The Tracey Baran Award and The School of Visual Arts (SVA) are pleased to announce the 1st annual Tracey Baran Award grant, in the amount of $5,000, goes to Allison Sexton. Allison Sexton lives and works in Turners Falls, MA; she received her BFA with highest distinctions from California College of Arts in 2003 and went on to receive her MFA in Photography from Yale University in 2006. Allison has been in several group shows, including My Gay Uncle at Kate Werble Gallery, 2009; Prague Biennale 4, Karlin Hall, 2009; The House Project, Westport Arts Center. Her work explores her complex relationship with Western Massachusetts—documenting the moments that happen in between the extreme and the aftermath, and explores a deeper sense of reality within her hometown and family.
The Tracey Baran Award was established to honor the memory and achievement of Tracey Baran, a young photographer who died after a short illness in 2008. This year over 400 strong and compelling applications were received. The applications were juried by Jen Davis, photographer; Christine Osinski, photographer; and Leslie Tonkonow, Director, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks+Projects. Special thanks goes to all of the artists who donated to the Tracey Baran Memorial Auction, the Tracey Baran Estate, Alexander Lockwood, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks+Projects, and the School of Visual Arts.