For someone who only recently took up photography, much less has begun to master the camera, and only a second-year member of The Center for Contemporary Arts, Peggy Shepherd’s work stands out.

Enough that two pieces were chosen for this year’s national juried competition, or CCAN.

Peggy Shepherd's "Tribute to Georgia O" is an archival digital enhanced work in this year's CCAN show. The subject is a rose.

Her pieces are titled “Woodpecker Symphony,” a closeup of a line of holes in a tree of variegated colors that reminded her of a progression of musical notes, and “Tribute to Georgia O,” developed on high gloss metal of a rose for which she used an editing program for enhancement.

Her 2020 work was “The Seasons of a Lily Pond,” in which she studied the changing of seasons to fall in the floating pads. 

It’s abstract, she said, maybe an amoebic shape, but the viewer still knows he or she is looking at lily pads.

About Peggy, about Scott

Dr. Jack Ramsey with Peggy Steadman Shepherd, who was chairperson of the American Cancer Society volunteer program "Road to Recovery" that began in 1985. Steadman today is a social worker with Hendrick Hospice Care.

Shepherd is a social

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This article is part of our latest Fine Arts & Exhibits special report, about how art institutions are helping audiences discover new options for the future.


During the pandemic, Isolde Brielmaier, curator at large at the International Center of Photography, began wondering how Black photographers were navigating that crisis — particularly as the battle for racial justice heightened after the murder of George Floyd and the 2020 presidential race played out.

So she picked five emerging photographers, all of whom live in the United States, who she said are “representative of a generation coming up today.’’ The result is “Inward: Reflections on Interiority,” an exhibition of 47 images that draws on the genres of self portraiture.

Included in the exhibition are works by Djeneba Aduayom, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Quil Lemons, Brad Ogbonna and Isaac West that go “beyond simply documenting the world in which they moved,” Ms. Brielmaier

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Visual Arts Center Of New Jersey's New Exhibitions To Focus On Work By Indigenous Artists

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (VACNJ) will open two new exhibitions on Saturday, October 9, that examine the interconnectivity of the human body, land, and water.

The Main Gallery show, The First Water Is the Body, takes its title from a poem by Natalie Diaz, which was published in her Pulitzer Prize-winning collection, Postcolonial Love Poem. The exhibition features multi-disciplinary work by Indigenous artists and makers from throughout North America and includes photography, video, sculpture, ceramics, basketry, beadwork, and textiles.

The show is curated by Maria Hupfield, an artist, educator, and member of the Anishinaabek Nation from Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, Canada. As Hupfield explains, “a visual compliment to Diaz’s text, the work in this exhibition accepts the body as the human form of water and that the fate of water is the fate of all people. Featuring the work of 16 electric and unapologetic makers that

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The COVID-19 pandemic may have ground her wedding photography business to a halt, but Allison Davis found another outlet for her creativity: landscape photography.

For Davis, a Texan who was just making connections and rebuilding her business in San Diego before the pandemic shut everything down last year, there were plenty of challenges. Those challenges led to something beautiful “revealed at the edge.”

‘Revealed at the Edge’ began as a personal project to create and grew into my first book and a hopeful series of coastal journeys of collections and books,” she says. “I wasn’t sure what I would come away with after photographing the West Coast for 30 days, but as I shot each day, I could feel a book unfolding more than just a handful of landscapes for a fine arts show.”

She’d tried to supplement her lost wedding income with real estate photography, but it was

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