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NH Art Association Hosts 43rd Annual Parfitt Photo Exhibition with Jury

PORTSMOUTH — The New Hampshire Art Association presents its 43rd annual Jack Parfitt Juried Photo Exhibition during the month of August.

Located at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth, NH, this exhibit is one of the NHAA’s most high-profile exhibits of the year. It is held annually in honor of Jack Parfitt, one of the founders of the NHAA, to commemorate his photographic excellence.

This year’s theme is “New Work”. It’s easy to get into a photography rut – but then came COVID. Photographers were asked to reflect this in their photos. Hence the evocative theme.

This year’s juror, Stephen DiRado, chose 88 entries from 193 submissions.

DiRado is a professor of photography at Clark University. He has over 40 years of experience in the field of documentary photography and conceptual art.

He is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim in 2012 for his decades of documentary work on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. In 2018, he received a Bob and Diane Fund Award for “With Dad,” which documents more than 20 years of his father’s death from Alzheimer’s disease.

DiRado has also received four awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and three from the Massachusetts Artist Foundation.

First, second and third place awards, as well as honorable mentions, will be awarded at an opening reception on Friday, August 5 at the Levy Gallery, 136 State St., Portsmouth, from 5-8 p.m. Prizes will be announced at 6 p.m.

There will also be a Lotte Jacobi Prize presented by fine art photographer Gary Samson, New Hampshire’s seventh laureate artist and professor emeritus of photography at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Jacobi is widely regarded as one of the first 20th century photographers to photograph an impressive array of intellectuals, cultural figures and celebrities such as Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Frost, JD Salinger and Paul Robeson. Thanks to his support, photography was accepted into the NHAA as an art.

Gallery summer hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.