The Winner of The Fomenar Prize is Announced


PRIZE 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ROME, ITALY: 2/12/2017

PhotoArtist Rich Smukler of the United States has been awarded  the first prize for his haunting image “Longest Night” taken at the Eastern State Penitentiary in his home town, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Smukler is one of 30 finalists for this coveted award. The exhibition of all 30 finalists will take place

From April 1 to April 14, 2017 (including the Easter week) at Arte Borgo gallery in Rome. The Arte Borgo gallery is located in Rome, in the heart of the Borgo district, a few steps from the Vatican city, a location which allows a considerable visibility to art lovers during the time of the year when Rome is most visited.

The opening reception will be held 4/1/2017 at Arte Borgo Gallery
Borgo Vittorio 25
ROMA – ITALY
Tel.: +39 06 44 61 945 at 18:00 h

A follow up Exposition of this work will be presented at Stilgalerie in Vienna, Austria 6/5/2017 through 6/16/2017. More information to follow.

To win this award one had to go through a two-tiered process. Firstly, the 30 finalists were selected from a highly respected jury of seven individuals. The remaining 30 finalists then voted amongst themselves as to whom the prize should be awarded. Smukler states, “to be selected by a jury of my piers is a special honor for me.”

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile).

Longest Night travels to Rome


PRIZE 2016

I am thrilled to announce that I will be one of 30 artists named as finalists. The opening reception will be held 4/1/2017 at Arte Borgo Gallery
Borgo Vittorio 25
ROMA – ITALY
Tel.: +39 06 44 61 945 at 18:00 h

Honorable Mention IPOTY - International Photogragy of the Year and Nominee International Color Awards

Longest Night – Eastern State Penitentiary

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile).

Oceanside Museum of Art features works of Rich Smukler


Arthur Marshall Preserve, Boynton Beach, Florida

Swampscape1

Fine Art and Landscape Photography in Florida

Swampscape #2

Two infrared images from Rich Smukler will be part of the upcoming Art Alliance at the Museum show which will take place between March 4 – August 27, 2017 at

TheOceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way
Oceanside, CA 92054

An Artists’ reception is scheduled for March 25, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00PM. If you have questions, please contact Katie Sanderson, OMA Exhibition Coordinator and Registrar, at (760) 435-3731, or email katie@oma-online.org.

Smukler’s images are part of a larger study recently published in The LandEscape Art Review (Anniversary Edition December 2016).

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile).

INCARCERATION Opens at OCCCA


Opening Reception: Saturday, February 4, 2017, 6-10pm

February 4 thru March 11, 2017

Curators: Pat Sparkuhl, Gregg Stone, Leslie Davis

Honorable Mention IPOTY - International Photogragy of the Year and Nominee International Color Awards

Longest Night – Eastern State Penitentiary

If you would seek vengeance above all else, be sure to dig two graves. – Greek proverb

The U.S. now confines more than 2.2 million people in its prisons. This amounts to 1.2% percent of its population, more than any other country and eight times more per capita than Russia. Our incarcerated citizens have become a shadow nation, hidden and often forgotten. This shadow nation is supported by a budget estimated at 64 billion annually, or nearly 6% of our gross national product. Incarceration has become a big and rigorously privatized business. Our current approach has produced a profitable if brutal cycle: poverty and the absence of economic opportunity funnel individuals into crime, prisons militate against rehabilitation, convicts re-offend following release, and after arrest are returned to prison as compliant recidivists. As a result, U.S. recidivism rates are now at 68% and increase every year. In this environment, it’s hard to tell where justice ends and vengeance begins.

“Longest Night” is part of a photographic essay of Eastern State Penitentiary recently published by LenCulture Magazine. Located in Philadelphia (Smukler’s hometown), Eastern State Penitentiary was once the largest and most expensive public structure ever erected, and quickly became a model for more than 300 prisons worldwide and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965. It was also known for some such infamous prisoners as Al Capone and Willie Sutton.

 

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile).

San Diego Museum of Art Show


Fine Art Landscape Photography by Rich Smukler

Sierra was taken in the Alabama Hills just outside Lone Pine, California.

Sierra will be presented at the upcoming San Diego Museum of Art‘s Documents and Pictures Show with exhibition dates running from February 1 thru February 28 at The Poway Center for the Performing Arts located at 15498 Espola Road, Poway, CA 92064. An Artists’ Reception will be held on February 4, 2-4 PM. The show is sponsored by The San Diego Museum of Art’s Artist Guild and is open to public. You can call (858) 668-4693 or email sdmaag@gmail.com with any questions about the show.

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile).

LandEscape Art Review features Rich Smukler


I am very proud to share this with you. For me, a wonderful way to start the new year. As always, I remain excited to share any questions or comments that you might have. Are there any images in the article that move you? And thank you all for following my work. It means a lot to me.

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile).

Davidson Glacier


located near Haines Alaska and recounted by John Muir in his travels around Glacier Bay.

Davidson Glacier, Alaska

Davidson was one of my favorite memories of 2016 despite the schlep to get there. From the cruise ship in Skagway, to a small boat, to a bus, to a hike and finally a kayak. Pshew! But believe me, it was worth it.

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile).