A World Imagined, Silver Eye Center for Photography | Kelli Connell

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Kelli Connell, Head to Head, 2008

Congratulations to Texas Woman’s University Alumna, Kelli Connell, for having her work included in a two person exhbition, A World Imagined. The exhibition is at Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA, from April 3 – June 13, 2015. There is an closing reception Saturday, June 13, 2015, at 6:00 PM.

Exhibition: April 3 – June 13, 2015

Closing Reception: Saturday, June 13, 2015 | 6:00 PM

A World Imagined features the work of Kelli Connell (Chicago, IL) and Sara Macel (Brooklyn, NY) who each explore the emotional and psychological terrain of personal relationships. Each artists’ projects offer opportunities to reflect on authorship, on photographic construction, and on ways in which we define relationships through our subjective experiences of them. Kelli Connell’s photographs in Double Life invent a relationship that visualizes, through digital manipulations, questions around intimacy and identity; Sara Macel’s May the Road Rise to Meet You is a collaborative examination of her relationship with her father at the end of his career.

The exhibition is organized by Leo Hsu, adjunct professor, Carnegie Mellon University, writer, and photographer, and David Oresick, Executive Director, Silver Eye Center for Photography.


Kelli Connell’s (b. 1974) body of work entitled Double Life has been widely received and included in numerous national solo and group exhibitions. Her work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Microsoft, The Haggerty Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Dallas Museum of Art. Publications include MP3: Midwest Photographers’ Publication Project (Aperture and The Museum of Contemporary Photography), Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography (Phaidon) and Photo Art: The New World of Photography (Aperture). Connell’s first full-length monograph entitled Kelli Connell: Double Life was released by DECODE Books in August 2011.

Sara Macel (b. 1981) received her MFA in Photography, Video & Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in 2011 and her BFA in Photography + Imaging from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2003. Her work has been internationally exhibited and is in various private collections, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Harry Ransom Center, and the Center of Photography at Woodstock. Her recent honors include Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward, Top 50 Photographer’s in Photolucida’s Critical Mass Award, and she was named a winner in the New York Photo Festival. In 2012, Sara received the Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant from the Aaron Siskind Foundation. Her first monograph, May the Road Rise to Meet You, was published by Daylight Books in 2013, and a traveling exhibition of that work was shown in solo shows in 2014 at the Center for Photography in Woodstock and the Houston Center for Photography before coming to Silver Eye. She recently self-published a book of her series titled Kiss & Tell. In addition to her freelance work, Sara currently teaches photography at SUNY Rockland and was an artist-in-residence at The Wassaic Project in upstate New York.


Leo Hsu is an instructor in the photography program at Carnegie Mellon University, and holds a PhD in Anthropology and a Certificate in the Program in Culture and Media from New York University. His writings appear in the online magazine Fraction (fractionmagazine.com). His previous collaborations with Silver Eye Center for Photography include HomeFrontLine: Reflections on 10 Years of War Since 9/11 (2011) and No Job No Home No Peace No Rest: An Installation by Will Steacy (2012).


Talk-tails: Closing Reception for A World Imagined
WHEN: Saturday, June 13, 2015, 6:00 pm
WHERE: Silver Eye Center for Photography, 1015 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Join us for a casual evening of photography and cocktails. A World Imagined curator Leo Hsu will be here to talk about the work of Kelli Connell and Sara Macel, while guiding guests through the exhibition and inspiration behind the work. Sip on a delicious cocktail generously provided by Pittsburgh’s own Wigle Whiskey and enjoy this last chance to see A World Imagined. A closing reception for the exhibition will follow the talk.
Suggested donation $5.00


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.