Abandoned. According to Merriam Webster, abandoned could be: abandoned, 1a: left without needed protection, care, or support, b: left by the owner, c: no longer held or thought of : given up, 2: wholly free from restraint
Our juror for Abandoned is Dennis Kiel. A respected curator, Dennis Kiel is the Director of the Dishman Art Museum at Lamar University, served as interim executive director and chief curator at The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, was the associate curator of prints, drawings and photographs at the Cincinnati Art Museum for 24 years. He also taught the history of photography at Northern Kentucky University as an adjunct professor for a number of years.
Kiel holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from Ohio University.
He served as a member of the National Endowment for the Arts panel titled “American Masterpieces: Visual Arts Touring” and has participated in portfolio reviews at Houston Fotofest, “Our World” for Photo Alliance, Photolucida, Review Santa Fe, SlowExposures Photography Festival and Atlanta Celebrates Photography. He was also a juror for Photolucida’s Critical Mass 50 in 2011-2013 and the sole adjudicator for the Tennessee Arts Commission’s 2014 Individual Artist Fellowship in Media: Photography.