The San Francisco Foundation Names Umbrico Winner of the 2012 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship

(SAN FRANCISCO) – March 12, 2013 – The San Francisco Foundation announced today that Penelope Umbrico is the winner of the 2012 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship, an annual award given to an emerging artist who exhibits professional accomplishment, serious artistic commitment and need in the field of creative photography.

The prestigious award, established by the late photographer John Gutmann (1905-1998), brings with it $10,000 to support the development of Umbrico’s creative work.

“Sunset Portraits from 8,480,717 Sunset Pictures on Flickr on 12/29/10,” 2010, machine c-prints,
detail of 2500, 4in x 6in

Administered by The San Francisco Foundation, photographers are nominated by a distinguished group of professionals in the field. The award is then adjudicated by a separate group of eminent photographers and photography curators.

Umbrico has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, and her work is in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.

Her photo-based installations, video, and digital media works explore the ever-increasing production and consumption of images on the Internet. She is the recipient of numerous awards including most recently a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, and a Deutsche Bank-NYFA Fellowship.

“Broken Sets (eBay),” 2011, installation Recontres d’Arles, Discovery Award Nominee Exhibition, c-prints on metallic Kodak paper, each 20in x 30in

Umbrico’s first monograph, “Penelope Umbrico (photographs)“, was published by Aperture in 2011.