Mississippi State University Department of Art student Whitten Sabbatini has had two photographs accepted into Portraits 2013 at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colo. The juror, Charles Guice, selected 57 images from 44 artists from seven countries.
Guice is the founder and director of Charles Guice Contemporary in New York City. His gallery features modern and contemporary art, film/video and new media by nationally and internationally recognized visual artists. Recognized for introducing and nurturing new talent as well as for advancing more established artists, Guice has been instrumental in the careers of several of today’s leading contemporary artists, including Erika Diettes, Birthe Piontek, Hank Willis Thomas and Carrie Mae Weems.
Sabbatini, a senior photography student, will be exhibiting two images from his current body of work. Tim’s House and Jeffrey and Jr. Skinning a Deer are both digital images that explore ordinary life around Starkville, Miss. Sabbatini is the only photographer from Mississippi to be accepted into the exhibition.
“Two images accepted into an international exhibition is fantastic,” said Professor Marita Gootee, the coordinator for photography in the Department of Art. “To be selected by a juror such as Charles Guice is extremely impressive and could really open doors for Whitten. Whitten was born a photographer. As a photography professor, the goal is to nurture and focus his raw talent, so he can be successful. It is totally Whitten’s vision that makes his work so provoking.”
Sabbatini has also recently received a travel scholarship from the Society for Photographic Education to attend the national conference in Chicago in 2013 and had work selected for two exhibitions.
“It is a privilege to work with a student so talented and excited about the medium of photography and the work he is making. I have no doubt that he is going places,” said Assistant Professor Dominic Lippillo.
Portraits 2013 is currently on display in The Center for Fine Art Photography online gallery, and the printed photographs will be exhibited at The Center for Fine Art Photography gallery from Feb. 15 – March 23, 2013. A public reception will be held on March 1 from 6 – 9 p.m.
The Center’s gallery is located 400 North College Avenue Fort Collins, CO 80524. For more information contact the Mississippi State University Department of Art at 662-325-2970.