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WIDEOPEN: Excellence in Photography

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Over the years, the WideOpen: Excellence in Photography has presented remarkable pieces from established, emerging, and amateur photographers. For the upcoming 2024 biennale, a distinguished jury will meticulously choose photographs across various genres, to create an exhibition that epitomizes contemporary excellence in the field of photography.

WideOpen: Excellence in Photography, held biennially, is organized by The Dairy Barn Arts Center in collaboration with the Ohio University School of Visual Communication.

Sponsored by:

SONY, Ohio University School of Communication, Ohio University College of Fine Arts, Ohio Arts Council

Meet the Jurors for WIDEOPEN:

Robin Layton

During her 25 years as a photojournalist, renowned photographer Robin Layton has produced countless notable photographs and earned a place among the world’s top photographers. By age 24, she was honored by LIFE magazine as one of the eight most talented photographers in America. In 1991, her image of a young departing soldier embracing his daughter on the USS John F. Kennedy was used globally for ads including AT&T and the USO and was on the cover of LIFE magazine’s The Year in Pictures issue.
Her photo story on runaway teens in downtown Seattle was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Dakota Mace

Dakota Mace (Diné) is an interdisciplinary artist who focuses on translating the language of Diné history and beliefs. Mace received her MA and MFA in Photography and Textile Design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her BFA in Photography from the Institute of American Indian Arts. As a Diné artist, her work draws from the history of her Diné heritage, exploring the themes of family lineage, community, and identity. In addition, her work pushes the viewer’s understanding of Diné culture through alternative photographic techniques, weaving, beadwork, and papermaking.  

Ira Block

Internationally acclaimed National Geographic photographer, lecturer and workshop leader, Ira Block started taking pictures in high school and hasn’t stopped since. Ira can best be described as a cultural documentary photographer whose assignments have taken him to Australia, Cuba, Siberia, Myanmar, China, Japan, Mongolia, Bhutan, Nepal, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Tibet  and Morocco amongst others.

Our Committee:

Terry Eiler

Srijita Chattopadhyay

Daniel King

Gary Kirksey

Cassidy Brauner Jarrahi

Timothy Goheen

Keri Ann Wolfe

Leah Magyary

How to apply:

  1. Read the Rules/Prospectus
  2. Pay Entry Fee
  3. Submit up to 3 Artworks