The Medium Festival of Photography & The University Club Arts Committee Present:

Second Sight: Contemporary Art from
the Medium Festival of Photography


Through an annual award and lecture series known as “Second Sight”, the Medium Festival highlights the talent of emerging photographic artists from across the United States. Four such artists are showcased in this exhibition: David Emitt Adams, Justyna Badach, Ellen Garvens, and Kurt Simonson. Together these artists use collage, found objects, mixed media, and video to explore our notions of history and memory through the dynamic medium of photography.

On view at the members only University Club July 25 – October 28, 2017
If interested in purchasing one of these works, please contact Sarah Koenig Wagner



2017 Second Sight Award Recipient

Justyna Badach is a photography professor in the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. She received her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1998. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at White Columns New York, Gallery 339 Philadelphia, Blue Sky Gallery in Portland and Contemporary Art Center Las Vegas. Badach’s work is represented in the collections of Portland Art Museum, Museet for Fotokunst Brandts, Odense, Denmark and Cranbrook Museum of Art. She was awarded an artist residency from Light Work, and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Leeway Foundation and The Independence Foundation.



2015 Second Sight Award Recipient

Ellen Garvens is a photography professor and Chair of the School of Art, Art History, and Design at the University of Washington. She received a BS at the University of Wisconsin and a MFA from the University of New Mexico. She has been honored with multiple awards including a Fulbright–Hayes Scholarship, National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship Grant, an Artist Trust /Washington State Fellowship, and most recently the Milliman Award in 2013. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and featured in Each Wild Idea by Geoffrey Batchen, Contact Sheet #150 by Light Work, and the journals Creative Camera and Visual Studies.



2014 Second Sight Award Recipient

Kurt Simonson is a professor of photography at Biola University in La Mirada, California. His work has been exhibited throughout the country and internationally, including a recent solo exhibition at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon, and group exhibitions at the San Diego Museum of Art, the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, Colorado), RayKo Photo Center (San Francisco, California), and the Foto8 Gallery in London. His work has been published in the London Sunday Times Magazine, American Photo, Fraction Magazine, Lenscratch, AintBad, and Dodho Magazine. In 2012 he received a Curator’s Choice award from CENTER Santa Fe and was shortlisted in Photolucida’s Critical Mass. In 2015 he was named one of LensCulture’s 50 Emerging Talents, the same year his first monograph, Northwoods Journals, was published by Flash Powder Projects. He has been featured in reviews and year-end best lists from PhotoEye, American Photo, Lenscratch, LensCulture, Flak Photo, and Photo Independent.



2013 Second Sight Award Recipient

David Emitt Adams is an emerging photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona. He earned a BFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and a MFA from Arizona State University. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, residing in the collections of the Center for Creative Photography, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the George Eastman Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and numerous private collections. Adams was selected for the prestigious Lens Culture International Exposure Award 2011 and most recently, was awarded the Freestyle Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding Achievement in Black and White Photography.