SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Foundation announced today that McNair Evans of San Francisco, CA and Nancy Floyd of Atlanta, GA are the winners of the 2014 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship, an annual award given to up to two emerging artists who exhibit 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) at The San Francisco Foundation, brings with it $5,000 to each awardee to support the development of their creative work. Eminent photographers and curators Richard Misrach, Sandra S. Phillips, and Leland Rice were this year’s jurors.
“McNair Evans’ submissions were portraits and related pictures of people who ride the trains across the United States. The pictures show both an engagement and respect for these individuals,” said Sandra S. Phillips, Gutmann Fellowship juror and senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. “Evans’s project, which the Gutmann award will permit him to make into a book, also includes extensive notes from his encounters with these people. We found the project to be original and sensitive.”
McNair Evans’s photos draw parallels between the lives of individuals and universal shared experiences and are most recognized for a distinct and metaphoric use of light. His work has been shown in exhibitions, numerous editorial publications including Harper’s Magazine, and the cover of William Faulkner’s novel Flags in the Dust. Evans is represented by Sasha Wolf Gallery in New York.
“I am so tremendously grateful, humbled, and affirmed to receive the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship,” said Evans. “The award will allow me to further an ongoing project made during long-distance Amtrak travel.”
Nancy Floyd’s work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in galleries and institutions around the country including the Smithsonian Institute (Washington, D.C.) and the California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA.
“Nancy Floyd’s series of photographic images address both the past and the presence of an unfolding process in time,” said Leland Rice, Gutmann Fellowship juror and curator and founder of the photography department at the California College of Arts. “Her visual concerns focus on a concept of sequential events that appear strongly linked to conceptual art practices of the 1960s and 1970s.”
In 2008, Temple University Press published Floyd’s first book, She’s Got a Gun, which is part history of American gun women, part memoir of her Texas childhood and the loss of her brother. The book also features 150 historical images of women with guns, 35 of which were taken by Floyd.
“I am grateful to Mr. Gutmann for creating this fellowship and to the jurors for selecting me,” said Floyd. “The funds will be used to pay for the printing and framing of my work for exhibitions in 2015.”