Accompanying Image / Photo Example: 

Barry Andersen, Sheep and Standing Stone, Avebury, England, 1995, archival inkjet print, 10 X 12 1/2", courtesy of the artist

Notre Dame Academy · Frances Kathryn Carlisle Performing Arts Center and Gallery

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The Spirit of Light Award  

Barry Andersen: Sky, Earth, and Sea
Selections from 30 years of Landscape Photography 
October 1-October 31

Exhibition ReceptionAward Ceremony for 2012 Spirit of Light Award recipient Barry Andersen, and Lecture with Barry Andersen
Notre Dame Academy · Frances Kathryn Carlisle Performing Arts Center and Gallery
Wednesday October 17, 7 pm-9 pm 

Presented annually at the Notre Dame Academy, the Spirit of Light Award was initiated in 2011 by Fran Carlisle to honor individuals in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky who have made a lifelong commitment to the art and craft of photography. The award recognizes the individual's commitment to sharing, preserving, and enhancing the universal language of photography. Thomas R. Schiff was the 2011 Award recipient. 

For over 30 years 2012 Spirit of Light Award recipient Barry Andersen has made pictures of the land and sky, meditations on the interface of human activity on the land and the simple beauty of the sky and sea, two primal elements critical to life. Professor emeritus at Northern Kentucky University, Andersen began teaching at NKU in 1975, where he built a remarkable program teaching students the craft and aesthetics of the medium. Beginning with a small basement darkroom with a few B-22 enlargers, Andersen implemented the 1979 move to the Fine Arts Center where a community darkroom with 12 4X5 enlargers and 6 private darkrooms was put into operation. As the transition to digital technologies occurred Andersen and colleagues have moved to a program that is primarily digital with two dedicated digital classrooms and a print lab equipped with Epson printers. Over his tenure, Andersen brought such photography stars to NKU to lecture as Mary Ellen Mark, Nicholas Nixon, Emmet Gowin, William Coupon, Douglas Prince, Todd Walker, Anne Noggle, and Joe Jachna.

Andersen has lectured or served on panels at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Center, the Weston Gallery/Aronoff, the University of Dayton and Ohio State University. His photographs can be found in many public and private collections including the Bibliotheque national de France, Paris, New Orleans Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, University of Louisville, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts, A.T.&T, and Central Trust Bank.

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