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In conjunction with MacDowell Medal Day, which this year will honor notable American fine-art and documentary photographer Nan Goldin, Sharon Arts Center will present an exhibition of photographs by Goldin and a group of photographers whose work will explore the dialogue of life. The exhibit, held in creative collaboration with the New Hampshire Institute of Art and sponsored by Sequoya Technologies Group LLC, will run from Aug.10 through Sept.1, with an opening reception on Friday, Aug.10 from 5-7 pm. The reception is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

“We are honored to be able to share the work of renowned photographer Nan Goldin, who only recently was able to give clearance to sharing her beautiful and raw work in this unusual, provocative and powerful exhibition,” said Sharon Arts Executive Director Keri Wiederspahn.”The celebration of a MacDowell medalist is a worthy way to highlight achievement of the artistic talents passing through our region, with the spirit of the show clearly defining photography as a substantive creative medium in New England. The caliber of talent runs deep throughout, and this varied show offers much to the viewer–the several emergent photographers are in very good company, yet certainly hold their own.”

Michael Williamson photo

Michael Williamson photo

Goldin, who began photographing at the age of 15, received a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work has been published extensively and she is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres from the French government, and the Hasselblad Award in Photography. She is represented by Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, and her work has been exhibited at significant institutions worldwide, including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro; and the Whitney Museum, New York.

Several of Goldin’s most notable photographs, as well as some of her most recent work, will be on display.

Exhibiting along with Goldin is two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Michael Williamson, a staff photographer for the Washington Post and named Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association in 2000. Williamson will exhibit 12 of his most recent explorations of the past two months from his travels on the road across several Western states.

In addition, participating artists include well-known New England photographers Beverly Conway, Robert Sargent Fay, Doug Prince, and Gary Samson, as well emerging photographers Gabrielle Gergler, Lindsay McBride, Lindsey Vladyka, and Justin Schwartz.

“The artists selected for this show all use photography in a deeply personal way to explore a variety of subject matter including relationships, physical illness, aging, self-image, the extended singular portrait and childhood memories,” said guest curator Gary Samson. “This show will promote both an external and internal dialogue about photography and the visual and emotional journey the viewer is invited to participate in and respond to. Each body of work is each in its own way, a visual diary.”

Samson is Chair of the Photography Department at New Hampshire Institute of Art. An accomplished fine art photographer, filmmaker, and photo educator, his work is included in the permanent collections of the Currier Museum of Art, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, the State of New Hampshire, the Art Galleries at the University of New Hampshire as well as private collections.


For more information call (603) 924-7676. The Sharon Arts Exhibition Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Nan Goldin - Nan and Brian in bed, NYC. 1983 Cibachrome 20x24 inches

Nan Goldin - Nan and Brian in bed, NYC. 2003 Cibachrome 20x24 inches


© Nan Goldin, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery



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