Saturday, April 21, 2012

New Show Opening Tonight from 6-8pm!

Come see our two newest shows featuring artist Annie Seaton in Gallery I with "Slick," and Cynthia Greig in Gallery II with "Nature Morte."

The surf's always up for the figures in Seaton's "Slick." Armed with her camera, Seaton

becomes a "surf voyeur," capturing the variety of surf culture, from surf gangs to multigenerational surf families. In "Slick" she again combines photography with painterly ink

washes to evoke the pure joy she associates with time spent at the beach. By focusing

on such positive emotions, however, Seaton is also responding to life’s difficulties and

constraints. Seaton says, “life comes in waves and all its crests and troughs;

sometimes pounding and ominous and sometimes gentle and heartening.”

Trained as a painter, Seaton has incorporated photographs into her work since 2008.

She has exhibited her work throughout the West Coast and Canada for the past

decade. Most recently, her work was included in the Carnegie Art Museum’s 2011

group exhibition, “Splash!” This is Seaton's second solo show at dnj Gallery.

In Gallery II, dnj Gallery will be exhibiting Greig’s work, in which she revisits her unique

method of photographing a three dimensional object while giving it the appearance of a

two dimensional line drawing. Greig uses ordinary house paint to whitewash objects.

After drawing crude outlines on these objects, she photographs them in still life

arrangements. By confusing two distinct means of representation–photography and

drawing–Greig explores the boundaries of photography and questions how we form our

beliefs about what is real or true. As Greig states, “’Nature Morte’ revisits the tradition

of still life to further explore the illusory and documentary nature of the photograph in

relation to the vanitas themes of death, decay, and ephemerality.”

Greig’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the country as well as

internationally. In 2011, the Oakland University Art Gallery in Rochester, Michigan, held

an exhibition of her work entitled, “Cynthia Greig: Subverting the (un)Conventional.”

Her photographs are included in the collections of the George Eastman House,

Rochester, NY, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, and the Museum of

Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL. “Nature Morte” is Greig’s second solo

exhibition at dnj Gallery. Greig lives and works in Detroit.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Silver Eye Center for Photography 2012 Benefit Auction & Brunch

The Silver Eye Center for Photography is hosting its biennial auction and fundraiser. This year features a vast array of vintage and contemporary works by established artists and new up and comers. Auction goers can grab a three day getaway or tickets to any number of events in their silent auction. You can spend guilt free knowing that your purchase goes to supporting Pittsburghs creativity and contemporary photography.

This year Silver Eye was honoring Aaronel deRoy Gruber (1918-2011). Gruber was a very loyal and generous supporter of the Silver Eye Center and an influential individual in the field of photography.

The Benefit Auction and Brunch will be taking place on Sunday, April 29, 2o12 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at:
Clear Story Studio, 1931 Sidney Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (Southside)

An Auction Catalogue, and online pre-event bidding are available at the Auction Website Here

Advance Tickets can also be purchased online at the Auction website or by phone at 412.431.1810 ext. 12 through April 20, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

38 Books Nominated for Lillian Smith Book Awards for 2012

The Southern Regional Council (SRC) recently announced that thirty-eight books have been nominated for the Lillian Smith Book Awards for 2012, to be presented in Decatur, Georgia on September 2, 2012.

SRC is an inter-racial organization founded in 1919 to combat racial injustice in the South. SRC initiated the Lillian Smith Book Awards shortly after Smith's death in 1966 to recognize authors whose writing extends the legacy of the outspoken writer, educator and social critic who challenged her fellow Southerners and all Americans on issues of social and racial justice. Since 2004 the awards have been presented by SRC in a partnership with the University of Georgia Libraries, whose Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library houses a historic collection of Lillian Smith's letters and manuscripts. The Georgia Center for the Book became a partner in 2007, when the awards ceremony first became part of the Decatur Book Festival.

The award recipients for 2011 were Sacrifice Zones by Steve Lerner and At the Dark End of the Street by Danielle McGuire.

The 2012 nominees include:




New Destination Dreaming: Immigration, Race, and Legal Status in the Rural American South

Helen B. Marrow

Stanford University Press

Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age

Virginia Eubanks

The MIT Press

The Book of Sarah: Poems

Amy Benson Brown

WordTech Communications LLC/ DBA Turning Point

Still A Man and Other Stories

James E. Cherry

Aquarius Press/Willow Books

Legacy: The Secret History of Proto-Fascism in America’s Greatest Little City

Scott Smith


The Last Will and Testament of Rosetta Sugars Tramble

Myra McLarey

Ink Brush Press

Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement

Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Oxford University Press

Dancing with Gravity: A Novel

Anene Tressler

Blank Slate Press

Tobacco Capitalism: Growers, Migrant Workers, and the Changing Face of a Global Industry

Peter Benson

Princeton University Press

The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers and Child Traffickers

Scott Carney

William Morrow, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

The End of Anger: A New Generation’s Take on Race and Rage

Ellis Cose

Ecco, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself

Rachel Lloyd

Harper, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

All Labor Has Dignity

Edited by Michael K. Honey

Beacon Press

Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparkled the Civil War

Tony Horwitz

Henry Holt and Company

Hey, Shorty! A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets

Joanne N. Smith, Mandy Van Deven, and Meghan Huppuch

The Feminist Press

Critical Race Consciousness: Reconsidering American Ideologies of Racial Justice

Gary Peller

Paradigm Publishers

Black and White: The Confrontation between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene “Bull” Connor

Larry Dane Brimner

Boyds Mills Press

Brothers (And Me): A Memoir of Loving and Giving

Donna Britt

Little, Brown and Company

Hachette Book Group

The Night Train: A Novel

Clyde Edgerton

Little, Brown and Company

Hachette Book Group

The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time

David Sloan Wilson

Little, Brown and Company

Hachette Book Group

White Flight/Black Flight: The Dynamics of Racial Change in an American Neighborhood

Rachael A. Woldoff

Cornell University Press

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Manning Marable

Viking/Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Upheaval in Charleston: Earthquake and Murder on the Eve of Jim Crow

Susan Millar Williams and Stephen G. Hoffius

University of Georgia Press

Elbert Parr Tuttle: Chief Jurists of the Civil Rights Revolution

Anne Emanuel

University of Georgia Press

Civil Rights History From the Ground Up: Local Struggles, A National Movement

Edited by Emilye Crosby

University of Georgia Press

Mary Turner and the Memory of Lynching

Julie Buckner Armstrong

University of Georgia Press

The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting a Myth of Race and Finding an American Family

Mark Auslander

University of Georgia Press

Writing the South through the Self: Explorations in Southern Autobiography

John C. Inscoe

University of Georgia Press

Alabama Getaway: The Political Imaginary and the Heart of Dixie

Allen Tullos

University of Georgia Press

Detained without Cause: Muslims’ Stories of Detention and Deportation in American After 9/11

Irum Shiekh

Palgrave Macmillan

No Room of Her Own: Women’s Stories of Homelessness, Life, Death, and Resistance

Desiree Hellegers

Palgrave Macmillan

Head Off & Split: Poems

Nikky Finney

Northwestern University Press

Gust: Poems

Greg Alan Brownderville

Northwestern University Press

The Stranger You Seek: A Novel

Amanda Kyle Williams

Ballantine/Bantam Dell

A Division of Random House, Inc.

Diary of an Eco-Outlaw: An Unreasonable Woman Breaks the Law for Mother Earth

Diane Wilson

Chelsea Green Publishing

The Trials of Eroy Brown: The Murder Case that Shook the Texas Prison System

Michael Berryhill

The University of Texas Press

Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence, and the Last Lynching in America

B.J. Hollars

University of Alabama Press

Civil Rights in New York City: From World War II to the Giuliani Era

Edited by Clarence Taylor

Fordham University Press

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

DESIRE FOR MAGIC: Patrick Nagatani 1978-2008 at the Avampato Discovery Museum

"Then and Now" Artist Patrick Nagatani has a show opening April 21st at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia. The show consists of photographs, collages and works with mixed media to form a biopic of Patrick's 30 year artistic career.

For more info about the Exhibit click here: