BRISTOL, VA - Joe Champagne, Virginia Intermont professor of photography and digital imaging, is one of 33 artists selected for an international photography exhibition in Asheville, N.C. titled, "Road." The event, hosted by Castell Photography Gallery and curated by W.M. Hunt, closes Nov. 24 at the gallery, 2C Wilson Alley, Asheville, N.C. Champagne will exhibit his image, Cattle Guard, Dirt Road; AZ.
Hunt, a prominent collector, curator and consultant chose 36 works by 33 artists out of more than 600 entries received. The 36 works represent each artist's interpretation of the exhibition theme, "Road."
"The road can be personal: a psychological or spiritual passage. Or it can be literal. The range is from transcendence to travel. It can take place in your head or in your backyard or in your car," says Hunt.
A Juror's Choice Award and a Gallery Choice Award will be given. All chosen entries will be featured at Castell Photography for six weeks and on the gallery's website for one year.
W.M. Hunt, based in New York City, is the author of The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious. This monumental book is based on his 40 years as a collector. Approximately 500 images from Hunt's personal collection were also exhibited at the George Eastman House, Rochester, N.Y., one of the largest in its history.
He is a longtime adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, New York, N.Y., and he has been on the boards of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, AIPAD, Photographers + Friends United Against AIDS, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. He has been profiled in The New York Times, PDN, The Art Newspaper and many blogs.
As a dealer, he founded the prominent gallery Hasted Hunt (New York, N.Y.) after many years as director of photography at Ricco/Maresca gallery.