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Joanne Scherf

Joanne Scherf
Joanne Scherf

Joanne Scherf


Photography

I am a visual explorer. Explore the potential. Engage your soul. Escape reality. This succinctly describes my artistic philosophy and why photography is my passion. My images celebrate quotidian life and ranges from vibrant contemplative abstrac...Read More

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STATEMENT

I am a visual explorer. Explore the potential. Engage your soul. Escape reality. This succinctly describes my artistic philosophy and why photography is my passion. My images celebrate quotidian life and ranges from vibrant contemplative abstracts, to fine art, and interpretive/documentary portraits of landscapes. The use of natural lighting and environmental factors adds a sense of emotional drama and often elicits creative interpretations that are contemplative, offering more than “just a pretty picture”. My sparks of creative inspiration come from other art forms and a variety of sources like observing the design performance of a glass blower, or most likely just a walk in the woods. Overall I strive to make a visceral connection with the viewer; a visual conversation within the frame. My signature style tends to evoke an elegant simplicity of design, oftentimes with a layer of complexity that hovers behind the façade. I embrace the solitude of nature, capture the common and unique, and reveal the wonderment to convey imagery that transcends the ordinary.

BIO

Joanne Scherf is native Detroiter and international award-winning visual explorer of contemplative imagery, creating ethereal and abstract images that convey an emotional expression. Upon reflection her childhood gift of a Brownie camera was a pivotal point in the beginning of Joanne’s creative journey.

Though overlooked as a career option, Joanne took up photography later in life as she immersed herself in college courses, workshops and master classes with well-known photographers.

Her awards come from International Color Awards, Black & White Magazine, COLOR Magazine, Black & White Spider, Neutral Density, PX3, Women in Photography International (WIPI), IPA, and Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers.

Joanne is also featured in professional photography journals such as Silvershotz: International Journal of Contemporary Photography and FOCUS Fine Art Magazine. A limited portfolio (as a 4-page spread, featured photographer in Silvershotz International Journal of Contemporary Photography) is located at select university and museum collections. Joanne’s work is also published in books, Seeing in Sixes (2016), and Our Magnificent Planet (2020).

EXHIBITIONS/SHOWS/COMMISSIONS

Solo Exhibitions
2013, Winter-Fourteen East; Park Shelton Building; Detroit, MI
2010, Fall-Janice Charach Gallery, The 3R Environment Show, West Blmfield,MI

Group Exhibitions:
2021, 6th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, FotoNostrum Gallery-House of Mediterranean Photography; Barcelona, Spain
2020, Winter-PhotoPlace Gallery; Middlebury, VT
2013, Winter-photo-LA; Women in Photography International, Los Angeles, CA
2011, Spring-Janice Charach Gallery; 20th Anniversary, West Bloomfield, MI
2009, Fall- PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT
2007, Summer-Art Rapids; 2nd Annual Juried Fine Art Fair; Elk Rapids, MI
2004-2007, Padzieski Gallery, 9th thru 12th Juried Exhibit; Dearborn, MI
2003-2005, Lawrence Street Gallery; Pontiac and Ferndale, MI
2003-2005, The Scarab Club; Detroit, MI
2003-2005, Spring-College for Creative Studies; Student Art Exhibit; Detroit, MI

EDUCATION

2020, Laurie Valenti-Candela/Intuitive Photography
2019, Annie Leibovitz, Master Class-Portrait Photography
2013, Marc Koegel, Master Class-Fine Art Long Exposure 2
2013, Joel Tjintjelaar, Master Class-BW Long Exposure
2012, Dan Burkholder, Master Class-iPhone Artistry
2012, Marc Koegel, Master Class-Fine Art Long Exposure Photo 1
2008, Mary Virginia Swanson, Workshop-Publishing Photo Books
2005-13 Washtenaw Comm College; Photography-Graphic Design
2005, Joyce Tenneson, Master Class-Portraiture, Maine Media Wkshps
2003-2005, College for Creative Studies; Cont. Educ; Photography
2002-2003, Oakland County Community College; Photography
B.S., M.S. and EdS degrees in non-art disciplines

AWARDS/DISTINCTIONS

2020, Publication: Our Magnificent Planet Book; LensWork publisher

2020, First Wheels, published in International Color Awards Winners Book Volume 1; Americana category

2020, Publication: Smartphone Award Winner – “Looking Back Looking Forward Exhibit”; published, Black & White Magazine

2020, Honorable & Nomination Awards – 13th Annual International Color Awards; Americana, Architecture and Nature categories

2019, Nomination Award, 12h Annual Winners Gallery/Exhibition-International Color Awards; Abstract and Americana categories

2018, Nomination Award, 11th Annual Winners Gallery/Exhibition-International Color Awards; Abstract, and Americana categories

2017, Award, 12th Annual Black & White Spider Awards; Silhouette and Still Life categories

2016, Publication: Seeing in Sixes Book, published my 6-image series “Into the Woods: A Pathless Pleasure

2015, Nomination Award, 10th Annual Black & White Spider Awards; Nature and Still Life categories

2015, Honorable Mentions; International Photography Awards (IPA) in Fine Art and Landscape categories

2015, Nomination Award, PX3, Nature-Trees; Aerial Arboretum series

2015, Cell Phone Photography blog exhibit; Lenscratch,

2015, Nomination Awards – 8th Annual Winners Gallery; (2); International Color Awards; Masters Cup Americana and Nature categories

2014, Publication: Featured photographer; Women in the Photographic Arts, Silvershotz: International Journal of Contemporary Photography, Volume 8, Edition 5, 2014, 4-page spread

2014, Collections/Archives, My featured 4 page article in Silvershotz: International Journal of Contemporary Photography, Volume 8 Edition 4. Located in collections/Archives at Harvard University/Schlesinger Library (Cambridge, MA); Yale University Beinecke Library (New Haven, CT); National Museum of Women in the Arts (Wash DC); Smithsonian Museum (Wash DC); The Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA); and International Center of Photography (New York City)

2014, People’s Choice Award – 9th Annual Winners Gallery; Black & White Spider Awards

2014, Honorable Mention Award, ND (Neutral Density); Fine Art – Landscape category

2014, Nomination Award, 9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards; Fine Art category

2014, Guest Artist, Susan Spiritus Gallery Newsletter

2013, Nomination Awards – 8th Annual Winners Gallery; (4); Black & White Spider Awards; Fine Art, Abstract, Nature and People categories

2013, Out of Focus Gallery; Women in Photography International (WIPI); Scenic category

2013, Honorable Mentions (12 images); International Photography Awards (IPA) in Abstracts, Architecture, Fine Art and Landscape categories

2013, Publication: Single Image Award winner-Landscape category; Black & White Magazine; Special Issue #95 Single Image Contest Winners; February, 2013

2012, Publication: Bronze Award winner-Still Life category; B&W-COLOR Magazine; Special Issue Single Image Contest Winners

2012, It’s Magical Exhibit, Sunrise Category winner; Women in Photography International (WIPI), Juried Competition

2012, WIPI Annual; Honorable Mention; Women in Photography International (WIPI)

2011, Publication: Merit Award winner; B&W-COLOR Magazine; Special Issue Portfolio Winners

2011, Publication: Featured photographer/Emerging Artist; FOCUS Fine Art Photography Magazine; 2011 Collector’s Edition; Issue #19

2010, Publication: Merit Award winner; COLOR Magazine; Special Issue Portfolio Winners

2009, Publication: Merit Award winner; COLOR Magazine; Special Issue Portfolio Winners

2004, 1st place B/W; Padzieski Gallery; 9th Annual Juried Photography Exhibit;

2003, 2nd place color; Lawrence Street Gallery; Exposures Exhibit

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2003 – present; Professional freelance photographer

ARTIST'S TAGS

photographer, Detroit photographer, landscape photographer, landscape, abstract, color, bold, contemplative, contemporary, original, vibrant, meditative, interpretive, impressionist, award-winning, digital art,

Joanne's Introduction Video