Fellowship 15: Projects, Silver Eye |Christopher Meerdo & Matthew Conboy

Photo Credits (left to right): Christopher Meerdo, Cataphote, 2014 & Matthew Conboy, Michael, 2014.

Fellowship 15: Projects by Christopher Meerdo & Matthew Conboy

Exhibition: January 16 – March 21, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, January 16, 2015 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Fellowship 15: Projects by Christopher Meerdo & Matthew Conboy features solo exhibitions from our International Award and Keystone Award winners, selected from an open call for entries in mid-2014.

International Award winner Christopher Meerdo (Chicago, IL) showcases work from a number of his projects, which explore notions of paranoia, entropy, and memorial through use of data processing, photography, installation, and moving images. Meerdo’s photographs ask the view to challenge their own ideas of objective awareness by altering the given landscape in dreamlike ways.

Keystone Award winner Matthew Conboy (Pittsburgh, PA) showcases Objects in mirror are closer than they appear, which documents a surreal 88-acre skate park located in rural southeast Ohio. Skatopia functions as a pilgrimage site for skaters from around the world, a refuge for young people looking for direction in their lives, and an anarchist commune. Through his photographs, Conboy wished to turn his camera away from the skaters, and instead search for the narrative threads that link the unique individuals portrayed in his images to each other and to the physical and cultural landscapes of southeast Ohio.

Now in its 15th year, Fellowship, our international photography competition, recognizes both rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe and from the state of Pennsylvania.

This year’s juror was Allison Grant, Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL.

For more information on the award winners, please visit our website.

Silver Eye is located at 1015 East Carson Street in Pittsburgh’s historic Southside. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

Silver Eye Center for Photography is generously supported by our members and individual donors and by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, the Donald and Sylvia Robinson Family Foundation, The Fine Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, the Henry John Simonds Foundation, the Irving and Aaronel deRoy Gruber Charitable Foundation, The Laurel Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Sprout Fund and the William Talbott Hillman Foundation.