Archived News

On May 20th, 2015, The New York Times' Lens Blog featured one of my photographs in the Looking at Appalachia project and exhibition organized by Roger May. You can see my image here and then read the very insightful article and interview with Roger.

As part of my Start with Art: Pittsburgh project, I was recently awarded a $500 Access Microfund grant from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council to provide accomadations for individuals with disabilities. I used the money to hire poet and author Jessica Server to compose descriptions of each photograph that will then be recorded and made available on the Start with Art website. This will provide access to these photographs for anyone regardless of visual impairment.

Dear Pittsburgh, a platform that looks to support creative communities by facilitating social collaboration interviewed me back in April and just published an unabridged audio podcast of our conversation along with an abbreviated transcript. Check it out here.

As part of Stuart Pilkington's The Swap, Matthew Crowther and I took portraits of each other while we were in Atlanta, GA last year. The Swap is composed of pairs of portraits that photographers take of each other and now numbers over 170 pairs. You can see our portraits and a brief interview here.

For the third year in a row, I have been included in the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual. My image Mob at the Bonfire from the "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear" series was selected by Dr. Louis A. Zona, the Director of The Butler Institute of American Art. It will be on display at the Trumbull Branch of the museum from June 14th until July 19th, 2015.

Objects in mirror are closer than they appearmy Keystone Award-winning project documenting Skatopia, opened at the Silver Eye Center for photography on January 16th. Along with the International Award winner, Chris Meerdo, this show remained open until March 21st. On Wednesday, March 18th, I was joined by photographer and CMU faculty member, Dylan Vitone for an artist talk. The juror, Allison Grant of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago noted that "I selected him as the Keystone Award winner because he is a fantastic storyteller and his images each strengthen one another to form a compelling whole." For the press release, please click here.

I was awarded a Juror's Honorable Mention by Scott B. Davis and the Center for Fine Art Photography for an image that I made at Skatopia outside of Rutland, Ohio. The show, Visual Narratives opened on November 7th with a reception and closed on November 29th. 

The Mountain and the Bumble Bee, a traveling show curated by Chris McGinnis opened on October 30th at the Kipp Gallery on Indiana University of Pennsylvania's campus. A few pieces from my West South West Census project will be included and there are a number of strong works included from other artists and poets. It then traveled to the Media Arts Gallery at Robert Morris University and will finish at SPACE Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

After two rounds of applications, I was awarded the $10,000 Crusade Engagement Grant from Crusade for Art. The jury was composed of Karen Irvine (Curator and Associate Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography), Rupert Jenkins (Executive Director of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center), and Whitney Johnson (Director of Photography at The New Yorker). The grant will be used to ensure that every child born at West Penn Allegheny Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania goes home with an original photograph signed by an emerging photographer or artist. A total of 12 photographers were selected for each month of the year and I look forward to sharing more information about this in the coming weeks. Many thanks go out to Jennifer Schwartz and her Crusade for Art that first prompted me to put this proposal together!

Empty Stretch included one of my images from Objects in mirror are closer than they appear in Petty Thieves Number Five (in a limited edition of 100). In 2013, this zine was named one of the top 10 photobooks of the year by the Indie Photobook Library. To see a list of the other photographers or to order a copy of Petty Thieves Five, please click here.  

Roger May, a North Carolina-based photographer included two of my images from Rutland, Ohio in Looking at Appalachia-- a project that explores Appalachia fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. A few of the other photographers included are Ed Panar and Jake Reinhart of Pittsburgh and Jeremy Lange of North Carolina.

LensCulture, a website that promotes contemporary photography from around the world recently decided to showcase my newest work - Objects in mirror are closer than they appear. You can view my project and others using this link

Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio has selected one of my West South West Census works to be included in their 2nd International Photography Annual (INPHA 2) that was just published. Click here to see who the other finalists are.

Two new sculptures from my West South West portfolio were exhibited at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art as part of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 103rd Annual. The show opened on Sunday, June 1st and closed on Sunday, August 31st.  The opening reception was on June 14th and more information can be found here.  My two pieces can be found in the fifth row of images.

Two of my West South West photographs were exhibited at the Kiernan Gallery and online as part of the Mainland landscape show.  The exhibit ran from January 2nd to February 1st, 2014 with an opening reception on January 3rd.  It was juried by Pulitzer prize winning photo editor Stella Kramer and she put together a great looking show.

The Kiernan Gallery recently featured my West South West portfolio on their blog.  I had the opportunity of meeting Kat at a portfolio review as part of FotoWeek DC in November and it was great that she shared my work with her audience.

All 24 of my iPhone Screenshots from West South West were included in There/Here: A Mobile Exhibit in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The show opened on November 1st and had a closing reception at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art on November 8th.   

The September Issue of Fraction Magazine (Issue 54) featured my West South West portfolio.  In addition, they are offering WSW, 1880 (Boone County, KY) as part of their Fraction Editions.  These images are in an edition of 10 and will be printed on Epson Ultra Premium Luster paper and can be purchased for $100.

On Tuesday, September 3rd from 7-9pm, I participated in a panel discussion and opening reception for the 8 Hour Projects: Performativity show at Allegheny College. The exhibit will then run until Sunday, September 22nd. You can find more information and links to the other artists' websites here.

On Saturday, August 31st, I took part in Allegheny College's "8 Hour Project" curated by Darren Miller, the director of the art galleries at Allegheny College.  The event ran from 10am to 6pm and featured 11 other artists working with the theme of "Performativity."  The Opening Reception was on Tuesday, September 3rd from 7pm to 9pm.  The exhibition is up from Tuesday, September 3rd to Sunday, September 22nd.  A video of the 2011 event can be found here.  

On Monday August 5th, The Story, a radio program produced by American Public Media and WUNC and broadcast nationally by NPR will highlight my West South West project.  They will have this brief introduction about 35 minutes into the program.  You can either check your local NPR station's schedule for this program or go to The Story to download that day's episode.

Craig O'Donnell of the Kent County News joined me at the beginning of my West South West project and wrote Snapshots of America 10 Years at a Time that appeared in the paper on July 31st. It is a great article and he did a great deal of research in writing it. He even brought a canoe and we viewed the site from a tidal pond and then from the Chesapeake Bay.

Curator Graham Shearing recently selected several pieces from my Pledge of Allegiance series to be shown at Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA during the Unblurred gallery walk on July 5th. The reception will take place from 5:30-9pm and the show will remain up through the end of July.  Most Wanted Fine Art Gallery is located at 5015 Penn Ave.

On May 23rd, Robert Morris University profiled my West South West photography project and Kickstarter campaign.  Click here for their press release.

The Rolla Daily News in Rolla, Missouri ran a front page article on May 9th on my West South West project and Kickstarter campaign.  Rolla is approximately 20 miles form the 2000 Center and 50 miles from the 2010 Center. Click here for the article.

My review of the inaugural Paris Photo Los Angeles was published in the June 2013 issue of Fraction Magazine.  In addition, there are four wonderful portfolios, Leo Hsu contributed a piece on what the Lytro camera means for photography, and Lauren Greenwald wrote a review for an amazing book on images of glaciers and ice by Caleb Cain Marcus.

Ben Cawthra, author of Blue Notes in Black and White and associate professor of history at Cal State Fullerton began interviewing me a few months about my rephotography of W. Eugene Smith's Pittsburgh Project for his blog.  Read Streets of Dreams: Rephotographing Smith's Pittsburgh and take a look at some of the original contact sheets that are housed at the Library of Congress as well as my own insights into rephotography.

I will be exhibiting my Pledge of Allegiance (German Neon) video as part of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 102nd Annual Exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA. Curated by David Norr, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, the show will run from April 20th 2013-June 23rd 2013 with an opening reception on April 20th. You can find more information at either the Carnegie Museum of Art's website or the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh website.

On June 3rd, a few minutes before the deadline, I met my goal of $5000 for my Kickstarter campaign to document the 23 Centers of Population that are plotted at the conclusion of each census.  Entitled West South West, I will begin photographing these sites at the end of July and finish during the first week of August.  

Daniel Grant recently wrote an article, For Artists, M.F.A. or Ph. D? for Inside Higher Ed.  I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by him back in March and he leads off his article with me while also mentioning Virginia Commonwealth University, Ohio University, and Robert Morris University.

I will also have six Pledge of Allegiance poster prints included in 30:2, an exhibition of 30 artists from the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh curated by Adam Welch and Stacy Weiss. The exhibition is at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and is up from April 19th 2013 to August 18th 2013 with an opening reception on April 19th.  More information can be found at the PCA website.

On June 17th, 2010, Pittsburgh Tribune art critic Kurt Shaw reviewed Gestures 14 Kurt Shaw reviewed Gestures 14 at the Mattress Factory.  This was the first collaboration between Heather and I with the show opening one week after we were married at the Mattress Factory.