Grovetown and Evans Georgia, Edgefield, Kinards, McCormick, Greenwood, Due West, Troy, North Augusta, and Aiken, South Carolina, will have one thing in common during the month of July. Artists from all of these areas will be displaying their photography at the 10th Annual Juried Photography Exhibit at the McCormick Arts Center at the Keturah (MACK). Opening on Friday, July 12th, the public will be treated to a reception from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with music and snacks to enhance the enjoyment of this very special photography. The show has been judged by Anderson Wrangle who hails from Houston, Texas, but now resides in South Carolina.
When Anderson was in high school he was fortunate to connect with David Vaselka, an English teacher with a love for photography. Vaselka formed a group of high school students who had an interest in photography, managed to create a dark room for their use, and Anderson fell so in love with the whole process that his teacher eventually gave him the key to the dark room. Soon after Wrangle earned his undergraduate degree from The University of the South he decided to move to Prague. It had been four years since the Berlin Wall had come down and there were opportunities to be found by teaching English there while immersing himself in a foreign culture. When he returned from a year in the Czech Republic, he resumed his formal education, earning his M.F.A. from from the University of Houston in 2001. He taught at the University of Houston as a visiting assistant professor for four years. Anderson is currently a tenured assistant professor in the Department of Art at Clemson University. He has exhibited in various shows around the world and has been the recipient of several educational research grants.
He was a finalist for the 2011 Clarence John Laughlin Award and a nominee for the Baum Award and ARTHouse Texas Prize in 2008. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro/Colecão, Joaquim Paiva, and many private collections. The work below is an example of a hand’s width, a solo exhibition by Anderson Wrangle as part of the 2012 Fotofest Biennial which is the largest and longest running U.S. photo festival.
While Anderson was in the process of judging he was asked how he evaluates such a diverse and professional group of art. He said the he first looks at everything and then pays attention to the pieces that stood out immediately. Then he re-looks again to evaluate those he did not understand. He emphasized that this judging is based on his views of the photography and then he makes “a territorial choice.” He said that selecting the top four entries was truly a tough choice. He found it exciting to look at so much concentrated work in which the artists have invested so much. As a professor of art he is constantly evaluating the creations of others, which gives him great enjoyment. He said that he is pleased with the quality of the entries and the range and sensibility of the subject matter in this 10th Juried Photography Exhibit. Based on Anderson Wrangle‘s professional opinion it is a show worth your time, so put the date on your calendar — July 12th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the MACK, 115 South Main Street, McCormick, SC — don’t miss it!