FRANKFORT— Louisville artist Jenny Zeller has been selected as the Kentucky Arts Council’s featured artist for September and October.
Zeller, a 2014 recipient of an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship, is a photographer who has experimented with 19th century developing processes like Van Dyke brown, cyanotypes and gum dichromates. She also has retained a deliberate, hands-on approach in processing modern digital imagery.
“I am a photographer whose heart lies in the process beyond the click of the shutter. This statement was true long before the days of digital technology’s consumption of the photography market,” Zeller said. “Never one to identify as a conventional photographer, I have always found it more interesting to use an image as a starting point and incorporate experimental practices of processing and developing.”
Zeller has been awarded a South Florida Cultural Consortium Award, a Rodel Foundation residency at the Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts in Massachusetts, and a 15-year retrospective exhibit at The Studios of Key West. She also was the photographer, artist-in-residence, at Saint Francis School in Louisville from 2013 to 2015.
To learn more about Zeller, visit the arts council’s website. The featured artists’ page includes:
A story about her work.
A video of Zeller discussing her work.
Contact information for Zeller.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council, along with the NEA, is celebrating 50 years of service in 2015, which the arts council is recognizing as the Year of the Arts in Kentucky.