The National: Best Contemporary Photography 2015

October 03, 2015 - January 03, 2016

October 3, 2015 – January 3, 2016

The exhibition is a hybrid invitational and juried exhibition, anchored by famous photography standouts Matthew Albanese, Gillian Laub, Kirsty Mitchell, Ian Ruhter, and Nick Veasey. as well as the work of dozens of talented photographers from across the country pushing the boundaries of the medium with adventurous techniques and original subject matter.

In terms of aesthetic quality, technical innovation, and cultural relevance, contemporary photography has increasingly proven its dominance as a 21st Century art form.  This new biennial exhibition features prominent invited artists and juried entrants with the intention of showcasing the finest work being created or exhibited in the nation.

Invited Artists

Matthew Albanese Gillian Laub Kirsty Mitchell Ian Ruhter Nick Veasey


Juried Artists

Chris Bennett Al Knight Ivette Spradlin
Todd Bradley Jack Long Paul Thulin
Pamela Landau Connolly Pete McCutchen Julie Tu
Jason DeMarte Ricardo Nagaoka Jessica Ucul
Virgil DiBiase Laura Noel Gabriele Viertel
Steven J. Duede Min Kim Park Ira Wagner
Carl Glassman Antonio Pulgarin Arturo Yañez
Garin Horner Camilo Ramirez Anna Yeroshenko
David Johnson Mark Roemisch Hyounsang Yoo
Michael Joseph Peter J. Schulz Jane Yudelman

This exhibition is sponsored by PNC Bank and the National Endowment for the Arts.

October 22, 6:30pm: Distinguished Lecture Series with Jeffrey Wolin
Jeffrey Wolin completed his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and holds and a BA from Kenyon College in Ohio. After college Wolin worked for two years as a forensic photographer in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Wolin is currently Professor of Photography at Indiana University, and is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts the Guggenheim Foundation.  Wolin will discuss the National in light of his experiences as a scholar and artist in the field as well as share with the audience aspects of his personal projects. $5 Memebrs / $10 Non-Members. Let us know you’re coming at fwmoa.org/rsvp or call 260.422.6467.

October 31, November 28, and December 26: Last Saturday Dollar Days
Enjoy this exhibit and the rest of the Museum for only $1 per person!

November 6, 6-9pm: Fall Party
Celebrate The National and all Fall exhibits with a night of art, music, food, and friends! Enjoy gourmet edibles and cash bar by Hideout 125 and live music by West Central Quartet. $5 Members / $12 Non-Members. Let us know you’re coming at fwmoa.org/rsvp.

December 3: Curator’s Tour
President & CEO and Chief Curator Charles Shepard will take you on a tour of The National. From his specialized and personal point of view, Shepard offers a unique perspective as the visionary for all exhibitions at FWMoA. Free with gallery admission.