Fellowship 15: Projects by Christopher Meerdo & Matthew Conboy features solo exhibitions from our International Award and Keystone Award winners, selected from an open call for entries in mid-2014.
International Award winner Christopher Meerdo (Chicago, IL) showcases work from a number of his projects, which explore notions of paranoia, entropy, and memorial through use of data processing, photography, installation, and moving images. Meerdo’s photographs ask the view to challenge their own ideas of objective awareness by altering the given landscape in dreamlike ways.
Keystone Award winner Matthew Conboy (Pittsburgh, PA) showcases Objects in mirror are closer than they appear, which documents a surreal 88-acre skate park located in rural southeast Ohio. Skatopia functions as a pilgrimage site for skaters from around the world, a refuge for young people looking for direction in their lives, and an anarchist commune. Through his photographs, Conboy wished to turn his camera away from the skaters, and instead search for the narrative threads that link the unique individuals portrayed in his images to each other and to the physical and cultural landscapes of southeast Ohio.
Now in its 15th year, Fellowship, our international photography competition, recognizes both rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe and from the state of Pennsylvania.
This year's juror is Allison Grant, Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL.
A World Imagined explores the work of photographers Sara Macel (Brooklyn, NY) and Kelli Connell (Chicago, IL) who make their subjective realities visible through their photography. Each explores the emotional terrain of significant personal relationships: Sara Macel’s May the Road Rise to Meet You is a meditation on her relationship with the life of her father at the end of his career. Kelli Connell’s Double Life visualizes questions of intimacy and identity through a relationship created for the camera. The exhibition is organized by Leo Hsu, photographer and Adjunct Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, and David Oresick, Executive Director, Silver Eye Center for Photography.