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The Snider Prize Celebrates Graduate Students in Photography

Posted by on May 1, 2015 | Contests/Events


Karen, Hotchkiss, Colorado, © 2014 Trent Davis Bailey

As part of an ongoing commitment to support new photographic talent, the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College in Chicago has awarded California College of the Arts MFA candidate Trent Davis Bailey with the 2015 Snider Prize. This annual purchase award, sponsored by Lawrence K. and Maxine Snider, is given to emerging artists as they leave graduate school. Bailey, who uses photography to piece together a map of his experience of The North Fork – a Colorado valley whose landscape and inhabitants inspire him to explore a complex terrain of memory and family, will continue this work over the summer during a a six month Artist-in-Residence at Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, Colorado.

“Paonia is one of a handful of towns in the North Fork Valley, where I’ve been working on this project,” says Bailey. “This residency will enable me to immerse myself in the community and make work over a longer period of time, following the growing season through the harvest. After the residency, I intend to work on a book and an exhibition of the work.”

Israeli artist Tal Barel, an M.F.A candidate in fine arts at Pratt Institute, and Canadian Rachelle Bussières, an MFA candidate at the San Francisco Art Institute, were both awarded honorable mentions. Bailey will receive $2,000, and Barel and Bussières will each receive $500 for the purchase of work to be added to MoCP’s permanent collection.

The Snider Prize accepts submissions from all MFA photography students in the final semester of their graduate studies. Best of all, it’s free to apply. For further details, click here.