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ReRuns: The 2019 DOG Exhibition


FIRST PLACE WINNER ©Grace Chon, Healer, Los Angeles, CA

Jurying an exhibition is never an easy task. Perhaps this because I know what it feels like to be on the other side. I know the sting of submitting work for an exhibition I truly believed I was right for, only to not be accepted. With this in mind, I would like to share my selection process, and a few thoughts on what I was looking for while jurying this exhibition.

Dogs are creatures I adore. I often wonder what it would be like to express myself with a tail, or long ears. I love dogs joyful spirits. I love their earnest and soulful expressions. I love their capacity for acceptance and forgiveness. And ultimately, I love the companionship of a dog. When I am in a dog’s presence, I feel a sense of belonging and unity, and for that I am always grateful. In jurying this exhibition, I made selections based on two components. First, I looked for portraits that honored the subjective things that I love about dogs—their exuberance, unabashed display of emotion, loyalty, and love. Secondly, I looked for images that were well composed, made use of light and color, and expressed something unique about the artist and subject through photography. The selections here have both of these two criteria—each photograph exquisitely expresses the qualities that endear me to dogs while also serving as aesthetically and technically sound photographs.Shannon Johnstone

Shannon Johnstone received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and MFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her project, “Landfill Dogs”, has been featured in national and international exhibitions and magazines, and was most notably on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, and Johnstone’s artwork has been exhibited in solo shows in Chicago, Rochester, New Orleans, Raleigh, and Durham. She has been included in group shows throughout the United States, as well as internationally in China, Germany, France, Taiwan, and Thailand. She has been a Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist six times (2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2010, and 2009), and she is the recipient of several grants including two Culture and Animals Foundation Creativity Grants (2014 and 2019). Her first book, “Landfill Dogs”, came out in November 2015. Johnstone is a tenured professor at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.


Honorable Mention © Janet Holmes, Unbowed, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Swimming Dog _Golden Retriever_ Skip Dean

Honorable Mention ©Skip Dean, Swimming Dog- Golden Retriever, Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada


Honorable Mention ©Tee Chandler, 3-Legged Dog, Portsmouth UK

Sleddin' Eddie

©Beth Burstein, Sleddin’ Eddie, New Jersey

©Joy Bush, Mitchell

©Joy Bush, Mitchell, Wilton, CT

Amanda McMillan_DOG

© Amanda McMillan, You Gonna Eat That?, Durham, NC

Cyprus Paradise

@Angelika Oetker-Kast, Cyprus Paradise, Polemidia Shelter, Cyprus


©Anna Grevenitis, Mo, Brooklyn, NY


©Barbara Katz, Dusty in Dreamland, Los Angeles, CA


©Beth Dubber, Still Life, Inglewood, CA


© Bootsy Holler, Red Bone, Galion, OH


© Mallory Kates, Chama, Boulder, Colorado

Claire Mallett_Bailey (1)

©Claire Mallett, Bailey, Los Angeles, CA


© Ben Burfitt, Loki and Max, London, UK


©Connor Huff, Untitled, Dallas, TX


©Daniel Castonguay, Walking Brutus, Montreal, Canada


©David Burton,Vertical Ophie, Dallas, TX


© David L Fahey, Gibbs, Maryville, TN


©Deena Feinberg, The Assistant, Rhinebeck, NY


© Frank Mullaney, Finn, Provincetown, MA

Two dogs - playing on Pringle Bay beach 1999/2000 Graeme Williams

@Graeme Williams, Two Dogs, Cape Town, South Africa


©Gwendolyn Courtney, Girl and Shade, Portland, OR


©Heidi Clapp-Temple, Charlie Waits, Sandown, NH

Jacqui Kimberlin

©Jacqui Kimberlin, Breck, IG @bellaandbone or @wagtimepetservices


©Jake Romm, Untitled, Thessaloniki, Greece


©James Kuan, Now what?, Seattle, WA


© Jesse Ly, Theo, Cincinnati, OH


©Joseph O. Holmes, Mercer Street, New York, NY


© Kimberly Witham, Pillow Fight, Glen Gardner, NJ

Stray Dog Across  Yamuna River from Taj Mahal

©Kip Harris, Stray Dog Across Yamana from Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Sugar and Steve on Peter Moore's porch

©Lauren Grabelle, Faces, Polebridge, MT


©Linda Kuo, Tusker, Pound Ridge, NY


©Marcus Journey, Hank’s Birthday, Jackson, WY

Maureen Halderman_Sleeping on the Job

©Maureen Haldeman, Sleeping on the Job, Havana, Cuba

Michael Kirchoff

©Michael Kirchoff, Haley, Los Angeles, CA


©Michelle Elkins, My beloved Max, Los Angeles, CA


©Mike Whiteley, Maggie, Mission Wolf, CO


©Moishe Lettvin, Boulder CO


©Amo Passicos, Norhöto, Prades le lez, France


©October Donoghue, Belle, Sea Cliff, NY

Poodle sits in front of an old tree,

©Annie Omens, Oliver and the Pepper Tree, San Diego, CA


© Rick Ashley, Smile, Marblehead, MA


©Sandy Hill, Lady Lilly, Boxford, Massachusetts


©Tara Wray, Barnard, VT, 2016


©Alicia Rius Photography, The Neurotic, Los Angeles, CA


©Timothy W. Brown, Santa Barbara, CA


©Tim Scott/Scott Photo Co., Tommy, Bend, OR


©Tony Mendoza, St. Petersburgh Dog Beach, FL

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