Fairfield resident named grand prize winner of IMAGES photography show

The Fairfield Museum and History Center has announced that Fairfield local Kate Eisemann has been named the grand prize winner of the 7th annual IMAGES Juried Photography Show, chosen from more than 800 submissions from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. The exhibit currently is on view through July 19.

Eisemann’s piece catscan is an image of her cat Jasmine sitting on a scanner. To create the piece, she took multiple scans of Jasmine’s stomach and paws and then combined them on Photoshop to create the detailed, high-contrast photograph. She said that the piece was inspired by the work of William Wegman.

Her career as a photographer started at the University of Hartford where she worked for the CBS office close to her university. Following that, she migrated into the feature film business as an assistant director, an experience that has impacted her aesthetic. Today she continues to work in both fields, as a photographer and a location scout for movies, television and advertising. As the winner in the professional/serious amateur category, Eisemann will receive a 10-day exhibition at the Southport Galleries this fall.

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Gelnaw, a New Canaan High School student, is the student grand prize winner of Fairfield Museum’s 2015 IMAGES Photography Show for her photograph American.

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Gelnaw, a New Canaan High School student, is the student grand prize winner of Fairfield Museum’s 2015 IMAGES Photography Show for her photograph American.

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Gelnaw of New Canaan was named the student grand prize winner for her photograph American Summer, taken in Block Island.

A student at New Canaan High School, Gelnaw has always shown an interest in photography and has taken two photography classes. She notes that she “loves taking candid photos of people interacting with their environment in a way that captures movement and emotion.”

As the grand prize student winner, Gelnaw will receive a professional portfolio review with IMAGES featured photographer Howard Schatz and Juried Show judge. Schatz has had a long and distinguished career as a photographer with over 20 books of photographs to his credit, including the newly published two-volume retrospective Schatz Images: 25 Years, showcasing award-winning artistic oeuvre including studies of dancers, athletes, portraiture, and underwater imagery.

Schatz’s editorial photographs have been featured in Vanity Fair, TIME, Sports Illustrated, US News and World Report, Vogue, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and GQ Italia. His work is the focus of the exhibition Howard Schatz: 25 years of Photographs, on view at the Fairfield Museum from through Aug. 31.

Schatz will be the guest speaker at the July 16 Museum After Dark and Artist Reception, from 6-8 p.m., free for Museum members; $5 suggested donation for non-members. He will sign books and discuss his work and mid-life career change from doctor to professional photographer.

The other IMAGES judges included Suzanne Chamlin, Associate Professor of Studio Art in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Fairfield University, LaTanya S. Autry, a Ph.D. candidate in the art history department at University of Delaware and the Marcia Brady Tucker Fellow in photography at the Yale University Art Gallery, and Jeremy Frost, a photographer based in Southport, Connecticut, whose work has been printed in The Magazine Antiques and The New York Times and who recently served as President and Chair of Judging for the Norwalk Camera Club.

IMAGES 2015 is currently on view at the Fairfield Museum through July 19. Other local winners include Linda Kane Brinckerhoff, Sharyn Cannon, Meredith Moore, Nathaniel Bass, Jake Duncan, Sasha Rose McCay, Peter Stack, Ann Franzen, and Emily Sheffer from Fairfield and Lawrence Russ from Southport.  A complete list of winners can be viewed at http://www.fairfieldhistory.org/exhibitions-2/images/

2015 IMAGES is sponsored by BMW of Bridgeport, Pascale Communications, Venu magazine, Southport Galleries, WSHU Public Radio and Fairfield University.

Fairfield resident Kate Eisemann’s piece catscan, an image of her cat Jasmine sitting on a scanner, is the Grand Prize winner of Fairfield Museum’s 2015 IMAGES Photography Show.

Fairfield resident Kate Eisemann’s piece catscan, an image of her cat Jasmine sitting on a scanner, is the Grand Prize winner of Fairfield Museum’s 2015 IMAGES Photography Show.

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