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A photographic narrative of “Treasured” possessions to stir a multitude of emotions for both their owners - and exhibit viewers.
A photographic narrative of “Treasured” possessions to stir a multitude of emotions for both their owners - and exhibit viewers.
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Each person has a “Treasured” possession representing love, pain, survival, or has the ability to stir a multitude of emotions for the individual. The hands and items combined become unique, poignant moments for not only their owners, but those fortunate enough to view these images.

In Their Loving Hands - Gerald R. Ford
In Their Loving Hands - Gerald R. Ford

The duo of photographer Stacy Niedzwiecki and writer Jeannie Gregory desire to portray not only the form, beauty and intricacies of hands, but how important they are to humanity.

Essential to everyday life, hands caress, toil, greet, soothe, clap, dig and clench, depending on one’s emotion. Hands are the first human element to welcome a newborn entering the world - and usually the last thing clasped when saying goodbye before joining the afterlife.

It is the story of what hands cradle through life that intrigues both artists. Not only the form of the human hand – with all its flaws, lines, scrapes and scars – but its ability to cradle objects essential to the person holding it.

The images shown here are representational of the works currently being created. The ongoing series of images will be photographed throughout the summer of 2014.

As with Niedzwiecki's previous ArtPrize 2009, 2010 and 2012 entries - the final exhibit will be designed to fit into the environment offered at our ArtPrize venue at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Therefore, no final measurements have been specified at this time.

The entry is meant to be shown as series / collage. We plan to produce 16-24 images. The final entry pieces will be custom-created just prior to hanging, and designed to fit the space requirements provided by Westminster Presbyterian.

The brick wall provided for our exhibit measures approximately 9' from floor to ceiling and 25 1/2' wide - therefore we need quite a few pieces of finished pieces to have the exhibit appear unified.
The future exhibit space - 26 ft. long
The future exhibit space - 26 ft. long

Fortunately, the venue has excellent lighting, so the funding will be used for the purpose of the artwork creation.

The images need to be professionally finished and mounted onto a brick surface. They must be reproduced on high quality photo paper, then presented on black gator board (or framed) in a manner suitable for this temporary exhibit. If the pieces are not framed, DuraCoat will need to be applied to protect the prints from potential handling by visitors.

The end treatment of the artwork will be determined based on final availability of funding available.Should we match or exceed our goals, we may consider higher-end treatment such as full framing.

We Remember
We Remember
Potter - In - Residence
Potter - In - Residence
Author Jeannie Gregory & Photographer Stacy Niedzwiecki
Author Jeannie Gregory & Photographer Stacy Niedzwiecki

Risks and challenges

Our project is extremely time-sensitive and must be completed no later than the first week of September. Because both Stacy and Jeannie are busy freelance business owners, our biggest challenge is finding the time to set up the photo sessions and interview our subjects.

Leaving our offices to go out and work on the exhibit actually creates a delicate balance between taking less freelance jobs - or working 24/7 to get the exhibit created around our client work.

Having this additional funding will help lessen the burden of expenses incurred from traveling to multiple locations - while being less available in our offices during the bulk of the project creation time.

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    A commemorative 12x18 poster featuring images in our 2014 ArtPrize exhibit.

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    One commemorative 5x7 signed print, matted to fit an 8x10 frame, in a single white mat.

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    One commemorative 8x10 signed print on high quality photo paper, matted to fit an 11x14 frame, in a single white mat.

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    One of the exhibited pieces from the actual 2014 ArtPrize entry. The majority of the exhibited images will be approximately 11x14 or 16x20 in size (* actual size may vary based on exhibit needs)

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