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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

International Photography Awards

International Photography Awards Announces Category Winners of the 2016 Competition!

This year, The International Photography Awards received 17029 of submissions from over 162 countries, and is pleased to declare that Christopher Ruane was awarded

- Honorable Mention in Special - Digitally Enhanced for the winning entry The Lions' Den.

- Honorable Mention in Moving Images - Moving Images for the winning entry The Lions' Den - Deconstruction (VIDEO).

Very happy to be recognized for the image and the news of the video excites me to further explore this new addition to my work.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris

73,481 votes have been tallied in the annual Prix de la Photographie Paris.
Very happy to report that my image The Lions' Den received a second place People's Choice Award in the Fine Art/Collage category.
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Friday, October 28, 2016

2016 Nationwide Catholic Arts Exhibition

I am very happy to announce that my work The Lions' Den will be part of the 6th Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition.  The exhibition was juried this year by Denis R. McNamara, Ph.D. The show will run through December 4th, 2016 with an opening reception on Sunday October 30th. This exhibition is only held every two years and typically is too good to miss. See you there!

About the Juror - Dr. McNamara is is an architectural historian and the author of numerous articles on art and architecture in Communio, Rite, Chicago Studies, Adoremus Bulletin, Sacred Architecture, Environment and Art Letter, Assembly, The Priest, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Letter and Spirit, and Arris: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. His book Heavenly City: The Architectural Tradition of Catholic Chicago (Liturgy Training Publications, 2005) appeared on the Catholic Bestseller List and won a Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Booksellers Association as well as two first place awards from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association. His 2009 book, Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy, earned a second place award from the Catholic Press Association. His newest book, How to Read A Church: A Crash Course in Christian Architecture (Rizzoli) has been published in seven languages.

Past Jurors include: Dr. Frima Fox Hofrichter, professor of the history of art and design at Pratt Institute, NY, and co-author to the Baroque and Rococo sections of Janson’s History of Art: The Western Tradition; Duncan G. Stroik, professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame, IN, and preeminent liturgical architect; Sister Wendy Beckett, world-acclaimed art historian and BBC personality; Dr. John T. Spike, Assistant Director and Chief Curator of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg VA, and leaded Leonardo and Michelangelo expert; and Janet Mckenzie, an internationally-known artist known for her distinctive iconography of sacred subjects whose work won first place the National Catholic Reporter's "Jesus 2000" competition.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

European Month Of Photography

The European Month Of Photography comes to a close very soon. If you are in Berlin over the next few days, be sure to check out my work at the the Palazzo Italia.
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Friday, October 28, 2016

Illuminations Through December 9th

Thank you to everyone who came out to Carlow University to hear me speak about my work and process yesterday. If you have not seen this joint exhibition yet, be sure to check it out through Dec 9th.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Berlin Foto Biennale & European Month Of Photography

I am very happy to be included in the 2016 Berlin Foto Bienniale as this year's Charles Dodgson award winner. A limited large scale black & white edition of 4 of my works from my Sacred Art / Modern World project and a special edition Lions' Den print accompanied by the deconstruction video will also be on view. The Berlin Foto Biennale will be composed of a solo exhibition, retrospective of Steve McCurry of Magnum Photos, a collective exhibition curated among awardees of previous competitions of the Charles Dodgson Award, the Julia M Cameron Award (JMCA,) the Pollux Awards, The Jacob Riis Award, and the recent overall winner of the 9th edition of the JMCA. The Berlin Foto Biennale 2016 is also the 4th edition of the Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography. After Madrid, Buenos Aires and Malaga the curated photo show comes to Berlin to offer emerging and esta­blished artists from all over the world a platform, and to showcase international trends in fine art as well as documentary photography. The Biennial, entitled Emotions and Commotions Across Cultures is situated in the historic heart of Berlin. It features contemporary artists from 41 countries of 5 continents. The winners of this year's award, juried by Andréa Holzherr (Director of Global Exhibitions at Magnum Photos), are also included in this comprehen­sive photographic display. Recognizing a wide array of artistic expression across diverse cultures, the Berlin Foto Biennale 2016 presents a contemporary overview of the different schools of thought emerging from the United States to China, from Australia to Turkey and from Senegal to Mexico. Its spectrum of styles ranges from docu­mentary and wildlife, to portrait and experimental photography. As a special guest of the European Month of Photography, the Biennial also contains an essay by emerging young talent Yusuke Suzuki about the refugee crisis on Lesbos and the chaos in Syria’s Aleppo. As special invitee Magnum photographer Steve McCurry will present 130 of his most remarkable works in his solo exhibition, Retrospective. The Berlin Foto Biennale 2016 presents to visitors not only a panorama of contemporary photography but also a kaleidoscope of sentiments and perceptions captured worldwide. In this way a photographic chro­nicle of our time emerges with all its emotions and commotions.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016


Curated by Veronica Nemec

Alan Richards * Larry Zdeb * Lynne Johnson * Emmanuel Monzon *  Paula Swisher * Marcia Lloyd * Marilyn Richeda * Jan Brandt * Alex Sewell * Margery Applebaum * Max Tzinman * Jim Jacobs * Christopher Ruane * Ashley Shellhause * Linda Jacobs * Robert Augstell *Paxton Maroney * Chris Vanden Broeke

Chelsea NY: Viridian Artists is pleased to present ” Director’s Choice: From Virtual To Actual 5″, art from the powerpoint presentation of our 26th International Juried Competition. Curated by Vernita Nemec, this exhibit brings the actual art of that virtual presentation to the gallery walls. The exhibit continues from   September 27- October 15, 2016 with an opening reception Thursday, September 29, 6-8PM.

Despite the popularity of the web and the fact that we are becoming more adept at looking at art on the web, seeing art in reality offers the viewer a much richer experience, hence the title “From Virtual to Actual”. All the artists in this exhibition have a personal obsession that serves as a starting point in their search for ways in which to transform inner visions into reality. Transforming these inner realities into art becomes a translation of the “virtual into the actual”.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Lions' Den - Deconstruction

When asked how my images are made, I always have trouble expressing how much of the image is created.  With my new image The Lions' Den I decided to give people a small look into the inspiration and process of my work through a deconstruction.  Although only about a fourth of the layers are utilized, I hope it still gives people a better understanding of my work flow and can somewhat explain why they can sometimes take years to build.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Illuminations: Works by Vanessa German, Peter Oresick, and Christopher Ruane

I am very happy to be a part of this special exhibition with artists Vanessa German and Peter Oresick. Come and see some of my previous works and view my new image The Lions' Den.

On view at the Carlow University Art Gallery from September 6-December 9, 2016.  Opening Reception: Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 5:30-7:30. Light Snacks and Refreshments. The Carlow University Art Gallery is located on the 2nd Floor of the University Commons on the Carlow University campus, 3333 Fifth Avenue, Oakland.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

John Riegert Curated By Brett Yasko

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Last July I visited Millvale to meet John Riegert. I was contacted like many Pittsburgh artists to partake in an exhibition about a man I did not know, curated by a person I had never met. The idea of this mystery exhibition started to take shape revealing a great concept with a whole lot of heart. I requested that John provide me with some photos of his life and show me the most important images of his youth. I wanted to get an idea of who this person was, not just what he looked like but his whole journey.  

My mixed media portrait of John will be on display at Space Gallery starting this Friday, June 24th. For my piece I chose to illustrate John's existence and story through photography and portray his struggle through the use of a video clip of John experiencing pain from his 1999 performance of Spray, a piece he did with Edgar Um Bucholtz while they were classmates at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art.  I really enjoyed working on the project and can't wait to see what other artists have created.  The press release is below:

In February 2015, Brett Yasko asked 252 Pittsburgh artists to create a portrait of the same person: John Riegert. What followed has been a journey through studios, restaurants, group sittings, museums, universities, parks, cemeteries, fishing holes, artists’ homes and John’s own home. The culmination will be an exhibition at SPACE in the summer of 2016 where, among the portraits, John will act as docent—telling stories of each artist and their work, as well as stories of his own.

A Tumblr of the project’s progress is here:

A full-color catalogue will be produced. It will feature all 252 portraits, an essay by Eric Lidji (who has followed the entire project as a fly on the wall), photos of the interactions between John and the artists, as well as a section dedicated to John’s art and writing.

The Artists:
Edith Abeyta Cate Rassman Afrooz Andrew W. Allison John Altdorfer Scott Andrew David Armbruster Stephanie
Armbruster David Aschkenas Genevieve E.T. Barbee-Turner Patricia Barefoot Jennifer Baron & Greg Langel
Mark Baskinger Mary Bates Kim Beck Robert Beckman Pat Bellan-Gillen Gavin Benjamin David Bernabo Aaron Blum
Brandon Boan Cory Bonnet Paul Bowden Robert Bowden Terry Boyd Jeremy Boyle Danny Bracken Lauren Braun
Dee Briggs Jeff Brunner Edgar Um Bucholtz David Burke  M. Callen John Carson Nick Caruso Tony Cavalline Ashley Cecil
Kim Chestney Angelo Ciotti Kevin Clancy Richard Claraval Seth Clark Lenka Clayton Brian Cohen John Colaric
Matthew Conboy Sandra Conley Lisa Considine Lex Covato Chris Craychee dadpranks Doug Dean Kathleen DePasse
Sean Derry Dave D’Incau Jr. Amy DiPlacido Christiane Dolores Laura Domencic Ron Donoughe Tracey Donoughe
James Duesing Jim Dugas Cecilia Ebitz Ian Finch Matt Forrest Kim Fox Toby Atticus Fraley Mark Franchino
Abby Franzen-Sheehan Craig Freeman April Friges Jon Funari Paul Leroy Gehres Fabrizio Gerbino Bonnie Gloris
Scott Goldsmith Jenn Gooch Sarika Goulatia Elizabeth Raymer Griffin Jamie Gruzska Steve Gurysh Peggi Habets David Hahn
Kate Hansen Adrienne Heinrich Aaron Henderson Ryder Henry Lori Hepner Ben Hernstrom Al Hoff
Deborah Kiss Holtschlag Christine Holtz Mundania Horvath Deborah Hosking Jennifer Howison Leo Hsu Robert Huckestein
Tate Hudson Andi Irwin Lisa Marie Jakab Natiq Jalil Delanie Jenkins Tom M. Johnson Rob Katkowski D.S. Kinsel
Paula Garrick Klein Kristen Letts Kovak Yelena Lamm Ryan Lammie Rick Landesberg
Jill Larson Judith LausoZack John Lee Eric Lidji Tom Little Cara Livorio Michael Lotenero Carolina Loyola-Garcia
Dale Luce Duncan MacDiarmid with Scott Hunter & Terry Young Julie Mallis
Peter Mandradjieff Maria Mangano Ross Mantle Penny Mateer Anni Matsick Christopher McGinnis
Jeannie McGuire Dale McNutt with Mike McQuaide Clayton Merrell Constance Merriman Kyle Milne Travis Mitzel
David Montano Heather Mull Julie MullJennifer Nagle MyersRisë Nagin Stephanie Neary James Nesbitt Celeste Neuhaus
Matthew Newton Leslie Nutting Meghan Olson Annie O’Neill Chris Pacione Mark Panza Leah Patgorski Donna Penoyer
Terri Perpich Kurt Pfaff William Pfahl Greg Pierce Debra Platt David Pohl Susan Laansma Pollins
Linda Price-Sneddon Dylan Priest Deborah McLaren Priore Jack Puglisi Heather Joy Puskarich Robert Qualters
Shawn Quinlan Robert Raczka Caroline Record & Ricardo Iamuuri Robinson Jake Reinhart
Martha Ressler Fiona Riegert Larry Rippel John Ritter Rachel Rodkey Steve Root Elizabeth Claire Rose Paul Rosenblatt
Renee Rosensteel Ann T. Rosenthal Philip Rostek Christopher Ruane Jon Rubin Jim Rugg Benjamin Saks Diane Samuels
Tom Sarver Jason Sauer Paul Schifino Elana Schlenker Janice Schuler Travis K. Schwab Kurt Shaw Phiris
Kathryn Sickels Blaine Siegel Rabecca Signoriello Louise & Sarah Silk Carol Skinger Kara Skylling Susanne
Slavick Becky Slemmons Shaun Slifer Sarah Smith Jason Snyder Richard R. Snyder Julie Sokolow Lizzee
Solomon Joshua Space Ivette Spradlin Emilie Stark-Menneg Julie Stunden Andy Sujdak Mia Tarducci
Benjamin Thomas Lenore Thomas Sam Thorp Mark Threefortyseven Anne Trimble Laurie Trok John Tronsor
Judy Tulley Kristin Turcsanyi Scott Turri Jude Vachon Laura Vinchesi Justin Visnesky Dylan Vitone
Andy Vogt Lorraine Vullo Susan Wagner David Wallace Kent Wallisch Norene Walworth & Rob Capaldi Mary Weidner
Barbara Weissberger Hannah Welsh Carolyn Wenning Susanna Weyandt & Ian Brill Diane White Lauren Wilcox
Debra Williams Sharon Wilson-Wilcox Teresa DallaPiccola Wood Alisha B. Wormsley Bec Young
Paul Zelevansky Bob Ziller Kathleen Zimbicki
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