25 May 2010

Verve Gallery Artist David Scheinbaum Receives 2010 Governor’s Award for Photography and Art Education

Verve Gallery of Photography is pleased to announce gallery artist, David Scheinbaum, has been selected for the 2010 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts for Photography and Art Education. New Mexico’s highest artistic honor was announced May 5, 2010 by Governor Bill Richardson and First Lady Barbara Richardson, along with the New Mexico Arts Commission, and presented to ten artists and arts supporters.

The 2010 Governor’s Arts Awards ceremonies will be held on Friday evening, September 24, 5:15 to 7:00 pm at the St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. The ceremony is preceded by an afternoon reception and exhibition opening, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, in the Governor’s Gallery, 4th Floor, State Capitol. Both the awards ceremony and gallery reception are free and open to the public. Exhibition at Governor’s Gallery in conjunction with the awards ceremony.

“I am honored to pay tribute to some of New Mexico’s finest artists and art supporters through the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts; these men and women have made major contributions to our economy, tourism industry, education and quality of life,” said Governor Richardson.

The Governor's Arts Awards were established in 1974 by Governor Bruce King and First Lady Alice King to celebrate the extensive roles – both economic and cultural – that artists, craftspeople and arts supporters play in the life of New Mexico. During its 37-year existence, a diverse and prestigious list of painters, weavers, sculptors, dancers, musicians, storytellers, poets, actors, playwrights and potters have been honored. Nominations for the awards are invited each year from arts groups and interested New Mexicans. All nominations are reviewed by a committee of the New Mexico Arts Commission, which sends its recommendations to the full Commission and to the Governor and First Lady.

Photographer and teacher David Scheinbaum of Santa Fe has been making photographs since 1974 and teaching his art form since 1979 at the College of Santa Fe and with numerous photographic workshops. He is currently professor/chair of the Photography Department and director of the Marion Center for Photographic Arts at the College of Santa Fe.

Scheinbaum is also respected as an authority on the art and history of photography. He worked with the preeminent photo historian Beaumont Newhall from 1978 until Newhall’s death in 1993 and continues as co-executor of his estate. In 1980, he and his wife Janet established their Santa Fe photography gallery, Scheinbaum & Russek Gallery, Ltd. Today, the gallery, which represents the estates of both Newhall and Eliot Porter, continues to show the work of photographers such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Minor White, Sebastiao Salgado, Laura Gilpin, Willard Van Dyke, Walter Chappell and many others.

His own photographs are represented in public collections throughout the world, including the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas; Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida; Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; J. Paul Getty Museum in Santa Monica, California; the Bibliotech Nationale in Paris, France; and the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. His books include Stone: A Substantial Witness and Images in the Heavens, Patterns in the Earth: The I Ching, both published by the Museum of New Mexico Press.

Scheinbaum’s current photographic work concentrates on documenting Hip-Hop music and culture. An exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in February 2008 was titled, Recognize: Hip-Hop and Contemporary Portraiture.

In her letter supporting his nomination for the Governor’s Award, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum educator Jackie M wrote, “David finds time for ideas and for people and seems to derive great energy from making photography and its rich history available to the general public.”

For a sampling of David Scheinbaum’s work, please visit Verve’s website at the following link: http://vervegalleryofphotography.com/

Jennifer Schlesinger, Gallery Director, Verve Gallery of Photography
219 E. Marcy Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Email: director@vervefinearts.com
Phone: 505.982.5009 Fax: 505-982-9111

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