Hold Up Half the Sky Exhibition

Visit DCP’s Community Gallery to enjoy the work of women photograhers using a wide array of processes.

June 10 – July 1

Opening Reception: June 10 from 6-8pm. Free – RSVPs are encouraged.

Gallery Hours: Wednesdays – Fridays 11am – 5pm, and by appointment.

Join us in the DCP community gallery to view the work chosen for the Hold Up Half the Sky juried competition and exhibition.

As part of DCP’s year dedicated to Women in Photography, our summer open call was designed to celebrate and shine a light on work being created today by women from diverse backgrounds and geographies. Today, women are commanding significant recognition for their profound storytelling and ways of seeing and understanding the world. These stories are important, and their photographs reflect an expanded and exciting time in photography. For Hold Up Half the Sky, our highly esteemed juror Aline Smithson sought work by ALL WOMEN regardless of age, experience, education, race, sexual orientation, or location with the goal of creating an exhibition that reflected a broad array of approaches to creating photographs.

The gallery is free and open to all!

Prizes were awarded to the following:
1st Place: Emily Buckley
2nd Place: Pamela Chipman
3rd Place: Linda Plaisted

The complete list of exhibiting artists:
Emily Buckley | Julie Buteux | Jo Ann Chaus | Pamela Chipman | Barbara Ciurej + Lindsay Lochman | Ashleigh Coleman | Norma Córdova | Reese Cowan | Donna Dangott | Dora Duan | Teri Figliuzzi | Lily Glass | Dina Goldstein | Susan Gordon | Charlotta Hauksdottir | Carol Henry | Ximena Hinzpeter | Susan Isaacson | Barbara Kalina | Jean Karotkin | Sandra Klein | J. K. Lavin | Serena Lee | Chantal Lesley | Roberta Mangini Glisson | Vanessa Marsh | Ania Moussawel | Carlota Nurse | Marcy Palmer | Laurie Peek | Linda Plaisted | Lori Pond | Carole Rey | Jane Lena Schulman | Rebecca Sexton Larson | Dafna Steinberg | Sal Taylor Kydd | Beatriz Terrazas | Leanne Trivett S. | MG Vander Elst | Becky Wilkes | Kinga Zgirska

Photo Credit: Emily Buckley, Self Portrait, Exhaustion, 1st Place Winner
Photo Credit: Teri Figliuzzi, Grace
Photo Credit: Ashleigh Coleman, Scooter Bike Skates
Main Photo Credit: Julia Buteux, The Weaver’s Dilemma 

Aline Smithson is a visual artist, editor, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. She is best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore the performative potential of photography. Growing up in the shadow of Hollywood, her work is influenced by the elevated unreal. She has exhibited widely including over 40 solo shows at a variety of international institutions and her work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and PDN.

Smithson is the Founder and Editor- in-Chief of Lenscratch, a daily journal on photography. In 2012, she received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community and she also received the prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER. In 2014 and 2019, Smithson’s work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50. In 2015, the Magenta Foundation published her first significant monograph, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography, and in 2016, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum commissioned Smithson to create a series of portraits for the upcoming Faces of Our Planet Exhibition. In 2018 and 2019, her work was exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in London as part of the Taylor Wessing Prize. Kris Graves Projects published her book, LOST II: Los Angeles and included her work in SOLACE and On Death. Peanut Press released her monograph, Fugue State, in Fall of 2021. In 2022, Smithson was recognized as a Hasselblad Heroine.