The BFA Photography Department and the Estate of Tracey Baran announced that Allison Sexton is the recipient of the inaugural Tracey Baran Award. The annual award, a grant in the amount of $5,000, goes to an emerging U.S. female photographer. It was established to honor the memory and achievement of alumnus Tracey Baran (BFA 1997 Photography), a young photographer who died after a short illness in 2008.
Sexton lives and works in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, and her work has been included in several group exhibitions, including “My Gay Uncle” at Kate Werble Gallery in 2009; “House Project” at the Westport Arts Center in 2009; and “Prague Biennale 4” at Karlin Hall in Prague in 2009. In her images, Sexton mines a complex relationship with her hometown in Western Massachusetts, exploring the deeper realities of her family and community life.
The Tracey Baran Memorial Auction, which featured the work of SVA alumni, faculty and friends, was held last fall to help establish the award in Baran’s memory. Special thanks are extended to the artists who donated to the memorial auction, as well as to the Tracey Baran Estate, Alexander Lockwood and Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects.
Image: Allison Sexton, Untitled, 2010.