Reynolda House, Modern Automotive Announce Finalists in Modern Landscape Black-and-White Photography Contest

By Staff

sharon canter
sharon canter

Reynolda House Museum of American Art and Modern Automotive have announced the three finalists in “The Modern Landscape: Black and White Photography Contest,” a competition that celebrates the inspiring beauty of the magnificent American landscape, exemplified by the work of artist-photographer, Ansel Adams. The photography contest is part of Modern Automotive’s major sponsorship of the exhibition on view at Reynolda House, “Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light.”

More than 300 individuals submitted photographs to the competition between Jan. 1 and March 10. A panel of three jurors, all professional photographers and artists, reviewed all entries and selected three finalists: “Black Water Reflections” by Glenn Thompson from Butler, Pa.; “Mesa Arch Sunrise” by J.J. Raia from Cary; and “Steadfast” by Sharon Canter from High Point.

Reproductions of the three finalists’ photographs will be on display at several locations between April 2 and May 13. The public may vote for their favorite in person at any location, and may vote only once.

You can vote at the following locations:

  • Modern Automotive Dealerships, located throughout the Piedmont Triad and Northwest North Carolina
  • Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 Spruce St. N.
  • Old Salem Visitors Center, 600 S. Main St.
  • Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, 411 W. Fourth St.
  • Winston-Salem Visitors Center, 200 Brookstown Ave.

The overall contest winner will be decided based on number of votes and will be announced on International Museum Day, Wednesday, May 18, at Reynolda House. Admission to the museum on this day is free for members and up to four guests. Non-members will receive one free admission with each paid admission on this day.

J.J. Raia

The exhibition “Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light” will be on view at Reynolda House through July 17. One of the world’s most widely celebrated photographers, Adams created uplifting images that deftly illustrate the ideal of a glorious American West before tourism and extensive development marked the land. Inspiring beauty was Adams’s ideal; light was his means. A consummate technician, he took pains to “previsualize” his results at the time he exposed each negative, seeking not to reflect the scenes before his camera as much as his emotional embrace of nature’s magnificence.

The 37 breathtaking photographs by Adams in “Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light” have never been on view together, and Reynolda House is the exhibition’s only venue. The debut of “Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light” in North Carolina coincides with the centennial of the National Park Service, which marks its 100th anniversary in August 2016. The National Parks Conservation Association has joined Reynolda House as the National Outreach Partner for the exhibition.

glenn thompson
glenn thompson

“Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light” has been organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas. Reynolda House gratefully recognizes the many generous sponsors who helped bring this exhibition to North Carolina, including Major Sponsors Charles H. Babcock, Jr. Arts and Community Initiative Endowment, Jerome and Beverly Jennings, and Modern Automotive; Contributing Sponsor Phoenix Packaging, Inc.; and Exhibition Partners Jeffrey and Sissy Whittington, and the Ecology Wildlife Foundation.

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