This presentation is geared for photographers and artists of all levels – from the student to the more established. Antón will speak of maintaining the artist’s path, its pitfalls, and necessary diversions. It will offer suggestions in sustaining one’s identity concerning an evolutionary responsibility. Topics addressed will be the necessity of courage, how it is addressed and maintained, the importance of discerning fear, and its contribution to self–understanding, and the useful parameters of maintaining ones creative convictions. The presentation will conclude with a Q&A section from the audience.
Antón states, “Every path can only be defined by the person who travels it. For each of us, every step gives clue to ones stride and direction, purpose and meaning. In the course of an artists understanding, these steps are critical for the development of determining ones own unique direction.”
Work from Antón’s The Arc of Memory series will be on display at BRIC Rotunda Gallery January 10 through February 23, 2013. En Foco: New Works/Crossing Boundaries, curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, presents a retrospective look at some of the artists involved with En Foco’s prestigious New Works Photography Fellowship Awards program.
Born in East Los Angeles in 1956, Don Gregorio Antón received his BA in 1978 and MA in 1980 from San Francisco State University and is a professor of photography at Humboldt State University in Northern California. Having taught photography at a variety of institutions over the past several decades, Antón was awarded the Freestyle Crystal Apple Teaching Award in 2010 as well as the Excellence in Photographic Education - Teacher of the Year Award from the Santa Fe Center for Visual Arts in 2002. He has shown both nationally and internationally, with recent exhibitions at the Getty Museum, LA; Aperture, NY; the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; the Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY; Meridian Gallery, San Francisco; and En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards Exhibition at Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, 2004. Antón’s work is included in such prestigious collections as the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. His work has been published in Nueva Luz 5:2 14:2, as well as its Commemorative Issue in 2001. www.dongregorioanton.com
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En Foco, Inc.
En Foco is a non-profit organization that nurtures and supports contemporary fine art and documentary photographers of diverse cultures, primarily U.S. residents of Latino, African and Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific. Founded in 1974, it makes their work visible to the art world, yet remains accessible to under-serviced communities. Through exhibitions, workshops, events and publications, En Foco provides professional recognition, honoraria and assistance to photographers as they grow into different stages of their careers.
Programs are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, ASMP, the Bronx Council of the Arts and JP Morgan Chase Foundation, Canson Infinity,Archival Methods, Lowepro, Manfrotto, Loupe Digital Studio, Modernage Custom Digital Imaging Labs, WNYC.org, members, subscribers and friends.