PRC Banner
June 7, 2011

Lori Waselchuk: Grace Before Dying

May 17 - July 10, 2011
PRC Gallery, 832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.

Satellite Exhibit of Grace Before Dying
: June 1-30,
Concord Public Library, Concord, MA

Opening Reception & Panel Discussion

Wednesday, June 8

Panel Discussion: 6 pm, Concord Academy

Co-sponsored by Concord Prison Outreach

Reception: 7 pm, Concord Public Library Gallery

Click here for more information >>



Calvin Dumas helps turn George Alexander in his bed, Angola State Prison, Louisiana.

Lori Waselchuk is a photographer based in Philadelphia, but she has a special level of dedication to people in the state of Louisiana. Her work in Grace Before Dying concentrates on a prisoner-run hospice program at Louisiana State Penitentiary located in Angola. The prison has a large percentage of inmates serving life sentences; nearly three-quarters of its 5,000 residents will leave the prison only upon their deaths. Waselchuk gained unique access to a program that has transformed lives. Her panoramic black-and-white prints record the heightened sensitivities that this ground-breaking program has instilled in a very tough world.

Read Mark Feeney's review in the Boston Globe >>

more >>

Lori Waselchuk's new book, Grace Before Dying, now available at PRC

Grace Before Dying, newly released by Umbrage Editions, charts the extraordinary breakthrough in humanity that has helped transform one of the most dangerous maximum security prisons in the United States, Louisiana's notorious Angola prison, into one of the least violent.
Hardcover / 11 x 8 in / 12 pages / 120 pages
$39.95/ $33.95 members + tax 


Two Special Collector Editions Available from the PRC

In conjunction with the exhibition of Grace Before Dying (at the PRC May 17 - July 10), Lori Waselchuk is offering special collectors editions of her book. Each edition includes a signed, editioned pigment print along with the book. Proceeds benefit the artist and the PRC.
Click for details >>  

Jim Dow Lecture

Monday, June 20, 6:30 pm
Photonics Building, Room 206
8 St. Mary's Street, Boston

Members (must present membership card): $5
Non-members: $10
Students: $5
No charge for students of PRC member institutions.
Click here to register >>

Since attending Rhode Island School of Design in the 1960s Jim Dow has made a lifelong project of American popular and material culture, starting with his home turf in the Boston area. Of particular interest have been the signs and architecture devoted to pastimes like baseball, movies, eating, and other recreations, coupled with a fierce commitment to automotive landscapes. Through his warm-spirited, eclectic photographs, including panoramic, large-format sweeping views of baseball parks from the late 1980s than first brought him notice, Dow has charted a uniquely American topography of consumer dreams, political currents, and socio-economic aspirations.


more information >> 


Pamela Ellis Hawkes: Surrogate Reality


Pamela Ellis Hawkes creates photographic images that, to quote Emily Dickinson, "dwell in possibility." Within cloistered, darkened spaces, Hawkes fashions tabletop spectacles that tantalize and retreat.

The selection here, culled from her series Surrogate Reality, concentrates on comestibles. The banquets and foodstuffs we are offered, whether originally three-dimensional or two, are entirely photographic now; they float in an undifferentiated darkness. The sensations we derive from these compositions are a complex blend of optics and imagination, arising as much out of absence of information as presence. You know what a lemon, a peach, an artichoke, or a loaf of bread tastes like. But what happens when the source of those taste sensations is rendered in gelatin silver emulsion? Or, a stage earlier, in screened ink on paper? How is our sense memory impacted by reproduction? 


more >> 

Summer Night at the PRC 

Tuesday, June 21, 6 - 8 pm

On the eve of the Solstice, what photographic subjects do you associate with summer? Baseball? Beaches? Picnics? Swimming? Cabins? Fishing? Bring your favorite images related to the season. Sign up for a spot on the tables if you want to share your work, or just come and share the warmth. Contact the PRC at 617-975-0600 or [email protected] to reserve a spot. 


more information >>

Portfolio Reviews with PRC Curator, George Slade

Wednesday, June 22, 1 - 4 pm


portfolio reviews gs 


If you would like to reserve a spot for this month's portfolio review, please call the PRC at 617-975-0600 on Wednesday, June 15, at 10am sharp. This opportunity is for PRC Members only and is on a first come, first serve basis. 


To learn about more about Portfolio Reviews >>

MCC Photo Fellows Announced

PRC congratulates winners of the Massachusetts Cultural Council 2011 Artist Fellowship Program in photography. Paula Tognarelli, Vaughn Sills, and PRC Curator George Slade spent two days picking the following winners.  


Stephen DiRado, Worcester $7,500      

Lisa Kessler, Boston $7,500     
Sarah Malakoff, Roslindale $7,500      
Rania Matar, Brookline $7,500    
Tara Sellios, Somerville $7,500     
Sarah Skwira, Southampton $7,500 

Stephen Tourlentes, Somerville $7,500     
Frank Ward, Williamsburg $7,500     
George Awde, Westwood $500     
Edie Bresler, Somerville $500     
Caleb Cole, Somerville $500     
Matthew Gamber, Boston $500     
Asia Kepka, Arlington $500     
Sejal Patel, Cambridge $500     
Toni Pepe, Winthrop $500     
Deb Todd Wheeler, Newton $500 


more information >> 

Get ready for the PRC 2011 Benefit Auction

October 15, 2011  

2011 Benefit Auction  

We have many exciting changes to this year's auction. Some are yet to be announced as we are finalizing arrangements. But one change for sure is that this year the auction will have two separate components in one evening. The Live Auction will come first. This will be limited to not more than 35 of the most sought after work by the most sought after artists. Tickets to the Live Auction are $100. Immediately following the Live Auction will be the Silent Auction with tickets starting at $25 for members. Both auctions will give artists, collectors, and everyone else an opportunity to see and purchase some of the finest photography anywhere.


Auction Update 

We are excited to introduce two new elements into the 2011 Benefit Auction.

Featured at the 2011 PRC auction will be work from the TRIIIBE exhibition, In Search of Eden, A Work in Progress.  TRIIIBE's 10 x 14 foot triptychs play with religious and advertising imagery, revisiting the biblical creation story, the notion of temptation, and the eternal quest for Eden. The work is displayed courtesy of Gallery Kayafas and TRIIIBE.

As much as we all love framed photographs, this year we are introducing other forms of art into the auction. Gillian Wright and Nataliya Yermolenko, two recent graduates from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Fashion Department will showcase their work with live models during the live and silent auction. While the PRC is focused on photography, we want to emphasize to our members and supporters that we encourage and embrace all the arts.

Complete information >>

Registration deadline extended to June 13

PRC Summer Photography Intensive for High School Students  

challengeTHIS logo

The PRC announces a new three-week summer intensive program, ChallengeTHIS / Possibilities in Photography. This program welcomes all high school students who are interested in photography as a form of artistic expression. Visiting artists include Neal Rantoul, Barbara Bosworth, and Olivia Parker.

Dates: July 11-29, 2011
Register for one, two, or all three weeks.

Click here for complete information and to register >>

New Gallery Hours  

Beginning with Lori Waselchuk's exhibition on May 17, the PRC has new gallery hours. We are bringing back our popular Thursday evening hours, open until 8:00 pm, and we are no longer open on Sundays. During exhibitions, the gallery will be open:
Tues, Wed, Fri: 10 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday: noon - 5 pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed

New England Photography Events  

June 7
Griffin Museum of Photography @ Digital Silver Imaging
re-flex-ive: Photographs by Michael Manheim (June 2 - July 16; Gallery Talk: June 7, 7pm) 11 Brighton Street, Belmont, MA 02478.

June 8
Panopticon Gallery
Kids Are People Too
(June 8 - July 12; Reception: June 8, 5:30-7:30) 502c Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215.

Photographic Resource Center
Satellite Exhibit - Lori Waselchuk: Grace Before Dying (June 1-30; Panel Discussion & Opening Reception: June 8, 6pm)  Concord Academy, Ransome Room, 166 Main Street, Concord, MA. 

June 9
The Griffin Museum of Photography @ Atelier Gallery at the Stoneham Theatre
The Shadow Belongs to Light: Photographs by Blaine Ellis (June 2-July 24; Opening Reception: June 9, 6-7:30pm) 395 Main Street, Stoneham, MA.

June 11

Clark Gallery

Picture Books (June 7 - August 6; Sidewalk Book Sale: June 11, 9am-4pm; Reception: June 11, 4-6pm) 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, MA 01773. 781-259-8303.

Danforth Art Museum
Annual Juried Exhibition (June 11 - August 7; Opening Reception: June 11, 7-9pm)
123 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702.

Peabody Essex Museum
Man Ray | Lee Miller: partners in Surrealism (June 11 - December 4; Special Events: June 11, 11am - 5:30pm)
161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970. 978-745-9500.

June 14
ASMP New England
Two Shots of Photoshop (June 14) EP Levine, 219 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA.

June 17
Hutson Gallery
Reaching for the Sky: 4 Artists Working with Color (May 20 - June 26; Opening: June 17, 7-9pm) 432 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA.

June 18
Beverly Art Fest
Beverly Art Fest (Saturday, June 18; 10 am to 4 pm) 248 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA.

PHOTOSTOP Gallery & Studio
How To Put Together a Great Photographic Portfolio with Neal Rantoul (June 18)
85 North Main Street, Suite 150, White River Junction, VT 05001. 

June 20

Photographic Resource Center
Lecture: Jim Dow (June 20, 6:30pm) Photonics Building, Room 206, 8 St. Mary's Street, Boston, MA.

Click here for a complete list of current exhibitions, events, and call for entries >>

Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View our photos on flickr


Join Now 

If you would like to advertise in this eNewsletter or in the PRC Magazine, Loupe, click here.

Have other announcements? Feel free to post directly to our Facebook page.

Not on the PRC emailing list? Click below to receive this monthly e-newsletter. 
Join Our Mailing List

The PRC is supported in part by:

Boston University Logo

Mass Cultural Council
and numerous individual sponsors.