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artist's bio

My name is Alison Izard, and I’m a photographer based in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. My work is the result of a life-long fascination with the connection that exists between humans and animals. Using familiar objects and surroundings to establish a context, I collaborate with dogs to create photographs that test and expand how others see the emotional intelligence of animals. Humor is frequently used to illustrate our similarities; the subtle eye movements, a sly grin or a furrowed brow. Also essential to my work is a respect and appreciation for animals. My photographs are the result of a relationship built on trust, patience, affection and positive reinforcement.

Most of my ideas result from past experiences as well as direct observation of my dogs. With their intelligence, playfulness and sense of whimsy I can imagine them in a variety of situations. From these essential elements and a few special treats, our collaborative works evolve.

My images are photographed using a DSLR camera. The scenes are created in a studio using real props. Photoshop is used minimally for touchup as needed.

awards

  • Finalist, 7th Edition Julia Margaret Cameron Awards  -  Juror:  Jill Greenberg
  • 4th Prize, 12th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Adams County Arts Council, Gettysburg, PA  -  Juror:  Cristin Cash
  • Juror’s Award, A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX November/December 2014  -  Juror:  Anne Berry
  • Awarded Best in Show, 28th Annual Region Juried Exhibition, Frederick Camera Clique, Frederick, MD July 2014  -  Jurors:  Renée Comet and Joe Edelman 

selected exhibitions

2017
  • National Juried Show 2017, Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick, MD  -  Juror:  Laura Augustin
2016
  • National Juried Show 2017, Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick, MD
  • Dogs Not Dogs | June 2016 Artist Solo Show, Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick, MD
  • 4th Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography, Berlin, Germany October 2016
2015
  • Center Forward 2015, Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO  -  Juror:  Hamidah Glasgow
  • Color, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR  -  Juror:  Christy Karpinski
  • PhotoSpiva, George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, MO  -  Juror:  Shannon Thomas Perich
  • Open: 2015, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT  -  Juror:  Jeff Curto
  • 2015 Annual Juried Exhibit, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD  -  Juror:  Dorothy Moss
  • 12th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Adams County Arts Council, Gettysburg, PA  -  Juror:  Cristin Cash
2014
  • Critters, A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX  -  Juror:  Anne Berry
  • Nat'l Juried Photography Exhibit, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD  -  Juror:  Frank Van Riper
  • Student Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
  • 28th Annual Juried Exhibition, Frederick Camera Clique, Frederick, MD  -  Jurors:  Renée Comet and Joe Edelman
  • 11th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Adams County Arts Council, Gettysburg, PA  -  Juror:  Steven Dolbin

education

  • 2013-2014 Maryland Institute College of Art, School of Professional And Continuing Studies
  • 2012-2013 Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Department of Continuing Education
  • 1991 Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
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