Hi Chester Fields participants!

It’s not even the deadline and we’ve already got a tonne of amazing submissions. It’s going to be a stiff competition. That said, I’m not the one who has to make any tough decisions. That duty falls into the hands of three very capable jurors. It’s my pleasure to introduce them to you now.

Erik Hood

PL1_8599Erik Hood is the Associate Director at Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia. He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University (2006) and was one of the initial Chester Fields school liaisons back in 2008. Hood has worked with artists and curators on a variety of projects under the title of Hardscrabble since 2012.

Virginie Lamarche

VirginieLamarcheVirginie Lamarche is the co-founder and co-director of the Vancouver-based FotoFilmic organization. Global in reach, FotoFilmic is dedicated to supporting the practice of emerging and mid-career photographers still working on film and analogue media through traveling juried exhibitions, print and online publications as well as professional workshops. Its mandate consists in stimulating sociocritical dialogues all around the world on the place, role and future of material practices in contemporary photography while providing intercultural audiences greater exposure and appreciation for them. To date FotoFilmic has presented over 150 artists from 29 countries in Melbourne, Seoul, Los Angeles, New York, Boise and Vancouver with this year’s FOTOFILMIC17 edition scheduled to also open in Paris and Thessaloniki next fall.

Kelly Lycan

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Kelly Lycan is an installation and photo-based artist who resides in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Lycan’s work investigates the way objects and images are placed and displayed in the world, and the cycle of value they go through. Lycan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, the US and Europe. She also collaborated with the artist collective Instant Coffee from 2005-2015, a service-oriented, socially engaged collective that have exhibited extensively. In 2016, she was a recipient of the Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA Award.

Decision Day is Monday, April 23. Send your artwork along with your name, a title for your work, and a short statement, to j.ramsey@thepolygon.ca by tomorrow, April 20. (And no, “Chester Fields 2018” and “Bring To Light” do not count as artwork titles! Use your creativity!)