chair : arm, bench, cathedra, saddle, recliner, rocking, throne, papasan, wicker, wing, club, adirondack, barber, café, bombay, Bauhaus, chaise, Eames, director’s, electric, hassock, butterfly, inflatable, high, lawn, tuffet, stool, folding, beanbag.
Many of us must have first memories of scooting from a festive throne, confident of toys.There is a Eugene Atget photograph of a lone chair out on a leaf strewn, heavy, balustraded Parisian veranda. There is a monument in Washington D.C. There is a story of Ulysses S. Grant trembling in Mathew Brady’s photography studio after a workman fell through a skylight and knocked him from his portrait chair. Rene Magritte painted a chair as a monument, as a man and as a seat for two lovers as fish. There are chairs for taking life and for blessing it. Jackie Kennedy sat smartly in chairs. Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp deciphered chairs. Warhol preferred stools. Mexican lovers move from sillas. I knew a guy once that made a chair out of rocks. Ed Sullivan watched a fellow and a lady balance each other on chairs. Ed Sullivan then let us all watch. Without chairs we would probably all eat at low tables. I sure miss my Granddad in his chair. My Aunt told me once about a lady that tripped over a little kid’s chair and never was the same. My brother put one of my little dollhouse chairs in the gold fish bowl – the fish seemed to like it. I like chairs.
Forty five to fifty images will be selected for exhibition and a Blurb full color catalogue of the exhibit with all the accepted entries will be available for purchase. Awards are $325 for Juror’s Award, $250 and an exhibition catalogue for Director’s Award, five Honorable Mentions each receiving an exhibition catalogue and $100 for Visitors’ Choice Award.
Creativity is encouraged.
O. Rufus Lovett will be the juror for "Chair". Rufus has been living in Longview, Texas for the past 36 years teaching photography at Kilgore College and working as a fine art and editorial photographer. In 2005 he was awarded Piper Professor from the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation in San Antonio for superior teaching at the college level. Lovett’s editorial work has appeared in Texas Monthly, People magazine, Gourmet, Marie Claire, Texas Highways and others.
The University of Texas Press at Austin has published two of his photographic books, Weeping Mary in 2006 and Kilgore Rangerettes in 2008. Most recently he has completed a new book with food writer Robb Walsh, BBQ Crossroads that will be released by The University of Texas Press in April 2013.
Lovett’s fine art photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas At Austin, the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, Alabama, the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican Photography in San Marcos, Texas, and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, Texas.