About the Judge
Jeff Whetstone, Professor of Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts
Jeff Whetstone’s photographs and films imagine rural America through lenses of anthropology and mythology. Whetstone’s Post-Pleistocene photographs illuminate the depths of wild caves in Alabama and Tennessee, where layers of human markings reveal millennia of cultural evolution. His ongoing New Wilderness project portrays a human-centric American wilderness and questions how our cultural connection to the mythology of the wild is revealed in contemporary times. Whetstone’s work interrogates the stereotypes of rural people--ignorance, poverty, and self-destruction--and explores the complicated bond between people and the landscape. Whetstone’s photographs investigate the role gender, geography, and heritage play in defining the human position in the natural world.
Over the course of his academic career, Whetstone has been the recipient of numerous prizes, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. Whetstone’s work has been exhibited internationally and has received reviews in The Village Voice, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Los Angeles Times. Whetstone first exhibited video work in 2011 when his experimental narrative short, On the Use of Syrinx, premiered at the Moving Image Festival in New York. A second exhibition in 2011 at Julie Saul Gallery titled Seducing Birds, Snakes, and Men introduced Whetstone’s work in animation, 16mm film, and video to a wide audience. He is represented by Julie Saul Gallery in New York, and Karyn Lovegrove Gallery in Los Angeles. Whetstone earned his M.F.A. from the Yale School of Photography in 2001, where he was the recipient of the George Sakier Prize for Photography.
2013-2015: Emmet Gowin, Professor of Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts, Emeritus.
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2011-2012: Allan Macintyre, Lecturer in Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts,
2010: Joel Smith, former Curator of Photography at Princeton University Art Museum (currently, curator of photography at the Morgan Library) (2010)
2008-2009: Andrew Moore, former Lecturer in Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts. See http://www.andrewlmoore.com/