Judges

Lee Marks

Lee Marks, photography dealer and consultant, heads Lee Marks Fine Art, a company established in New York City in 1981 and now located outside Indianapolis. She is a founding member and past president of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD). LMFA represents the work of a select group of contemporary photographers. Their work has been acquired by major collectors such as Sir Elton John; corporations such as Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis; and museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Art Institute of Chicago; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA. Marks has co-authored photography books with accompanying traveling exhibitions, including The Horse: Photographic Images, 1839 to the Present (Harry Abrams, 1991); New Realities: Hand-Colored Photography, 1839 to the Present (University of Wyoming Art Museum, 1997-98); Hope Photographs (Thames & Hudson, 1998); and most recently The Office/In and Out of the Box, shown at the Dorsky Gallery, New York City.

 

Flounder Lee

Flounder Lee is an artist/curator/educator living in Indianapolis, Indiana who received his BFA from the University of Florida and his MFA from California State University Long Beach, both in Photography. He runs SpaceCamp MicroGallery and has curated numerous exhibitions such as Double Vision: A Dual Channel Video Festival, Mapable, and TPS Reports: Performance Documents. He is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI. Flounder's work has been shown both nationally and internationally including Barcelona Art Contemporani 11; Bewegterwind in Germany, and Re/Move at Foto, kino i video savez Vojvodine in Serbia.

 

Stefan Petranek

Employing photography, video and sculptural forms Stefan Petranek explores the subtleties of how we perceive nature through the lens of contemporary culture, especially in response to technological and scientific advances. Influenced by his formal training as a biologist, he often uses the camera to pair down nature into its elemental forms. In this way his work is also a response to the underlying order natural patterns and processes imply, an attempt to cobble together a personalized view of the natural world through direct experimentation.

Petranek’s work has been exhibited in the U.S., Canada and China. His video and photographic work are currently included in Beyond/In Western New York, Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s biennial on view through December. His genetic-themed installation work is also on view at Robert’s Wesleyan University’s Davidson Gallery in Rochester, NY till October. His Fossils series was included in the book Water published in 2009 by Alphabet City Media and MIT Press and exhibited as part of Circuit Gallery’s inaugural exhibition in Toronto. Stefan spoke at the 2008 Society of Photographic Education’s national conference on the Subject of Science in Contemporary Art.

He resides in Indianapolis where he is an Assistant Professor at Herron School of Art & Design.

 

Brent Aldrich

Brent Aldrich is a teaching artist from Indianapolis. He has a BFA in Photography and Art History from the Herron School of Art. His own artwork utilizes drawing and photographic process, video, and installations; he currently teaches for Herron Community Learning Programs and the IMA, and is a project manager at Englewood Community Development Corporation, a not-for-profit in his neighborhood on the Near Eastside.

 

Ellen W. Lee

Ellen W. Lee is the Wood-Pulliam Senior Curator at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. A specialist in French and Belgian Post-Impressionism, she is a co-curator of Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard. In the course of her long career with the IMA, Lee has been responsible for some of the institution's most outstanding achievements, including organizing the 1990 exhibition Seurat at Gravelines: The Last Landscapes, and the 1998 landmark acquisition from the renowned Josefowitz collection of 17 paintings and 84 prints of the Pont-Aven School, led by French Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin. An Indianapolis native, Lee received her BA in Art History from Smith College.

 

Rebecca Long

Rebecca Long is Assistant Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Rebecca came to the IMA as the Allen Whitehill Clowes Fellow in 2008, and prior to that held a Theodore Rousseau Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Rebecca holds an MA in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she is currently completing a PhD.

 

Petra Slinkard

Petra Slinkard is the Curatorial Associate in the Department of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and an Adjunct Professor of Fashion Design and Retail Management at the Art Institute of Indianapolis. A graduate of Indiana University, she serves on the board of the Midwest Region of Costume Society of America, works closely with the IMA's Fashion Arts Society, and is an active member of Pattern.

 

Tad Fruits

Hadley 'Tad' Fruits is an Indianapolis native and resides in Brownsburg, Indiana. He received a BFA in Photography from Herron School of Art and an MFA in Photography from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. With a twenty-one year tenure as a photographer at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Tad has contributed over 200,000 images in support of the museum's mission to serve the creative interests of its communities. His work continues to appear online and in print, with photographs in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Modernism Magazine, Art in America, and IMA produced publications.

 

Kris Arnold

Kris Arnold is a freelance photographer in Indianapolis. His work has been featured in SPIN, Terrorizer, and Verbicide Magazine. Finding beauty in obscure places is one of his driving inspirations in photography. Besides his freelance work as a photographer, Kris is also a web developer at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where he focuses on writing software for the museum's online efforts.