Artists for the Barnes: Laura Jean Zito
Laura Jean Zito, Harvard University Honors graduate, worked many years as a photographer for NBC Network News, NYC, and as unit still photographer on feature films, classics such as "Breakin'."
Published in numerous magazines including Cultural Survival Quarterly, (see "The Changing Sinai") and books (the cover shot for "A Guide to Great Pictures") she is working on several book projects for upcoming publication ("In Nomads' Land", "The Ironic Age", "Ireland, Re: Generations").
She is represented in NYC by the Broadway Gallery, who showed her work at SCOPE Miami 2007. She will be in "Street Photography" at the Center for Fine Art Photography in April, '08, curated by Michelle Dunn Marsh, head of Aperture.
Ms. Zito curated exhibitions at her gallery, Fotoforum, at 575 5th Avenue at 47th Street, NYC, for several years, and a group show at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires: "Fotoforum: 25 New York Photographers." She was the juror for "Art Show at the Dog Show '04". Ms. Zito is the first American woman to win the GRAND PRIZE in the Nikon Photography Contest International (NPCI).
Her works have won purchase prizes for the permanent collections of the James A. Michener Museum, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and the AKC Museum of the Dog in St. Louis. She received FIRST PRIZE IN PHOTOGRAPHY and PURCHASE PRIZE in "Art of the State 2002," at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and holds the record for consecutive accepted entries in the photography division. Zito was awarded "BEST IN SHOW" for the Body of Work at the 2004 Merchantville Art Fair, at the 2003 Rose Tree Art Show, and at the 2002 Cape May Art Show, a first medal of any kind for photography in this show, which awarded her again with Second Prize in 2005, with a different body of work. She won the Photography Prize at the Woodmere Art Museum's 2005 Annual Juried Open Exhibition and in their 2003 Members' Exhibition.
Ms. Zito has been in over 100 group shows across the U.S.since 2001, judged by curators such as Asher Miller, Metropolitan Museum of Art, for Photowork '07 at the Barrett Art Center, Cheryl Brutvan, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, for the 2006 Cambridge Art Association "National Prize Show," Alison Morley, Photojournalism Chair, ICP, for "Photowork '06", Kate Ware, curator of photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, for "PhotoNational '05" at the Lancaster Museum of Art, Ben Lifson, noted art critic, for "Photography as Fine Art," at the Susquehanna Art Museum in '05, and Aspara DiQuinzio and Tina Kukielski of the Whitney Museum for the Barrett Art Center's "Photography '05 and "New Directions '04" respectively.
Several articles and reproductions about her exhibitions can be found online, including a review in 10/07 in City Paper, 1/07 and also 2/06 by Victoria Donohoe in the Philadelphia Inquirer, and in December '05 in Harrisburg Magazine.
"Cairo Watering the Tree of Life" - Chromogenic color photograph, hand-printed in a lab in NYC - $675.00
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