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FotoFest 2016 Biennial

FotoFest 2016 Biennial

Meeting Place Reviewers

Alex Nyerges

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, USA
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest comprehensive art museums in the United States. The VMFA is an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia with significant private support. Founded in 1936, it encompasses 33,000 works of art including significant collections of American painting and decorative arts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, English Silver, Faberge, Indian sculpture and painting, African art, art of the ancient Mediterranean, Sporting art, and European painting and decorative arts, that span the last 6,000 years of humankind’s creativity. Located on a 12 acre campus in the heart of historic Richmond, the museum is housed in six buildings comprised of more than 640,000 square feet including the new McGlothlin Wing which opened in 2010.

Alex Nyerges is in his tenth year as Director and CEO. He has directed art museums for 34 years including the Dayton Art Institute (1992-2006), the Mississippi Museum of Art (1985-1992), and the DeLand Museum of Art, DeLand, Florida, (1982-1985).

A photo historian and author, he has curated numerous exhibitions including two major exhibitions that toured nationally: Ansel Adams and Photographers of the American West (1999) and Edward Weston: A Photographer’s Love of Life (2003). Both exhibitions were accompanied by book-length catalogues. He is currently curating an exhibition on Hungarian-American photographers of the 20th century for 2019 that will be accompanied by a book exploring this important legacy.

As curator and historian, he is interested in a wide variety of work and can offer guidance on exhibiting and interfacing with museums and collectors.

Nyerges is also an internationally-award-winning photographer who has exhibited across the United States and Europe. His work is in collections in New York, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Ohio, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, Tampa, Richmond, Budapest, and elsewhere. His work has been exhibited in Atlanta, Houston, Budapest, Richmond, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., among other places.


Session Two
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