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Exhibition: Ann Simmons-Myers: Photographs

October 17th – November 24, 2009
October 23rd from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: Temple Gallery, 330 South Scott Avenue, in the Temple of Music and Art.
The Temple Gallery is managed by Etherton Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday -- Friday, 10am to 6pm and before Arizona Theatre Company performances
Contact: Daphne Srinivasan, Hannah Glasston, Terry Etherton
info@ethertongallery.com, 624-7370

The Temple Gallery is pleased to present Ann Simmons-Myers: Photographs (October 23 – November 24), featuring a selection of landscape photographs of Japan and Sri Lanka from the series Prior Vision. The images were made over two trips to Sri Lanka that documented the effects of a tsunami on the war-torn country in 2005 and a 2006 trip to Japan.

During this period Simmons-Myers’ studio burnt down, destroying her ability to make photographs, causing her to question her own artistic beliefs, and she stopped working altogether for a brief time. When she returned to work, Simmons-Myers realized that these photographs documented the beauty and idiosyncrasies of daily life, and that these moments formed the continuous thread in her work.

As digital technology overtakes film and photo chemistry, Simmons-Myers says she is suffering from “digital distress.” An expert in “alternative processes,” the 19th and early 20th century methods of making photographs she mourns the loss of making an object with her hands. Not only is sitting at a computer to make images unfulfilling to her, she is too independent to accept the insertion of a virtual world between the artist and the finished photograph. However, in her show Simmons-Myers shows us a range of possibilities by combining these two antithetical ways of making pictures, abrading, over painting and burnishing her straight digital photographs, creating something entirely new. 

Ann Simmons-Myers: Photographs opens October 23 and runs through November 24, 2009. An artist reception will be held at Temple Gallery Friday, October 23, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Temple Gallery is located in SoCo at the historic Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., in downtown Tucson AZ 85701. For more information please contact Etherton Gallery, which manages the Temple Gallery, at (520) 624-7370 or email us at info@ethertongallery.com.


Ann Simmons-Myers

Ann Simmons-Myers obtained her MFA at the University of Arizona following graduate studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. For the past thirty years she has lived in Tucson, Arizona, where she runs the photography program in the Visual Arts Department at Pima Community College. In 2002 Simmons-Myers published Louis Carlos Bernal: Barrios, a monograph on Tucson photographer Louis Carlos Bernal, who influenced a generation of Arizona photographers. Simmons-Myers’ work has taken her to Europe and Asia, and her career has been chronicled in more than 20 publications. Her work was most recently seen in the 2007 Tucson Museum of Art exhibition, Bikers: Photographs by Ann Simmons Myers, which featured photographs from her investigation into the private, domestic lives of Tucson bikers.  Ann Simmons-Myers’ photographs are included in the collections of prominent institutions, including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the High Art Museum in Atlanta, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. 


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Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10am-6pm
and prior to Arizona Theatre Company performances

The Temple Gallery is managed by
Phone: 520-624-7370

at the Temple of Music and Art
330 South Scott Avenue
Tucson, Arizona

Etherton - Temple Gallery