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Exhibitions in 2008

First Annual Secondary School Student Photographer Exhibition

January 25–February 24, 2008

winnerThe Photography Center of the Capital District mounted its first annual student photography exhibition open to all secondary level students enrolled in schools in Rensselaer County. The exhibition and prize awards are sponsored by the Bette Kircher Memorial Photography Grant, in cooperation with the PhotoCenter.

The photo of student work (portrait of female face on magazine) was the grand prize winner by Melanie Berger of Maple Hill High School in the Schodack Central School District. whose art teacher is Theresa Hovish.

The exhibition was juried by David Brickman, noted area photographer, and Nicholas Argyros, Director of the PhotoCenter.

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First Annual College Student Photographer Exhibition

February 29–March 23, 2008

The Photography Center of the Capital District exhibited works by college students in its first annual Student Photographer Exhibition. An astounding show of almost 100 images was selected from 225 entries, with 78 students from eight regional colleges participating.

Students are gaining exposure to the capital district art community, in addition to exploring new ideas and techniques from others in surrounding colleges.


“Garden” by Stacy Milburn, College of St. Rose.
“The Grand Station” by Natt Phenjati, RPI

Show and awards sponsored by:

and Union and Sage Colleges.

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Ben Palmeri
The Yard: An Odyssey in Oxidation

March 28May 18, 2008

Visit Palmeri’s Web site — — to see more of his work.

This show will coincide with:

Rural Visions: Photographs of Country Life

March 28 – May 3, 2008

at The Chapel + Cultural Center at Rensselaer
2125 Burdett Avenue, Troy

Featured photographers: Chris De Marco • Jim Flosdorf • Laura Elise Glazer and Joe Putrock • Karen Halverson • Harry Wirtz • John Whipple

Hours: 8 a.m.–10 p.m. 7 days a week

Both Shows Curated by David Brickman

The Christos N. Apostle Charitable Trust is helping sponsor the Ben Palmeri exhibition.


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Joan Barker The Right of the People:
A Visual Look at the Second Amendment

May 23–July 6, 2008

Curated by Katherine Wright

Visit Joan's Web site — — to see more of her work.

Ms. Barker also has had solo exhibits at:

  • 2004 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY (also 2000)
  • 2004 Donskoj & Company, Kingston, NY
  • 2000 Francis Coburn Gallery, University of Vermont,
    Burlington, VT
  • 1995 OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
  • 1986 Photohozos, Athens, Greece

The Christos N. Apostle Charitable Trust is helping sponsor the Ben Palmeri exhibition.



Andrew Davidhazy Vision Beyond

July 11–August 10, 2008

Curated by Katherine Wright

Visit Davidhazy's Web site — — to see more of his work.

Andrew Davidhazy is a Professor of Imaging and Photographic Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Second Annual Members Exhibition

August 15–September 14, 2008

Last year we selected a total of 100 varied works from among the entries of 40 members to exhibit for our First Annual Members Show from October 15 to November 16, 2007. This year’s exhibit displays 85 varied works by 45 highly talented artists.

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“En Prive” (Behind Closed Doors)
Intimate Images by Charise Isis

September 19–November 2, 2008

isisCharise Isis was born in the United States and raised in New Zealand. While working in the world of exotic dance, she began studying photography, focusing initially on her colleagues as the subjects of her photographs. The Center for Photography in Woodstock, New York, recently hosted a solo exhibition of Isis' work.

Isis resides in Kingston, New York. Before working as a photographer, Isis worked for many years as an exotic dancer. During that time she took her camera and documented the strength, beauty and creativity of her colleagues. Her first book, American Stripper, is awaiting publication. Isis’ work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally including at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Massachusetts; Art Galerie, Siegen, Germany; and The Seattle Erotic Art Festival. Currently Isis specializes in Boudoir Portraits, claiming an international clientele. Her work challenges society’s impossible standards of beauty allowing women of all different ages, shapes and sizes and in varying transitional phases of life to be able to express their sensuality and beauty.

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Ken Ragsdale

November 7–December 30, 2008

Ken Ragsdale lives and works in Albany. He received a M.F.A. at the University at Albany, State University of New York, in 2005,. A painter, sculptor, and photographer, Ragsdale is ever-building a body of work based primarily on the exploration of the function and process of memory. Living in 14 different locations since birth, he was greatly affected by the ideas of impermanence and ephemerality, especially in relation to the accumulation of memories. Through his paintings, photographs and sculptural paper models, he explores both the physical space of places he remembers from his childhood as well as the figurative space of his memory.

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