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Syracuse's Shaner awarded one of three Light Work grants

The 35th Annual Light Work Grants in Photography were recently awarded to three Central New York residents. The selected artists are Karen Brummund, Laura A. Guth and Stephen Shaner. The Light Work Grants in Photography program is a part of Light Work's ongoing effort to provide support and encouragement to artists working in photography. For the past 35 years, Light Work has awarded grants to photographers, critics and photo historians who reside in Central New York. The grants also aim to foster an understanding and appreciation for photographic arts in the area.

The Light Work Grant is a fellowship that includes a $2,000 cash award, an exhibition at Light Work and publication in The Light Work Annual.

Light Work announced this year's grant recipients:

Karen Brummund, Ithaca, Tompkins County

Brummund creates time-based drawings of architecture, which are then used to create photographic and video art. She creates drawings of buildings, which are then enlarged digitally to the size of the building. The drawing is then printed in sections on small sheets of paper and attached to the front of the building, thus creating, in Brummund's words, "interlacing layers of the real and represented." Brummund then creates photographs and videos of the performative installation, which capture the exchange between the materials and buildings, and changes to the installation over time. Brummund is a visiting lecturer at Cornell University and a professor of studio art at the University of Rochester. She received her M.F.A. from the University of East London in the United Kingdom, and her B.S. from Taylor University in Upland, Ind. Her work has been exhibited internationally.

Laura Adams Guth, Manlius

Guth's large-scale color photographs closely investigate the macabre beauty and extreme detail of collectible, dolls such as those sold on television shopping networks like QVC. Her curiosity about this subject stems from the polarity with which these dolls are generally regarded--while many express finding them decidedly creepy, others feel strong endearment toward them. Her objective is to illuminate this difference of opinion by skirting the boundaries amid beauty and unease, adulation and deviancy. Guth is a photographer, multi-media installation artist and educator. She earned her M.F.A. in photography from the University of Oklahoma and B.A. in art history from the University of Maryland, European Division. She has exhibited internationally and has received numerous awards, including a fellowship with The Photography Institute. Guth currently lives and works in Manlius and teaches photography at Cazenovia College.

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