Elmira College Media Artist Lends Expertise to Annual Exhibit

Elmira College Media Artist Jan Kather judged the 35th Annual Photo Competition, an in-gallery and online show on exhibit through June 29. The show is sponsored by the State of the Art Gallery, a fine arts cooperative in Ithaca, New York.

As judge, Kather decided on ten prizes, with each recipient receiving $100. She also awarded three special mentions.

In her introduction, Kather wrote about the rise of generative artificial intelligence and fears among photographers that the technology will replace creative artists.

“Have we been unwittingly thrown into a war with technology?” she asks. “If so, the State of the Art Gallery’s 35th Annual Photography Show provides some promise that photographers aren’t despairing but, in fact, are winning the battle against generative AI. I applaud each of the entrants for their resistance to the generative tech trend. Every image in this show vibrates with individual vision and mastery of technique, in both analog and digital creations.”

Kather also explained her decisions and thoughts about each of the winning pieces. Her full commentary as well as a list of the prize winners can be found here.

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