Art has always been a fixture in travel photographer Cassandra Gray’s life.

From a young age, she was known to use her parent’s flip phones as cameras, or use the simple “point and click” cameras throughout her middle school and high school years.

During her time at the University of Denver, Gray said a friend saw something special in her and gifted her an old DSLR camera.

Like many photographers, she learned through trial and error.

“I first had to work with angles and poses,” Gray said, explaining that with only her “point and shoot camera,” she couldn’t learn settings early on in the learning process.

In college, Gray took a lot of walks for inspiration as she learned new settings.

“I took a photography class in college. That professor taught us that every kind of photography was art,” Gray said.

“You don’t have to have a nice camera to

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Psychotherapist Helen Kornblum has collected works by women photographers for decades. Now, she’s donated 100 of these images to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.

As Cassie Packard reports for Hyperallergic, the 76 artists featured in the collection include early Modernists, photojournalists and experimental artists active today. Kornblum made the donation in honor of Roxana Marcoci, MoMA’s senior curator of photography; in a statement, the collector praises Marcoci’s “brilliant writings and exhibitions often about women artists.”

Marcoci, for her part, says in the statement that “[t]he collection raises a whole set of questions.”

She adds, “How do we go about unsettling established art historical narratives? Unfixing the canon? Researching counter-histories? This gift offers the perfect platform to examine women photographers’ self-agency within a diversity of artistic strategies and activate new readings about their contributions to contemporary culture.”

Susan Meiselas, A Funeral Procession
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The “Call for Entries” has been issued by the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts juried fine art exhibition, Images 2021. This year, the exhibition will be an online event due to “coronavirus uncertainty.”

Eligible work for Images 2021 includes drawings, paintings, mixed media, photography, hand-pulled prints, watercolors, fiber, paper and digital art. Digital images of original work produced within three years ago will be accepted as well.

Submissions are open to artists whose primary residence in Pennsylvania. Adults and students between the ages of 16 and 26 are encouraged to apply.

Artists can win up to $1,800 in prizes, which include merit awards, best of show, best pastel, best drawing, best photograph and best student submission.

The juror for the exhibition will be Betsey Batchelor, an artist and teacher in Philadelphia. Batchelor is an associate professor at Arcadia University and is the head of the area of Painting

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Art lovers throughout the world cherish the photographs and paintings of Patricia Izzo-Kulczycki, but perhaps nowhere was she more appreciated than in her own backyard.

Surrounded by family members, Izzo-Kulczycki died Feb. 12, 2021, after battling a 15-month illness. She was 72.

The owner of Patricia Izzo Fine Art Photography Studio/Gallery, she was regarded as a pillar in the Wyandotte and Downriver arts communities.

Born on Sept. 22, 1948, in Detroit, her family moved to Southgate when she was still a child. She graduated from Schafer High School and then went on to earn her bachelor of fine arts degree and masters of arts degree from Northern Michigan University in painting and photography.

Her husband, Stan Kulczycki, recalls that he met the love of his life at a party his brother threw in 1979. The couple married on Jan. 7, 1983, and moved to Wyandotte.

Outside of her career in

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