Photo Op

Photograph by David Hartwell
Photograph by Hoa Le

Photo Op

Opening Reception:
Friday, January 18, 2013; 6pm–8:30pm

Exhibition Dates:
January 18–March 17, 2013

The St. Louis Artists’ Guild presents Photo Op, a juried group exhibition of photography
(digital or analog) and artwork incorporating photographic imagery. Juror Daniel Farnum (Professor of Photography, University of Missouri at Columbia) selected 65 pieces by 42 different artists. The work in Photo Op covers a wide range of styles and content, including staged or constructed tableaus, digitally manipulated imagery, and straightforward photography.

Curatorial Statement

I once had a teacher who told me that photographic craft was only a window into an idea. This has stuck with me until this day. Craft is important, but cannot be the sole function of Art. It was also pointed out in Victor Burgin’s article called Looking at Photographs that the average viewing time of a piece of Art is a mere 10 seconds. I’ll reiterate that 10 seconds is an average so the time someone devotes to an individual piece could be much shorter. Who can blame them…we are all surrounded by pictures at any given moment in our daily lives. The goal of all successful image-makers though should be to challenge impatience of viewers and to captivate people for long enough to look
beyond the surface of the two dimensional piece of paper.

The artists I chose for the Photo Op exhibition vastly range in style, idea, and approach.
Photography as a medium is at a point where both new technologies and traditional processes exist as legitimate options. The unifying factor is that I selected pieces that were challenging, complicated, and illustrated a unique vision. The gallery holds contemporary, timeless, and surprising perspectives all in one space. Photo Op is a reminder of how diverse and exciting this medium can be.

— Daniel Farnum

Featured Artists

Muhammad Alhawagri* (St. Louis, MO)
Richard Atwood (Collinsville, IL)
Laura Bailey* (St. Louis, MO)
Andrew Bievenue (Belleville, IL)
Susan Bolhafner * (St. Louis, MO)
Douglas Boehm (Chicago, IL)
Sarah Bulock (Edwardsville, IL)
Maria Cooper* (Collinsville, IL)
Debbie Corson* (St. Louis, MO)
Lizzy Cross (Palo Alto, CA)
Michael Daft (St. Louis, MO)
Chirsta Gearhart Denney (St. Louis, MO)
Savannah Dodd (St. Louis, MO)
Shannon K. Dougherty (St. Louis, MO)
George Eichelberger (St. Louis, MO)
Nancy Exharhu* (St. Louis, MO)
Sarah Gillespie (Edwardsville, IL)
Karen Glines* (St. Louis, MO)
Sheri Goldsmith* (St. Louis, MO)
Beth Goyer* (Des Peres, MO) 
David Hartwell (St. Louis, MO)

Kelly M. Hider
Ryan Hoevenaar (Washington, IL)
Aunia Kahn (Shiloh, IL)
Greg Kluempers (Florrisant, MO)
Hoa Le* (University City, MO)
Sara Levin (St. Louis, MO)
Agnieszka Ligendza (Madison, WI)
Jo Renzy McCredie* (Arnold, MO)
Giada Otten* (Milstadt, IL)
Russ Rosener* (St. Louis, MO)
Naomi Runtz* (St. Louis, MO)
Carl Safe (St. Louis, MO)
Christina Thomas (St. Louis, MO)
Trevis Thomas (St. Louis, MO)
Jim Trotter* (St. Louis, MO)
Gene Ursprung* (Alton, IL)
Arthur Vasquez
Ron Vivod* (Collinsville, IL)
Stephanie Walker-Stuppy (St. Louis, MO)
Pam Wees (St. Louis, MO)
Bonner Williams (Memphis, TN)

* Member of the St. Louis Artists' Guild

Prizes and Awards

First Place: $300

Laura Bailey, "Death Valley from Dante's View and Below Grant Ave Bridge, Springfield MO," 2012. digital photography

Laura Bailey
Death Valley from Dante's View and Below Grant Ave Bridge, Springfield MO,
digital photography
two photos (framed), 28" x 20" each
$400 for pair

Second Place: $200

David Hartwell, "1818 Kalorama: New Years Eve 2008, No. 2", 2011. digital C-print.

David Hartwell
1818 Kalorama: New Years Eve 2008, No. 2. 2011

digital C-print
20" x 30"
price upon request

Third Place: $100

Sheri Goldsmith, "Ne Pas Entrer," 2012. mixed media.

Sheri Goldsmith
Ne Pas Entrer, 2012

mixed media: wood frame, ceramic (earthenware) canvas, photographs on archival paper, oil paint, oil pastels, encaustic wax medium, amber shellac
13" x 13"

Honorable Mentions: $50

Aunia Kahn,"Light of One," 2012. photography.

Aunia Kahn
Light of One, 2012

11" x 16 1/2"

Savannah Dodd, "After the Rain," 2012. photograph.

Savannah Dodd
After the Rain, 2012

photo print on canvas
30" x 30"

Exhibition Juror

Daniel Farnum was born in the blue-collar town of Saginaw, Michigan. His photographs address the American experience, landscape, and culture have been showcased nationally in several exhibitions and galleries in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New York.

He is the recipient of many notable awards such as the Aperture Award from the Print Center in Philadelphia, two prizes from the Paul Sack Architectural Photography Contest, Grand Prize Winner of the Missouri Top 50 contest, and the Juror's Selection Award given by Christopher Rauschenberg at the Center for Fine Art Photography. Dan recently recieved an award in a show titled Landscape Interrupted by William Jenkins, who was responsible for the New Topographics exhibition while curator of the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House.

Dan received his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and BFA from the University of Michigan. He is currently a professor of Photography at the University of Missouri in Columbia. For more information about Daniel Farnum and his work, please visit his website at

Friday, January 18, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Exhibition Dates: 
Friday, January 18, 2013 - Sunday, March 17, 2013
Free and Open to the Public
Daniel Farnum
Submissions Due: 
December 5, 2012