, Robert Rutoed, Nancy Baron, Meg Griffiths, amongst others.

Aline has curated and jurored exhibitions for a number of galleries, organizations, and online magazines. She was an overall juror in 2012 for Review Santa Fe, a juror for Critical Mass from 2009-2016, a juror and curator for Flash Forward, and is a reviewer at many photo festivals across the United States. Aline is also a founding member of the Six Shooters collective. In the Fall of 2015, the Magenta Foundation released a retrospective monograph of Aline’s photographs. She lives and works in Los Angeles and considers her children her greatest achievement.

We are pleased to exhibit works by Shootapalooza in conjunction with Aline Smithson's solo show. Shootapalooza will present 5" x 5" images (Metal Prints floated on the wall) in a 5-ft. x 6-ft. grid format like a large mosaic.

Theme: What is Nature? - The essential character of our physical universe - What are the qualities inherent in living or non-living objects on land, in the sky, and waters that allow an artist to see and sense more clearly a deeper meaning of the subject within it? What is nature if not a means of greater awareness through our five senses and our responses to them? This theme is not so much about the content of an experience of what, when and where, but of the quality of the experience that carries a deeper perception. What is it about the mountains or rivers that enliven our spirit? How is it that exposure to weather and natural phenomenon, closely observed, elicits a sixth sense, a primordial relationship or unexpected memories?

Some of the artists will be available for conversation on Thursday, February 23, from 7 to 9 pm.

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Thursday evening art walk 7:00-9:00 pm
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