Various short updates
I was delighted to participate in the 2015 Filter Photo Festival in Chicago this fall.
I was co-chair of the recent 2015 SPE-NE conference, "Advocacy: Photography's Role in Affecting Change," held in Boston and hosted by the PRC, and co-juror of the associated thematic exhibition. More info about the symposium can be found here, including the schedule and speakers, and the show, "Evidence + Advocacy," here.
I was excited to be the next "RefridgeCurator" for Yorgos Efthymiadis's fun project, The Curated Fridge. See the selected images and photographers here. Read more about this terrific idea in Don't Take Pictures.
The Fortieth Parallel featured in two published essays
Kelly Dennis's "Eclipsing Aestheticism: Western Landscape Photography After Ansel Adams," was published in the online journal Miranda, "Expressions of Environment in Euroamerican Culture / Antique Bodies in Nineteenth Century British Literature and Culture", Issue 11, 2015.
Kate Palmer Albers's essay, "Accessing the Landscape: Photography, Technology, and Place Today," was published in Broken: Environmental Photography, Photography at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, Hasselblad Foundation, and Art and Theory Publishing, Stockholm, Sweden. A preview of the book can be found at Photo-Eye Books.
The Washington Elm update
I continue to photograph my newest project, "The Washington Elm," which focuses on the Washington Elm on Cambridge Common; later portions will include other Washington Elm scions, or clones, from around the country and related elm history. You can read more about the series here and preview some images here.
Fidelity Investments acquired a number of pieces from "The Fortieth Parallel." It is an honor to be included in this prestigious corporate collection and I'd like to thank Diana Gaston for her support.
Cambridge Historical Society Exhibition
Photographs from my new project "The Washington Elm" were shown, along with artifacts made from the Elm and related images and ephemera, at the Cambridge Historical Society from October 28, 2014 to January 2015. This project is supported by a 2014 Cambridge Arts Council grant and is the beginning of a larger body of work entitled "The Fate of the Elms." More information on the CHS exhibition, which is supported by the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, and the two receptions can be found here.
The Fortieth Parallel: East of the Mississippi River shown at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia
This past fall 2014, a selection of work from "The Fortieth Parallel" -- 18 photographs made East of the Mississippi River -- will be featured at the University of the Arts' Gallery 1401 in Philadelphia. I was excited to showcase almost half of my larger series in this historic city, including 5 images from Pennsylvania. The exhibition ran September 24 - October 26, 2014, with an artist's reception on October 2nd, 4-7 pm.
Society of Photographic Education inaugural exhibition
This past summer 2014, I was a part of a group of photographers invited to show in the first exhibition at the Society of Photographic Education National Office in Cleveland. OFF THE WEB, ON THE WALL (June 20 - August 8, 2014) featured the work of 10 SPE national and international members as curated from their online gallery, my two images from my series was "Fort Juniper" were featured.
Magenta's Flash Forward Festival - [Photo]gogues: New England (Part 2)
I was honored to be one of a dozen educators to showcase work as a part of the 2014 Flash Forward Festival and sponsored by Canada's Magenta Foundation at Lafayette City Center in downtown Boston (May 1 - July 2014). [Photo]gogues: New England (Part 2) was a sampling of faculty members from the region selected by Paula Tognarelli and Frances Jakubek of the Griffin Museum of Photography.
PERSONAL TERRAIN: Contemporary Mapping
This past spring 2014, I was delighted to have "The Fortieth Parallel" included in a multi-media, group exhibition about place, Personal Terrain: Contemporary Mapping, curated by Ilana Manolson at the Concord Art Association (April 16 - May 18, 2014). Click here for more information and an online gallery.
Recipient of Cambridge Arts Council 2014 Grant
I am pleased to announce that my new project "The Washington Elm" has received 2014 funding from the Cambridge Arts Council! The project is the start of a larger body of work looking at the how the Elm tree has played an important role in the history of the United States. For this portion I will be photographing the Washington Elm on Cambridge Common as well as its scions around the city. I will be working closely with the Cambridge Historical Society to present the photographs along with artifacts and ephemera in their collection about the Tree in the fall of 2014.
Featured on The Editorial and Huffington Post
Over the winter, I sat down with Heidi Legg from The Editiorial and talked about life and my projects. Check out the interview here. Heidi also writes on the Huffington Post, Arts and Culture Blog, she wrote a teaser to the interview here.
The Fortieth Parallel at Gallery Kayafas
Bruce Myren: The Fortieth Parallel
September 9 – October 12, 2013
Opening Reception September 6, 6 – 8 PM
Gallery Kayafas is pleased to present The Fortieth Parallel. The Fortieth Parallel is a panoramic examination of precise yet arbitrary places found along this important parallel of latitude across the American landscape. Myren, using his GPS and 8x10” camera has photographed at each intersection of longitude and latitude beginning on the East Coast at Normandy Beach in New Jersey and ending on the West Coast at Shelter Cover, California. Once at the location, Myren allows himself nine square feet to make a triptych of three separate images. We are excited to be showing the project in its entirety. Each of the 52 images will measure 8x30” and encircle the gallery moving West to East.
Reviewed in the Boston Globe, Sept. 25 by Cate McQuaid
Big Red & Shiny Feature Video & Article
The July issue of Boston's online art journal Big Red & Shiny features a video interview with yours truly and an essay about The Fortieth Parallel. Shane Godfrey, Meg Elkinton, and Sarah Pollman did a great job capturing the essence of the project. To see the video and article click here.
Review Santa Fe
I am honored to be selected as one of 100 photographers to participate in Review Santa Fe. I will be featuring the completed Fortieth Parallel project, along with a selection of prints from Fort Juniper.
From Center's website:
Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico, Review Santa Fe is the premier juried portfolio review event in the world. Designed to facilitate relationships between photographers and leading industry professionals looking for new work.
Up to 100 photographers are selected to meet with some of today’s most relevant and esteemed curators, editors, publishers, gallerists and others interested in discussing photography and offering professional development advice and opportunities.
The three-day event offers participants a minimum of nine portfolio reviews, inclusion in the Review Santa Fe 100 online resource, an opening reception at the Center for Contemporary Art, a closing reception at the IHM Retreat Center, as well as an educational photographic seminar that comes together to create a vibrant and inspiring weekend to nourish the photographic community.
This spring, together with Greer Muldowney, I will serve as a juror for an exhibition of undergraduate photography as a part of Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward Festival in Boston. More information about "Undergraduate Photography Now" is here. This past summer, I was a juror for the Joan Johnson Scholarship Exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography.
Featured in PDNedu's Spring 2013 issue
Published 3 times, PDNedu is distributed to university, college, and high school photography programs around the country. I am thrilled to have a 6 page spread in the "One to Watch" section. The online version can be found here.
Completed: The Fortieth Parallel
In December of 2012, I finished photographing all 50 points along the 40th parallel of latitude, thus completing an epic project that I began in 1998. I am currently scanning and getting all of the images reading for printing. Gallery Kayafas will feature entire series opening September 6, and running through October 12, 2013. This would not have been possible without my successful Kickstarter campaign and my many supporters over the years. A complete list of supporters can be found here. The new photographs are on the website here.
The Fortieth Parallel gets press! This fall, the project was featured on many websites and blogs, including PetaPixel, the Huffington Post, Fast Company Design, Slate and Slate France, to name a few. It has been so much fun watching the visits on my website go up. With additional posts from Spain to Australia, there have been unique visitors from more than 93 different countries!
This spring, I am teaching an advanced project-based course in digital photography at Northeastern University.
This past fall, the piece "The View Home" was featured in Visual Texts at Wellesley College's Jewett Art Center and work from "Fort Juniper" was on display at the AIB Photography Faculty Exhibition at The AIB Gallery at University Hall, Lesley University.
On the Weekend of December 1 + 2, Vernon Street Studios will be holding their Fall Open Studio event, from 10 am to 6 pm both days. I will be open and showing some Fort Juniper pictures, and small slide show of pictures from my trip out west this past summer on the Fortieth Parallel. My studio is in 6 Vernon Street, 2nd Floor, #9, come visit!
This fall 2012, I will be teaching Advanced Black and White Printing-Darkroom, Advanced Printing-Digital, and Color Digital at the Art Institute of Boston as well as a section of Large Format/View Camera again at the Rhode Island School of Design. This past spring, I taught Photo I at Amherst College and a section of Large Format at the AIB.
As a result of my successful Kickstarter campaign, I traveled across the country for a month this summer and finished all of the pictures west of the Mississippi for "The Fortieth Parallel." I am now only 7 images away from completing the full series of 50 photographs and will visit Indiana and Illinois this January.
Public Programs and Education
As a part of Magenta Foundation's Fast Forward Festival in Boston in June, I participated in a panel, "Critique and the Creative Process – Photography In and Out of the Academy." I was also honored to be a juror for the Joan Johnson Scholarship, hosted by the Griffin Museum of Photography.
SPE and Traveling
In March 2012, I attended the SPE National Conference in San Francisco, Intimacy and Voyeurism: The Public / Private Divide in Photography. While in California, I traveled north and made several new pictures for "The Fortieth Parallel."
Mass Art Alumni Show
I was honored to be included in the 2011 Alumni Exhibition, Flourish: Alumni Works on Paper in MassArt’s Bakalar & Paine Galleries from June 6 - July 9, 2011. I had two images from my series "Fort Juniper" on display with 63 other MassArt Alumni.
Visiting Artist and Guest Lecturer, Kansas
In April, I will be a visiting artist and give a lecture as well as student critiques at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. While there (and in Nebraska, see below), I aim to photograph 6 new locations for "The Fortieth Parallel."
Exhibition in Lincoln, Nebraska
Review in Afterimage
Robert Moeller reviewed my solo exhibition at Gallery Kayafas. It is in the January/February issue of this national publication. You can preview part of the review by clicking here...then scroll down to Exhibition Reviews, go to the 3rd one "Peg and Rope Geometry," and click on the plus (+) next to the reviewer's name.
Exhibition at Gallery Kayafas
My solo exhibition Selections from the Fortieth Parallel: Missouri, Kansas and Colorado is on display October 22 through November 27 at Gallery Kayafas, 37 Thayer Street @ 450 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA. For more info visit Gallery Kayafas.
SPE Northeast Regional Conference
I am the conference chair of the 2010 SPE Northeast Regional Conference at the Rhode Island School of Design. This year's conference will be held November 5-7 and the theme is "The Experiential in Photography," with artist Spencer Finch as the keynote speaker. For more information about the conference, click here.
SPE National Conference and Regional Chair
In March 2010, I attended the Society for Photographic Education's national conference where I was voted Northeast Regional Chair. This fall, we are organizing a Regional Conference at RISD.
RSVP: Arbor, Michael Mazzeo Gallery
In 2009, I was invited to participate in Michael Mazzeo's first online gallery, RSVP, titled Arbor. You can view a work from "The Fortieth Parallel" along with 53 others (my image is number 50 in the slideshow). Click here to view it.
Photography Book Now, Blurb
I entered Blurb's 2009 photobook competition by creating a book version of "The View Home." You can purchase my book by clicking here.
In May 2009, I graduated with my MFA at UConn. I started teaching fulltime at the New England Institute of Art (NEIA) in fall 2009.
Landscape and Memory
September through November 2009 some of the photographs from "The Fortieth Parallel" will be included in a group show called Landscape and Memory, at The Gallery Project in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is the second time that Catherine Meier has invited me to participate in one of her curated exhibitions.
Houston Center for Photography’s
27th Anniversary Membership Exhibition
2009's exhibition was juried by Katherine Ware, Curator of Photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. I am honored to have three images from my series Fort Juniper selected along with 25 other artists.
Gallery 303, Solo Exhibition
In Summer 2009, I showed two bodies of work (selections from "Fort Juniper" and "Markers: Memory") at NEIA’s Gallery in a show titled Locations: Recent Work by Bruce Myren. The show will encompass multiple floors and run July 1st - September 8th.
Jones Library, Amherst, MA
As a result of my "Fort Juniper" work, I was invited to show work in the special collections section of the Jones Library. This showing, during summer 2009, was coupled with a reading of Robert Francis’s poems. The showcase is a part of Amherst, MA’s 350th anniversary celebration.
TeachingPhoto.com is a Web site for and by photography teachers. It is published by Henry Horenstein (RISD), author of Black & White Photography, Beyond Basic Photography, Color Photography, and coauthor (with Russell Hart) of Photography, as well as monographs CREATURES, ANIMALIA, AQUATICS, HONKY TONK, CLOSE RELATIONS, CANINE, and RACNG DAYS.
College Art Association and Society of Photographic Education
I attended CAA in 2008 and SPE in 2009. At CAA, I spoke on an ARTspace panel on my involvement with the exhibition Landscape: Fact and Fiction shown at the William Benton Museum of Art in the winter of 2006. Participants included Judith Thorpe, Thomas Bruhn, Janet Pritchard, and Kelly Dennis -- all of the University of Connecticut, Storrs. I spoke at the Society of Photographic Education’s National Conference in Dallas, TX in the graduate student track.
In October 2007, I was a visiting artist at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska. Best of all, Omaha is about an hour away from the 40th parallel (roughly the border of Kansas and Nebraska) and I was able to visit 4 new points as well as the Sixth Principal Meridian.
View Camera magazine, July/August 2007
Four of my panoramas were highlighted in 2 color, fold out spreads in the summer issue.
Art in Embassies Program
My image of the Sumner monument in Harvard Square was been accepted into the Art in Embassies Program. It was featured in the residence of the new ambassador to Cameroon from 2007 to 2010.
Groundtruthing, curated by Vaughn Bell
August, 2 – 26, 2007 Soil Gallery, Seattle, WA
Artists included Margot Anne Kelley, Bruce Myren, Tara Rodgers, Thom Heileson, Vaughn Bell, Sarah Kavage, and Nicole Kistler. From the website: "Groundtruthing brings us artists from across the country, each with a different approach to the idea of going “on location.” With current mapping technology such as GIS, remote sensing, and GPS devices we can know the surface of the earth with more detail and specificity then ever. The artists in this exhibition access mapping technologies and data as a resource in examining geography as a personal and social phenomenon. Using media including photography, video, sound, and performance, these artists explore the significance of topography. The work gives us an experience of both the journey and the destination, and develops new narratives of how we relate to the places we visit, inhabit and explore."
Landscape: Fact and Fiction, curated by Janet Pritchard
William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut at Storrs
January 17 – March 3, 2007
Artists included Deborah Bright, Linda Connor, Robert Dawson, Frank Gohlke, Emmet Gowin, Betty Hahn, Mark Klett, Bruce Myren, John Pfahl, Mark Ruwedel, and Alec Soth.
I was selected as one of 150 finalists to participate in Critical Mass 2006, an annual juried competition. I attended the Photolucida portfolio reviews in 2007.
All photographs on this site are copyright the artist. The works are archival ink jet prints made by scanning film. Prints are for sale and inquires can be made by contacting Arlette Kayafas at Gallery Kayafas.
©Bruce Myren 2014