Light Work is pleased to announce the 43rd annual Light Work Grants in Photography. The 2017 recipients are Mary Helena Clark, Joe Librandi-Cowan, and Stephanie Mercedes. The Light Work Grants in Photography program is a part of Light Work’s ongoing effort to provide support and encouragement to artists working in photography. Established in 1975, it is one of the longest-running photography fellowship programs in the country. Each recipient receives a $3,000 award, has their work exhibited at Light Work, and is published in Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual. The judges for this year were Jacqueline Bates (Photography Director, California Sunday Magazine), Kottie Gaydos (Curator and Director of Operations, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography), and Charles Guice (Director, Charles Guice Contemporary, and Co-founder, Converging Perspectives).
Mary Helena Clark
Mary Helena Clark is an artist and educator based in Hamilton, New York. Her films have been screened at the 2017 Whitney Biennial (New York, NY), the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH), Grazer Kunstverein (Graz, Austria), Anthology Film Archives (New York, NY), Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), the Swedish Film Institute (Stockholm, Sweden), and at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the New York Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, and BAMcinématek, among others. She has curated film programs at Altman Siegel (San Francisco, CA), The Nightingale (Chicago, IL), and Bridget Donahue (New York, NY). Her work has been written about in Reverse Shot, Cinema Scope, Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail, and Filmmaker Magazine, among other publications.