The 2015 Juried Competitions will each be judged by gentlemen with experience and expertise. To see the list of all who will participate in these competitions, please visit the Featured Artists & Photographers page.
David Oresick is a curator, artist, and the Executive Director of Silver Eye Center for Photography, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Silver Eye is a non-profit gallery dedicated to promoting the power of contemporary photography and related media to inform, engage, and inspire diverse audiences and communities. Central to its mission is the creation of innovative exhibitions and programs that bring forward issues, ideas, and perspectives relevant to our times. Silver Eye is also committed to directly supporting today's artists through fellowships, professional development, and other opportunities for creative and professional growth.
David holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He was a co-founder of the video-art screening series Video Playlist at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and was the Lab Manager and an exhibitions committee member at Light Work in Syarcuse, New York. He has curated and helped to organize several exhibitions including Close to Home and A World Imagined, as well as screenings including Heartaches & Holy Rites, and Mixtapes & Mashups. David has shown his own artwork at Fotofest in Houston, the Antimatter Film Festival in Vancouver, and Blue Sky Gallery in Portland
Dennis Akin of Boiling Springs, Pa., is an artist/educator and Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. He has spent his lifetime teaching entirely at liberal arts colleges, "where human endeavor is studied for its breadth and richness." At Dickinson College as Associate Professor/Professor of Fine Arts from 1969-1992, he received the Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence and the Ganoe Award for Distinguished Teaching. As Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Southwestern College, Winfield, Kansas, from 1958-1967, he received the Student Council Teaching Award and in 2010 was inducted into the Southwestern College Fine Arts Hall of Fame. He also served as Art Editor of motive Magazine, a prestigious publication of the Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church, 1969-1971.
Dennis studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, holds a BFA from University of Kansas, MFA from University of Colorado and did post-graduate studies at the Acadamie van Beelden Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Pilchuck School for Glass, an international center for glass art education in Washington state.
His 2013 exhibit at the George B. Stuart Gallery, Carlisle Arts Learning Center, "Time and Memory," featured 12 large paintings and drawings, figure studies, etchings and 3-d works representing his career from the 1970s to the present. In that exhibit, Dennis said he used a visual language to tell tales about the ideas, feelings and perceptions he had as an artist and teacher of the 20th and 21st centuries. In addition to many exhibitions of his paintings, he is also known for his stained glass windows including 26 windows in seven buildings at Dickinson College, varying in size from 18 x 26" to 5 x 6 feet. Several of his stained glass lampshades, as well as many of his paintings and drawings, are in private collections.