Keystone Award Honorable Mentions

Feb 9–Apr 24, 2021
Silver Eye Center for Photography
4808 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

The Fellowship 20 Keystone Award Honorable Mentions J Houston, Sarah Kaufman, and Will Harris will show a selection of work along side the Fellowship 20 Keystone Award winner Erik Hagen's exhibition, Team Member.

These projects span across styles and backgrounds: J Houston looks to queer community building, envisioning what utopia could be for trans folk living in the midwest and evoking a feeling of potential and possibility through the use of magical realism; Sarah Kaufman's lens follows swimmers and divers at the Devil's Pool swimming hole Philadelphia, documenting this gathering place over a sustained period of time, considering the long history of imaging bodies in nature; Will Harris confronts the complexities of his grandmother Evelyn’s dementia seeking to understand, to empathize and at times to even embrace, the confounding ways his grandmother’s disease altered their relationship.

Fellowship is Silver Eye's international juried photography competition. For nineteen years this competition has recognized both rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe, and from the state of Pennsylvania. The Keystone Award Honorable Mentions are awarded to artists creating work within the state of Pennsylvania. Dan Leers, Curator of Photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art was the juror for the Fellowship 20 Keystone Award.

Participating Artists

  1. J Houston is an artist & photographer working in Pittsburgh, PA and NYC. Their work has been recently featured in W Magazine, Aint-Bad, Klemm Gallery at Siena Heights University, MI, CONTACT Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, and Houston Center for Photography. They hold a BA from Carnegie Mellon University.

  2. Will Harris (b. 1990) is an emerging visual artist whose work deals with memory, history, identity, time, and place. He mostly uses photography as his medium but he also utilizes audio and computer generated images. Will holds his BFA in Photography from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and completed his MFA in Photography and Integrated Media at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA in 2019.

  3. Sarah Kaufman (b. Philadelphia, PA) received a BA from Haverford College and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Solo exhibitions of her photography include Saint Joseph’s University, Haverford College, Bowdoin College, Soho Photo and Porter Contemporary galleries in New York, and she has participated in group exhibitions nationwide. Kaufman’s photographic and curatorial projects have been reviewed in ARTnews Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Work from her ongoing project, Devil’s Pool, was recently acquired by the Pennsylvania Convention Center for permanent exhibition. She is an Assistant Professor in Art at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania where she teaches all levels of Photography and cross‐media Studio Practices. Kaufman lives and works in Philadelphia.