Friday, July 24, 2009

Current Exhibits and Recent Awards

During the month of July my photograph "Paris Park" (c2005CarolSimonsHuddleston) is on display in The Art League of Alexandria's All-Media Monthly Show entitled "Black and White." The show was juried by Catriona Fraser. Ms. Fraser is an international award winning photographer and the owner and Director of the Fraser Gallery in Bethesda, Maryland, Her work has been exhibited widely in many galleries in Europe, Latin America and the United States. Out of the 506 entries, 124 were juried into this show.

Membership in The Art League is open to all and provides entry to a fellowship of over 1,000 artists with a wide range of exhibition and education opportunities. Member artists participate in monthly, juried exhibits - juried by noted fine art professionals from throughout the Washington area and beyond. Our engaging exhibition schedule makes The Art League Gallery an intriguing art space for gallery visitors in the DC metropolitan area to view original art of all media by talented artists from throughout Washington and the Mid-Atlantic region. Contact:703-683-1780,
My image "Secluded Morning" (c2009CarolSimonsHuddleston) has been chosen to be included in the First Juried Photographic Competition hosted by the Lorton Arts Foundation and Workhouse Arts Center. The juror, Ann Shumard, is Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Ms. Shummard joined the MPG in 1979 and has worked exclusively in the Photography Department since 1981. Prior to her appointment as Curator of Photographs in 2001, she served as the Department's Assistant Curator. Throughout her tenure, she has played an integral role in the development, research, and interpretation of the National Portrait Gallery's photography collection which now numbers more than 10,000 objects. The exhibit of juried images will be on display from July 29-August 22, 2009 in gallery W-16 of the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA, The public is invited to attend an awards presentation and reception for this show on Sunday, August 9 from 2:00-4:00pm.

"Secluded Morning" has also been chosen to be included in a juried collection of contemporary art, American Art Collector, published by Alcove Books, Berkeley, CA. The publication (to be printed in Hong Kong in October 2009) includes works by over 300 artists working in both 2-D (painting, photography, printmaking, digital media) and 3-D (ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber, metal, mixed media, wood). Now in its sixth year, 3,500 copies of American Art Collector will be mailed to galleries, collectors, and art consultants. Jurors for the publication are California College of the Arts painting instructor Howard Eige and Oakland, CA gallery owner Jan Christensen-Heller,

My photograph "Sunlit Balcony" was nominated for a BLACK AND WHITE Spider Award on October 19, 2008 in the Still Life category (Classification: Amateur). Celebrating its 5th year, Black and White Spider Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography.

The Awards are juried by the world's most prestigious curators, auctioneers, editors, and dealers of black and white photography, including captains of the industry from SOTHEBY'S, ARMORY SHOW, VII, TATE GALLERY, COMMUNICATION ARTS, PDN, FRATELLI ALINARI, HEFFEL FINE ARTS, and more. Nominees vie for 132 title awards representing the best work of the year. Receiving a Black and White Spider Award is an endorsement of distinction from the most trusted names in the business,

Lastly, members of the Workhouse Photographic Society (WPS), hung their new exhibit in our studio in Gallery W-6 at the Workhouse Arts Center on July 12, 2009, which will be available for viewing through September 13, 2009. Included among the ten new works that I have hanging in the exhibit are four figure studies in black and white, and two new color images recently shot in Santa Fe, the latter hanging in our "Small Works" display.

At the time of each WPS show change, one member hangs a solo show. Area photographer Jen Chappell is currently the featured artist at the Workhouse Photographic Society. There will be an artist’s reception Saturday, August 1st from 7:00 – 9:00pm and all those interested are invited to attend. Visit for directions.

“Volume is a play on many levels,” Chappell says. “Each image has a sound quality and each resonates in its own way. Some are quiet (volume 3); some are quite loud (volume 10). I am showing a volume of work, cataloging my evolution and growth as an artist.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Welcome to the blog for Carol Simons Huddleston where you can find out what projects I am working on, where my photography is being exhibited, which images I have sold, and which images of mine are being published. I envision this to also be a place where interested parties can view a selection of images grouped together from either my travels or events I have attended. I welcome your feedback on any and all content, thank you for visiting, and I hope you will return.

As a brief introduction, my love of photography initially came from my father, a mathematician by profession and amateur photographer all his life. As a result photography has been a constant in my life since I was young. Over the years my photography has evolved from the darkroom to the fast-paced digital age. I try to keep my images simple and governed by the theory “less is more.” I continue to learn and grow as a photographer and hope that my images influence others to see the world around them in a different light.

I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and have also lived in the San Francisco Bay area in Berkeley, California and in the Willamette Valley in Corvallis, Oregon. Coming from the Pacific Northwest, I have never lost my love of the outdoors, which will always be one of my inspirations. Initially my goal was to study architecture and I continue to be drawn to its details, which are so often captured in my photographs. I also love to travel and briefly lived in Paris - a city I will continue to visit and photograph again and again.

While photography has been one of my passions for over thirty years, my professional career has included ten years on Capitol Hill working for Congressman Charlie Wilson of Texas (yes, that Charlie Wilson), followed by four years floundering in the private sector, bringing you to my current status as a self-employed residential appraiser throughout the Washington, DC area for the past sixteen-plus years. Much of my time and energy, however, is now focused on my lifelong love affair with art, specifically photography as an art form and the desire to be a working artist. While I still have a lot to learn, photography is the common denominator which brings it all together for me, allows me to express who I am, and gives me a voice I may not have otherwise had.

I am currently affiliated with the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Workhouse Way, Studio 608, Lorton, VA 22079, My photography is also regularly exhibited at The Art League of Alexandria housed on the first floor of the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandira.