Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College

Photography Exhibition: ENTRY POINT

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Daniel Arts Center - Hillman-Jackson Gallery

The Hillman-Jackson Gallery at Bard College at Simon’s Rock is pleased to present Entry Point, a four-person exhibition showcasing the work of New York-based artists, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Matthew Porter, Brea Souders and Chris Wiley. The exhibition was curated by Anastasia Samoylova, assistant professor of photography at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. The exhibition runs from Friday, April 1 through Wednesday, May 4. Closing reception and gallery talk will be held on May 4th at 5pm.

About the Exhibition

The four artists in Entry Point are unconcerned with the idea of photography as a conventional window that promises the illusion of reality. Instead they create a conglomeration of varied entry points into understanding a world mediated by images. This includes the exploration of production tools, investigations into the materiality of the photograph and its relationships to painting and sculpture, collaging as a means to combine multiple themes and dimensions into a single image, and studio-based practices that transcend studio walls via online networks.

About the Curator

Anastasia Samoylova is a Russian-born artist and educator, who joined the Simon’s Rock arts faculty in 2015. She holds an MA from Russian State University of Humanities and an MFA from Bradley University. She has recently exhibited at the Aperture Foundation in New York; Pingyao International Photography Festival in Pingyao, China; and the Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts. Her work is included in the collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and ArtSlant Prize collection in Paris.

About the Artists

Sara Greenberger Rafferty is an artist based in Brooklyn. She has had solo exhibitions in New York at PS1/MoMA, The Kitchen, and at Fourteen 30 Contemporary in Portland, OR, among others. In 2014 she was included in the Whitney Biennial and the Hammer Biennial (as part of Public Fiction). In 2016, she will engage the National Museum of American History in D.C. in a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship and later this year she will have a solo exhibition at Document in Chicago. In 2017, she will have her first solo US museum exhibitions at the Dorsky Museum and the University Art Museum, both in New York on SUNY campuses. She is represented by Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York.

Matthew Porter’s most recent solo exhibition was Four False Starts at M+B in Los Angeles in 2016. He published his first monograph, Archipelago, with Mack books in 2015. His work is in the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. He is represented by M+B in Los Angeles, and Invisible Exports in New York.

Brea Souders has exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, including Bruce Silverstein Gallery, Abrons Arts Center and the Center for Photography at Woodstock in New York, as well as the Hyères International Festival of Photography & Fashion, France, the Singapore International Photography Festival and the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives. She has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and a fellowship at the Millay Colony of the Arts. In 2013 she was granted a Darkroom Residency with the Camera Club of New York. Souders’ work has been featured in the New Yorker, Artnews, LA Review of Books and Vice.

Chris Wiley is an artist, writer, and curator. As a writer he has contributed essays to various catalogs, and to publications including Mousse, Kaleidoscope,, the New Yorker, and Frieze, where he is currently a contributing editor. As a curator he has curated exhibitions at On Stellar Rays (NYC), and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, and has served as an advisor and researcher for numerous exhibitions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the 55th Venice Biennale, and the 10th Gwangju Biennale, where he was an assistant curator. His work has recently appeared in shows at Hauser and Wirth, Marian Goodman Gallery, MoMA PS1, Atlanta Contemporary, Central Utah Art Center (CUAC), and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery.

About the Gallery

The Hillman-Jackson Gallery, located in the Ann Beha Architects-designed Daniel Arts Center, is a showcase exhibition space for both visiting artists and faculty, as well as a curricular hub for Simon’s Rock students.  Students can participate in class discussions, listen to artist talks, and assist with installation of artwork as part of a gallery internship. The Hillman-Jackson Gallery is open to the public during regular building hours throughout the academic calendar year.

Contact Information

For inquiries about this exhibition, please contact Anastasia Samoylova at For all other inquiries, please contact Margaret Cherin, Exhibitions Program Curator at or 413 528-7389.


Image credit: Brea Souders, Event Horizon

Margaret Cherin

Phone: 4135287389

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