Local artists and photographers entered more than 100 photographs into the Auburn Arts Association’s Photo XI photo exhibition at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center.

“This is one of our most popular shows,” said Margaret Gluhman, exhibition coordinator.

The show features 38 works by 28 photographers, Gluhman said.

Frank Uhlig, professor of mathematics at Auburn University, is one of the 28 photographers.

Uhlig said he has been interested in photography since he was 10 and has entered in contests as far away as Delaware.

Uhlig said he looks at the top 30 percent of works to see which trends are popular.

“I look for what startles me,” Uhlig said.

Christy Stanfield, who received a jurors award last year, had one entry, called “Swimmers,” this year.

“I enjoy seeing how my work stacks up against others,” Stanfield said.

John B. Shadrick and Hank Siegel, award winners from previous shows, traveled from Birmingham for their fifth awards reception.

“This is a good regional show with good competition,” Shadrick said.

Shadrick’s work, “Harvest Corn,” won a $100 merit award.

Siegel’s work, “Door #1- 5th Avenue West,” won the purchase award. The photograph will become part of the Auburn Arts Association’s Collection of Works on Paper.

Siegel described his work as a possible entrance to the “swankiest crack house in Birmingham.”

The photo is of a brightly colored door, which comes from a “questionable” neighborhood in Birmingham, Siegel said.

The exhibit showcased several types of works, including digital prints, computer-generated works, gelatin prints, giclee prints, pigment prints, archival pigment prints, digital raw images and others.

“It’s one of our favorite shows, and it is different every year,” said Sara Hand, cultural arts director for Auburn’s Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center.

The photo exhibit is on display until Nov. 30.


This article was originally posted on The Auburn Plainsman on 10/29/2009.

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