Monday, June 9, 2008
In praise of Lissa Rivera
In keeping with my last "In praise of" themed post, I am proud as a peach of Lissa Rivera. Lissa is one of our former PRC interns, former AIB student, and a 2nd year MFA student at SVA - and now, a friend. The curious sort and ever the hard worker, Lissa always asks a lot of questions. Lissa is a fellow western/central New Yorker, and thus we have always bonded on our common upbringing.
Watching Lissa's career has been like watching a skyrocket. I am humbled to have witnessed it from the ground floor. In April 2005, I showcased Lissa's work on school on our emerging online gallery, Northeast Exposure Online (NEO). The print that Lissa donated to our auction in 2006 was so popular that she was invited to be in our print program and found a gallery. Last year, I nominated Lissa as a woman to watch for the state of Massachusetts, and she was selected. You can see her work now through June 15th at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Lissa entered Duke's Center for Documentary Studies' competition - 25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers - and was selected by juror Sylvia Plachy. The book, which also includes NEO alumna Irina Rozovsky, was just released this spring by powerHouse books. Both couldn't be nicer.
Lissa recently emailed me her new blog - her new work BLEW me away! From documentary-based images of high schools, both public and private, as well as colleges, both community and greek life (viewable on her web site)....to the below? We are always hungry for new work, and Lissa delivered....keep it up and congratulations. Emerge away!
ABOVE: The cover of 25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers (image is not Lissa's work)
BELOW: Lissa Rivera, self-portraits, from here