Phyllis and her treasured Nikon F2

Phyllis and her treasured Nikon F2

Phyllis Meredith is a Photographer and Fine Artist living and working in West Hartford, Connecticut.  She holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, She worked on her MFA at the University of Oregon, and has shown her work in numerous fine art exhibits, including recent shows at New Britain Museum of American Art, Art Space Hartford, and CT+6 at West Hartford Art League where she won the Photography Prize with an image from her HumanNature Fine Art series.  She has been a professional portrait and event  photographer for over 20 years, with a special ability to connect with and photograph children in her renowned natural-light style.

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Exhibitions

Nourish, Patrician Doren Graduate Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston MA, Fall 2019

Wish You Were Here Group Show, Speos Gallery, Paris France, Fall 2019

Nor'Easter, “Jurors Choice” Award, New Britain CT Museum Of American Art, 2019

HumanNature Exhibition, Xfinity Theater, Hartford CT, May 2019

Hartford Art Space 21st Anniversary Group Show, Artspace Gallery, Hartford CT, 2018

Hartford Art Space 20th Anniversary Group Show, Artspace Gallery, Hartford CT 2017

WEHA Artist Group Show, Spicy Greenbean, Glastonbury CT 2017

Water - WEHA Artist Group Show, Bin 228, Hartford CT 2017

Red - WEHA Artist Group Show, Noah Webster Library, West Hartford CT, 2017

She, A Smith Gallery, Jurors Choice Award, May 2017

Solo Show for Wild Daughters, Noah Webster Gallery, West Hartford CT, April and May 2017

Annual Juried Photography Show, Art League Of New Britain CT, Third Place Overall, March 2017

Annual Juried Photography Show, West Hartford CT Art League, February 2017

HumanNature Solo Show, Noah Webster Gallery, West Hartford CT, December 2016

Trees, A Smith Gallery, December 2016

Open Studio Hartford Group Show, Hartford CT Art league Gallery, 2016

International Monochrome Competition hosted by The Monochromatic Lens, First Place Film Category, November 2016

Face Forward, West Hartford CT Art League, Sept 2016

Jerry's Artarama Juried Show, Hartford CT Art League Gallery, 2016

Nor'Easter, New Britain CT Museum Of American Art, 2016

CT+6, West Hartford CT Art League, Third Place Overall, 2016

Green - WEHA Artist Group Show, Spicy Green Bean, Glastonbury CT, 2016

Motherhood Exhibit, Katalina's, New Haven CT, April 2016

Open, A Smith Gallery, Honorable Mention, November, 2015

CT+6, West Hartford CT Art League, Photography Award, 2015

Open Studio Hartford Group Show, Hartford CT Art league Gallery, 2015

Faces, The Kiernan Gallery, 2014

Publications

Long Way Home April 2017

The Sun 2016

Long Way Home December 2016

Clickin Moms September 2016

Mozi Magazine, February 2015

Events

Excerpts From A Dead Language, The Firehouse, Jamaica Plain MA, May 1994

Eventworks, Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline MA , May 1994

Name The Dog, North Building, Massachusetts College Of Art, Boston MA, April 1994

Q-tips, Eventworks, Institute Of Contemporary Art, Boston MA, March 1994

SIM Goes North, North Building, Massachusetts College Of Art, Boston MA, March 1993

Wax Marble Live, North Building, Massachusetts College Of Art, Boston MA, March 1993

SIM Now, Longwood Building, Massachusetts College Of Art, Boston MA, February 1993

The Huntington Campaign, North Building, Massachusetts College Of Art, Boston MA, December 1992

Artist's Statement

I was born into a family of artists. Some of the earliest memories from my childhood are of sitting in the red light of the darkroom while my grandfather developed film. I can still remember the smell of his oil paints and the feel of the clay he used to throw pots on the wheel. I would curl up next to my mother while she stitched quilts and tied knots to make macramé wall hangings. And I always knew in my heart that I was an artist too.  

At sleep away summer camp, when I was ten, we made pin hole cameras out of shoe boxes. Watching my images come to life in the chemical bath in the camp's darkroom made me fall in love with photography. I still have those two precious images in a scrap book in my home. My love for photography just grew and grew from that moment on. My first subjects were my friends and my animals, both real and stuffed, whom I photographed in the 'studio' that I set up at home!

I learned the art of photography when film was all that there was to work with, and I still love to work with film. I graduated from The Massachusetts College of Art with a degree in photography and a serious love of film and darkroom time. I regularly use my grandfather’s cameras. The weight and the feel of his Nikon F2 is one of my true loves, the sound of the shutter is music to my ears. I also love the immediacy of digital photography, and am a hybrid shooter, regularly using both film and digital in my work. 

My greatest loves are nature, art, and love.  I love love and I love to capture your love!  Your love for yourself, your newborn, your children, your partner, your family, your love of the mud and the water and the flowers and the animals that make up the earth! I love to play out in fields and the waterfalls, let’s get barefoot and fancy free and make some magic! Let’s work together to capture your special bonds, this moment in time is fleeting, lets capture it together! 

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