May 7 – August 22, 2021
The Weston Scholarship educates and enlightens the community about the legacy of photography on the West Coast. This recognition program keeps the traditional process of black and white fine art photography alive in the tradition of twentieth-century photographers such as, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams. The Monterey Museum of Art maintains a distinguished collection of California Central Coast photography including four generations of Westons. This year the Museum celebrates this photographic legacy by showcasing a selection of work by past Scholarship recipients, while the 2021 virtual competition is hosted online by the Weston Collective (https://www.thewestoncollective.org/about-the-weston-scholarship).
The Weston Collective was established in 2004 by Gina and Kim Weston to support high school and college students studying fine art photography in Monterey County. Gina, Kim and their son Zach wish to foster photographic education as a way of nurturing a medium they love. The Weston Scholarship Portfolio Competition is specifically focused on students practicing analogue black and white film photography in Monterey and recently to students in Santa Cruz County. They offer students, artists, educators and the community the opportunity to experience the richness of photography through scholarships, a community darkroom, mentorships, exhibitions, workshops, publications, lectures, video and artists in residence. The Weston Scholarship awards scholarships at various levels. Scholarships range from $1000 first place awards to $200 honorable mentions. Since 2004, the Weston Scholarship has awarded 375 scholarships totaling $126,000.
The Monterey Museum of Art is delighted to partner with this important nonprofit organization and to present this look back at past Scholarship exhibitions.
Image: Photo: 2020 Fine Art 2nd Place – Patricia Poritzky, Cabrillo College