Juror: Sheila Stafford
Stafford received her B.A. (1969) from University of Michigan and M.A. in Art (1976) from Central Michigan University and currently resides in Traverse City, Michigan. Since 1978 Stafford has been an Adjunct Photography Instructor at Northwestern Michigan College teaching Photography I & II college credit courses and Life Drawing I & II (current semester).
As an artist with a creative day job, Stafford is an avid supporter of traditional B&W Photo Processes and takes a very low tech approach to photography using a pinhole camera. But she also has a preoccupation with the figure and revels in capturing a gesture with line and perhaps a little color. For the past few years the adventure has been to combine the beauty of the drawn line with the alchemy of chemical darkroom photography. Some of these images are manipulated and archival toned silver gelatin prints created by combining contact printed line drawings with light, B&W photo paper and some rule breaking in the darkroom.
Both silver gelatin photographs and mixed media figure drawings have been included in numerous juried exhibitions including The Dennos Museum Regional Shows and Art Work Alliance May Shows. A founding member and coordinator of both the Figure On Saturday drawing group and Art Works Alliance artist group Stafford has endeavored to support the artistic pursuits of fellow artists in the Grand Traverse community.