Unconventional Inventions exhibit at Endicott

Unconventional Inventions: Innovative, unusual, and alternative approaches to photography

A satellite exhibition at Endicott College


Beverly, MA — Endicott College School of Visual and Performing Arts is thrilled to partner with the Photographic Resource Center (PRC) at Boston University on this exciting exhibition, Unconventional Inventions. The seven-week show will be held at the Carol Grillo Gallery in the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly from March 11 – April 26, 2013 as a PRC satellite exhibition. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm; Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  The opening reception will take place on Thursday, March 14, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. and from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. an informal presentation by guest artist Harold Feinstein will take place in the Rose Performance Hall. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.


Andrew Neumann

In the creative landscape, a wide range of trends appears at any given time. Since its inception in the 1830s, photography has had its share of trends, and the digital age has provided us with more ways to interact and engage with the medium than ever before. Unconventional Inventions celebrates photography’s wonderful eccentricities as well as artists that are constantly experimenting, taking risks, and working outside the mainstream of digital production. This riveting show features artists who take unconventional and innovative approaches to photography by pushing the boundaries of the medium, using alternative or new processes and techniques, integrating photography with other arts or new technologies, or experimenting with scale or frame.


Liz Lee

From a submission pool of 115 artists, Jurors selected the following seven artists for inclusion in Unconventional Inventions: David Adams (Tempe, AZ), Traces Jessica Burko (Jamaica Plain, MA), Christoph Engel (Karlsruhe, Germany), Donna Hamil Talman (Worcester, MA), Angelina Kidd (Redmond, WA), Liz Lee (Lakeview, NY), Andrew Neumann (Boston, MA).

David Adams

David Adams

PRC chose three jurors highly regarded for their expertise and insight:  Christopher James, Director of MFA Program in Photography and Photography Department Chair at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University;  Francine Weiss, PRC Curator & Loupe Editor; and Howard Yezerski, Owner, Howard Yezerski Gallery (Boston, MA). This exhibition was curated by Zach Hoffman, graduate student at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.

Founded in 1976, the Photographic Resource Center (PRC) at Boston University is an independent non-profit organization that serves as a vital forum for the exploration and interpretation of new work, ideas, and methods in photography and related media. The PRC presents exhibitions, fosters education, develops resources, and facilitates community interaction for local, regional, and national audiences. Cited by the Boston Globe as “one-stop shopping for the photo buff,” the PRC’s gallery hosts several exhibitions each year, emphasizing new ideas and trends in contemporary photography. Ranging from provocative theme-based exhibitions to the highly anticipated juried and student exhibitions, the PRC expand our understanding of the human experience through its stewardship of the photographic arts.  For more information visit: www.prcboston.org

The School of Visual and Performing Arts offers a BFA in Photography with a curriculum that strives to provide students with a basis for the critical understanding and production of photographs as a part of contemporary media culture.  In their course of study, students are encouraged to explore photography with an emphasis on art practice and exploration of ideas, as well as on the development of imagery and skills for commercial applications.

“The Unconventional Inventions exhibition is a perfect example of what our photography students are currently working on.  We have the ability to experiment and print on a wide range of materials which encourages our students to print outside the box.  Our photography students become members of the Photographic Resource Center and have had their works accepted in the student exhibition each year.  We are pleased that the PRC accepted our invitation to partner with us on this exhibition, and the work in this exhibition is a fine example of pushing photography into a whole new dimension”, states Kathleen Moore, Coordinator of Visual Arts and Gallery Director. “I know that viewers will be amazed at the innovative approaches that these seven artists have used to produce their unconventional inventions.  This exhibit will inspire photographers of all levels.”

We have also invited Harold Feinstein to be our guest speaker in the Rose Performance Hall. Mr. Feinstein’s informal presentation is titled: “When your mouth drops open, click the shutter” 65 years of saying yes to beauty.  Harold Feinstein began photographing in 1946 when he was 15.  Four years later his work was purchased by Edward Steichen for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  At nearly 82, he has a lifetime of stories to share about his 65 years as a photographer, teacher and perpetual explorer of the creative process.

The exhibition, reception and informal presentation are free and open to the public.  If you have any questions regardingUnconventional Inventions: innovative, unusual, and alternative approaches to photography, or future exhibits and lectures opportunities, please contact Kathleen J. Moore at 978-232-2655 or kmoore@endicott.edu  Our website is:  www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts

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