International Photography Competition Winners Announced
Solo Exhibitions by Diane Meyer and Ross Mantle

Opening Night Reception, Friday, January 25, 6 – 8:30 pm

Silver Eye Center for Photography, the region’s premiere space for contemporary photography, is pleased to announce that Diane Meyer (Santa Monica, CA) and Ross Mantle (Pittsburgh, PA) are the winners of the Fellowship 13 International Photography Competition. Now in its 13th year, this juried competition identifies and recognizes both rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe and from the state of Pennsylvania. This year’s judge was Sam Barzilay, Creative Director, United Photo Industries, Brooklyn, NY.
The winning portfolios by Diane Meyer and Ross Mantle will be on view at Silver Eye Center for Photography from January 25 through March 16, 2013. Admission is free and open to the public. The opening reception takes place on Friday, January 25 from 6 – 8:30 pm, followed by a gallery talk with coffee and the artists on Saturday, January 26 at 10 am. Both events are free and open to the public.
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“What led me to Diane Meyer and Ross Mantle in particular, rather than anyone else, is that they presented something different, something I had not seen before,” said judge Sam Barzilay. “All too often we see the same stories, photographers employing the same visual voice, so it’s refreshing – exhilarating even – to see work that stands out and speaks with a new voice, catching us by surprise.”
Diane Meyer (American, b. 1976) is the recipient of the $3,000 International Fellowship Award. She was selected from 148 worldwide submissions for her series Time Spent That Might Otherwise Be Forgotten, a series of images embellished with cross-stitch embroidery. “Diane’s hand-sewn interventions on her photographs – be they of the Berlin Wall's absence or family snapshots – force the viewer to consider the images as objects in themselves rather than unalterable representations of memories, places, or moments in time.” commented judge Sam Barzilay. “Her provocative work raises questions about our perception and differentiation of the twin visual worlds of the physical and the digital.”
Diane Meyer is an Associate Professor of Photography at Loyola Marymount University and resides in Santa Monica. She received her BFA in Photography from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts in 1999 and an MFA in Visual Arts from The University of California, San Diego in 2002.
In 2012, Diane was an artist in residence at Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin, Germany, and she has been featured in solo exhibitions at the 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, CA; AIR Gallery, New York, NY; and The Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO. Her art has also been seen in numerous group shows in the United States and abroad, including China House, Penang, Malaysia; Galerie Huit, Arles, France; Project 42, Alkmaar, The Netherlands; The Helsinki Biennale, Finland; NEXT Art Fair, Chicago, IL; and Lennox Contemporary, Toronto, Canada. For additional information on the artist, please visit
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Ross Mantle (American, b. 1985) is the recipient of the $1,000 Keystone Award for a Pennsylvania artist for his series California, Pennsylvania. Drawing inspiration from the structure of short stories and the classic genre of the road trip, Ross’s various journeys took him from the town of California, Pennsylvania (founded during the time of the Gold Rush and located in the Monongahela Valley) to the state of California itself. The resulting images, “narratives that navigate spaces of restlessness, desire, and disenchantment with ultimately unresolved expectations,” were lauded by Sam Barzilay “for their quiet beauty and visual strength.”
Ross Mantle received his BS in Visual Communication from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 2008 and currently divides his time between his hometown of Pittsburgh and Brooklyn, NY. In 2011, he exhibited In the Wake: Photographs from the Monongahela Valley at 707 Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA, and his two-man show, Confluence (with Jim Korpi) was on view at UnSmoke Artspace in Braddock, PA, and Exposure Gallery in San Francisco. Ross’s work is found in the collections of the Houston Center for Photography and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.
Ross is affiliated with Redux Pictures, an independent commercial and editorial photo agency in New York City. His clients include Esquire, The FADER, TIME, Monocle, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Hollywood Reporter, Dossier, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, INC., Money, ESPN, Google, Whole Foods Market, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, among others. In 2012, Ross was selected as one of the Young Guns X by the Art Directors Club in New York City. For additional information on the artist, please visit
. Judge’s Commendations have been awarded to the following eight artists: Sue Abramson (Pittsburgh, PA); Noah Addis (Philadelphia, PA); Jana Cruder (Los Angeles, CA); Sarah Cusimano Miles (Gadsden, AL); Mark Dorf (Brooklyn, NY); Matt Eich (Norfolk, VA); Andrew Frost (Syracuse, NY); and Vesna Pavlovic (Nashville, TN).
About Silver Eye & the Fellowship Program
This marks the 13th consecutive year of Silver Eye’s Fellowship program, which has now awarded more than $54,000 in unrestricted grants and solo exhibitions to 16 emerging and mid-career photographers. The program is an integral part of Silver Eye’s mission to directly support and provide encouragement to gifted and committed photographers from the region, the United States, and abroad.
Past winners include Elijah Gowin (2000); Susan Dunkerley (2001); Kerry Stuart Coppin (2002); Sue Stepusin (2003); Dylan Vitone (2004); Jeff Krolick (2005); Howard Henry Chen (2006); Caleb Charland (2007); Martin Weber (2008); Katrina D’Autremont (2009); Laura Heyman and Laura Bell (2010-11); and Akihiko Miyoshi and Isa Leshko (2012).
Silver Eye Center for Photography is the only non-profit organization in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region devoted exclusively to contemporary photography and related visual media. Founded in 1985, Silver Eye presents wide-ranging exhibitions by emerging and mid-career artists and has been a catalyst and advocate for new ideas, discourse, and trends in the field.
Silver Eye Center for Photography is generously supported by our members and individual donors and by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Fine Foundation, BNY Mellon, The Grable Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, The Hillman Foundation, The Laurel Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Epson America.
Silver Eye is located at 1015 East Carson Street in Pittsburgh’s historic Southside. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.
For additional information, press images, or to schedule an interview with Diane Meyer, Ross Mantle, and/or Sam Barzilay, please contact: Juliana Zipay, Membership & Marketing Assistant, 412.431.1810, ext. 12,
Photo Credits (left to right, top to bottom): Diane Meyer, Mauer Park, Berlin, 2012; New Jersey II, 2011. Hand-sewn archival inkjet prints. Courtesy of the artist. Ross Mantle, Untitled, from the series California, Pennsylvania, 2010-2012. Archival pigment prints. Courtesy of the artist.