Nov 8, 2015

Northwoods Journals book- available now! Get your copy!

It's here!  Northwoods Journals is now available to purchase! 

I've designed this book to be a unique experience, a way to make the project come alive differently than it does online or in a gallery show.  It includes a few special elements that take advantage of the book format, and features many images that have never been exhibited before.  As many of you know, I've been working on the Northwoods project for almost 15 years, and I'm thrilled to say that this finally feels like the definitive version of what I've always wanted to say with the work.

Contact me directly (kurtsimonson@gmail.com) for your own signed copy-  $50 +shipping 

9.75 x 7.75 inches, 136 pages, printed linen hardcover.

65+ images with fold-out features and two gate-fold spreads.

The book features an essay by photo historian and curator George Slade and a poem by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Franz Wright.

ISBN: 978-1-943948-00-0 
Publisher: Flash Powder Projects, 2015 

The book is also available at the publisher's website - www.flashpowderprojects.com, as well as from select photobook stores around the country (such as PhotoEye in Santa Fe and others soon to follow).

Sep 30, 2015

It's almost here...

Order your copy of the Northwoods book - coming in mid-November 2015!  

Aug 7, 2015

LensCulture Emerging Talent 2015

I'm incredibly honored to announce that I've been chosen as one of LensCulture's 50 Emerging Talents of 2015!   I'm humbled to be included in such great international company, and to have been chosen by such a distinguished group of jurors!   Check out LensCulture's site to learn more (click here).  

If you'll be in San Francisco the weekend of August 28th, come check out the show at San Francisco Camera Work. I'll be there, and it'd be great to see some of you!   

Opening reception:  August 28th, 6-8pm, Exhibition runs through September 4.  

1011 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
Gallery hours: 12:00 – 6:00 pm, Tuesday – Saturday

Sep 1, 2014

Northwoods Journals - solo show at Newspace in Portland

Northwoods Journals solo show at Newspace Center for Photography 

Portland, Oregon.  December 5, 2014 through January 2015.

Opening reception: Friday Dec. 5.  Artist Lecture: Saturday Dec. 6

I'm humbled and thrilled to have been awarded a solo show at Newspace in Portland, one of my favorite photo spaces in one of my favorite photo cities.  Many thanks to the great people at Newspace and to juror Sarah Stolfa of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.  

The image above is from an installation of Northwoods Journals last fall in Los Angeles, but I will be doing a similar site-specific installation to give this show its own unique feeling.  If you are in Portland or able to come to town that weekend, I would love to see you at the opening or at my lecture.  

Aug 31, 2014

Tiny Tiny Group Show- "Life and/or Death"

I'm grateful to Kevin Miyazaki for including my "Family Tree" image (from Northwoods Journals) as part of his latest "Tiny Tiny Group Show," Life and/or Death.

There's some really amazing work in this little exhibit, from some great names in photography... thankful to be in such company.   

Check out the exhibit here

Jul 8, 2014

Second Sight Lecture at Medium Festival

I'm thrilled and grateful to announce that I have been selected as the "Second Sight Lecturer" for this year's Medium Festival of Photography in San Diego!    

Medium is one of my favorite photo world events (you can read my review of last year's festival here), and I'm so thankful to it's director Scott B. Davis, and for all of the great relationships I've developed there.   

My lecture will be at 9:30AM on Saturday October 25th.  To learn more, click here, and be sure to check out all the other amazing lectures too, including Duane Michals, Jess Dugan, Mona Kuhn, and many more.  

Oct 12, 2013

"Home is Where" exhibition October 22- November 14

"Home is Where" - the first large-scale solo exhibition of work from Northwoods Journals will be on view at the Earl and Virginia Green Gallery at Biola University in Los Angeles.  

Exhibition dates:  10/22 - 11/14

Artist Reception:  Friday 10/25 4-7pm

Artist Lecture:  Tuesday 10/29 7:45pm, Biola University Mayers Auditorium

13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90639   562-903-4807  art@biola.edu

Jul 20, 2013

It's been a great sabbatical...

It's been a great sabbatical...

I've been on sabbatical leave from my university for the last eight months, and it's been an incredibly busy and fruitful time...  I've been very slow to update this section of my website, but I do have a mailing list -- so if you don't subscribe to my newsletter, please add your name to it from the menu above.  

My sabbatical will be wrapping up with something very exciting-  my portrait of Chase from "I Love You, Man" will be included in the "Double Portraits" show at the San Diego Museum of Art.  I am utterly humbled by the company I am in! I never thought one of my photos would ever be hanging across from Giotto and Fra Angelico... but it will soon be hung in that empty corner spot of the Italian Renaissance gallery.  Across in the opposite corner will be a great portrait (lower right photo) by Jess T. Dugan, who I am also very excited to be showing with.

"Double Portraits" is a show of "interventions" in the museum's permanent collection.  Five contemporary photographers, all working in portraiture, have been chosen to serve as a tie-in to the Arnold Newman "Masterclass" exhibit that is currently on view.  The show opens on August 1 as part of the museum's "Summer Break" series, and I'll also be giving a lecture at the museum on Wednesday August 7th at 7pm-- please come out if you are in San Diego!     

Jan 29, 2013

Portfolio Showcase Vol. 6 @ Center for Fine Art Photography

I'm grateful to juror Melissa De Witt from Hotshoe Magazine for choosing Northwoods Journals to be part of the Portfolio Showcase at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO.  

More details to follow soon.

New Directions 2013 @ wall space gallery, Santa Barbara & Seattle

I'm excited and thankful that juror Ann Jastrab selected a piece from A Thin Silence to be part of "Beautiful My Desire," the New Directions 2013 exhibit! 

"Evening Sun (Rembrandt)" will be at wall space in Santa Barbara, CA, from January 1- February 3, 2013

and then will be traveling to wall space Seattle, WA, from February 5 - March 3, 2013

Check out a feature on my work here:

http://ws-flatfile.com/2013/01/09/beautiful-my-desire-kurt-simonson/

and the gallery's main site here:

http://wall-spacegallery.com

Oct 3, 2012

LENSCRATCH feature

So grateful to Aline Smithson for featuring me on LENSCRATCH!   Check out the entire post here:

http://www.lenscratch.com/2012/10/medium-festival-kurt-simonson.html

Sep 23, 2012

"A Thin Silence" featured in Fraction Magazine as part of the "Astoria Six"

I'm grateful to have my project A Thin Silence featured in Fraction Magazine along with my fellow "Astoria Six" Roundtable Retreat participants.   

Check out www.roundtablereview.net/astoria for more information about the retreat, planned and directed by David Bram and Jennifer Schwartz.   

Sep 8, 2012

PhotoLucida's Critical Mass - Top 200 Finalist

Very excited and humbled to be included in the Top 200 Finalist list for this year's Critical Mass!   Check out the link above for more information.   

Aug 10, 2012

Center Forward 2012 - Center for Fine Art Photography

Center Forward 2012 - Center for Fine Art Photography

Honored and excited to have received the Juror's Prize and the Book Award at the Center for Fine Art Photography!   A big thanks to Hamidah Glasgow and Ann Jastrab!   

CENTER Awards

Honored to receive third place in the Curator's Choice award for the 2012 CENTER Santa Fe Awards.  Many thanks to juror Ashley Givens, the Assistant Curator of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London UK.