High Plains imagery sought for AMoA photography exhibition
By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
Deadline is Sept. 9 to enter photographs depicting this region for a new exhibition at Amarillo Museum of Art.
High Plains Highways will be on view Nov. 11 to Jan. 15 at the museum, 2200 S. Van Buren St.
Wyatt McSpadden, an Amarillo native and respected Austin photographer, will serve as juror.
The museum seeks images of the High Plains region shot by residents and those living outside the region, specifically portions of eight states and including southeastern Wyoming, southwestern South Dakota, western Nebraska, eastern Colorado, western Kansas, eastern New Mexico, western Oklahoma and northwestern Texas, according to a news release.
There is no entry fee, and entrants must be 18 years or older. They may submit up to three images, which must be ready for professional installation. Maximum dimensions of each printed photograph is 96 by 96 inches, including frame; all framed prints must be framed using Plexiglas.
McSpadden began his career in Amarillo in 1974 working with arts patron Stanley Marsh 3, shooting the creation of the Cadillac Ranch. He moved to Austin in 1992 and has worked as an editorial photographer for numerous national publications, including Texas Monthly.
The exhibition was conceived as a companion exhibition to The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip, a traveling exhibition through The Aperture Foundation that will be on view Nov. 4 to Jan. 1. It will feature more than 100 images by 19 photographers, shot across North America from the 1950s to today.
Included in the exhibition are Robert Frank, Ed Ruscha, Garry Winogrand, Inge Morath, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, Joel Meyerowitz, Jacob Holdt, Stephen Shore, Bernard Plossu, Victor Burgin, Joel Sternfeld, Alec Soth, Todd Hido, Shinya Fujiwara, Ryan McGinley, Justine Kurland, Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs. Several of these photographers traveled through the High Plains, specifically through Amarillo while traveling Route 66.