University and college students from across North Carolina will come together for a day of photography portfolio reviews by esteemed publishers, curators, gallerists, artists and educators. From 4:30-6:30, the public is invited to view the work and meet the reviewers. Reception and food truck will be onsite. The UNCG Art Truck will host a pop up portrait studio open to all. Come out and enjoy the events.
The Photography Portfolio Review is made possible by the UNCG School of Art Maggie and Gene Triplette Fund
Maggie Triplette is an avid art lover and has been collecting photography for over 30 years.
Dhanraj Emanuel Originally from India, Dhanraj Emanuel comes from a long line of photographers, including his father, uncle and grandfather. Influenced by the vibrant streetscapes of India, light, color, texture and narrative are the building blocks of his photographs. A MFA from the University of Memphis helped shape Dhanraj’s sense of design and with his intuitive use of light, he creates images that are elegant yet unpretentious.
Dhanraj developed a passion for food after he moved to America and began to cook for himself. These days he brings his love for cooking and photography together by shooting food for advertising and editorial clients including the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, AAA Living, Our State Magazine and The Fresh Market to name a few.
Emanuel is based in Greensboro, NC, and teaches Commercial Photography at Randolph Community College in Asheboro NC. .
MJ Sharp is a documentary and fine arts photographer. She was the staff photographer at theIndependent, an award-winning newsweekly in North Carolina, for most of the 1990s while also freelancing regionally for theNew York Times, theNew York Times Magazine,PBS’s Frontline, theColumbia Journalism Review, and the Ford Foundation, among others. She went on to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007, when she began extensively photographing night landscapes with vintage large-format bellows cameras. Very long exposures, whether taken by the magic of moonlight or by prosaic household illumination, produce a singular visual vocabulary possible only with slowly accumulating light on film. That vocabulary, in turn, initiates a particular kind of discussion about what we take time to see and experience and what we overlook and disregard.Her work appears in the collections of the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Akron Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art, the Ackland Museum of Art, and the Asheville Museum of Art, as well as private collections such as the Cassilhaus Collection in Chapel Hill, NC. She has been based at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke since 2012, where she enjoys teaching the alchemy of black and white film photography and the rigor of advanced projects to undergraduates.
Lisa McCarty is an image maker, curator, and educator based in Durham, North Carolina.
Lisa has participated in over 60 exhibitions and screenings at venues such as The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Chicago Photography Center, Houston Center for Photography, Griffin Museum of Photography, Asheville Art Museum, and the American University Museum. Lisa’s photographs have also been shown internationally in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Argentina. Additionally her moving images have been screened at festivals such as the New York Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, Cairo Video Festival in Egypt, Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival in the UK, and Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival in Scotland.
Lori Vrbais a native Texan now residing in Chapel Hill. She is a self-taught artist committed to film and the traditional wet darkroom. Vrba's imagery is rooted in themes of memory, illusion, loss and revival. Her one-of-a-kind assemblage pieces combine her photography and vintage curiosities. She considers each piece to be much like an objectified journal entry. Her solo shows have been met nationally and internationally with great acclaim. Vrba believes her exhibition installations are an extension of the aesthetic and narrative components of her imagery. Her work is held in permanent as well as private collections through out the world. Her first monograph published by Daylight was named one of the top ten photo books of 2015 by American Photo Magazine.
Emily Stamey is the Weatherspoon Art Museum's Curator of Exhibitions. Previously she served as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona and as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University in Kansas.
Stamey received her Ph.D. from The University of Kansas, Lawrence and completed her undergraduate work at Grinnell College in Iowa. Her curatorial interests are broad: she has presented exhibitions of photographs by Hank Willis Thomas and Gordon Parks, videos by Alfredo Jaar and Kelly Richardson, paintings by Odili Donald Odita and Leslie Shows, and site-specific installations by Tony Feher and Santiago Borja. Her current research focuses on the uses of fairy tales in contemporary art.
Michel Itkoff is an artist and Cofounder of both Fabl and Daylight Books a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. For over a decade, Daylight has been dedicated to publishing art and photography via its print and digital publishing programs. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine-art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large.
Michael has been deeply involved in the publishing industry in both print and digital media and he has written for the NYTimes Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious blog and the Forward. Before starting Daylight, Michael interned at the Annie Leibovitz Studio and Aperture Foundation among others, and worked at Rizzoli International Publications. His monograph, ‘Street Portraits’, was published by Charta Editions in 2009. Michael received his BA from Sarah Lawrence College and his MFA from ICP/Bard College.
Michael is most interested in seeing bodies of work that may be appropriate to realize in book form. Michael enjoys most forms of photography but prefers work with a conceptual basis and strong technical mastery. He is less interested in viewing commercial portfolios.
Roylee Duvall has spent most of his life working in photography. He began by reading and experimenting then perfected the craft attending art and design workshops and courses from universities and community colleges. Roylee has been a freelance photographer for over 30 years, has operated a photo studio, owned and managed a camera store, worked as a photo-industry sales rep, has taught computer skills and photography, and currently operates the photo gallery “Through This Lens” in downtown Durham.