(c) Sybylla Smith 2018
J. SYBYLLA SMITH: Concept Aware: Enhance & Contextualize Your Work
Thursday, May 10th 11:00am – 6:00pm
This interactive workshop introduces a theoretical framework to tackle complicated concepts and clearly implement an inspired idea into impactful images. Participants ground and refine their creative practice with practical tools which enhance their image-making. Particular attention is given to how to contextualize one’s work.
This skill-building workshop offers photographers at all levels of experience an opportunity to apply imagination, expand perceptions and form a new basis for on-going practice. Utilizing the perspective of contemporary photography, the work of an international array of photographers is shared with the aim of analyzing content, structure and use of elements within the creative process. Focus is given to the myriad options and decisions inherent within creative practice.
Through small group work we increase individual awareness of pre-conceptions and assumptions and articulate how these often limit artistic vision and output. A roadmap of the creative process is defined, featuring distinct building blocks and offers guidance on how to advance through stages of creativity including idea formation, application and refinement.
Participants are encouraged to share examples of their work for presentation. The group will offer an informal critique reflecting the active use of specific creative elements seen at use. Each activity illuminates aspects of the participants creative practice while introducing further options for expansion and growth. The consistent goal of all exercises, activities and discussion is to strengthen and enrich the photographer’s unique visual voice.
Lunch is not included
J. Sybylla Smith has curated more than 25 solo or group exhibitions featuring over 80 international photographers in the U.S., Mexico and South America. Smith establishes relationships between photographers and institutions, including the Griffin Museum of Photography and the Steven Kasher Gallery, which result in solo exhibitions. She maintains close ties with an international array of galleries with the goal of creating exposure for photographers work.
Smith consults with arts organizations and university programs to develop exhibitions, educational programming and written content. An adjunct professor, guest lecturer and thesis advisor, Smith has worked with the New York City School of Visual Arts, Tufts/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Wellesley College, Harvard University, and Emmanuel College. She lectures and conducts workshops nationally on Concept Aware®, a unique creative framework for concept development.
Smith also consults individually with photographers to edit, sequence and contextualize projects and portfolios. She creates and writes exhibition proposals, artist statements and marketing material.