Red and white striped road blocks on a snowy road at night

Emerging Vision: Biennial Student Show


Jurors: Yoav Friedlander and Dana Stirling

Co-Founders of Float Photo Magazine

NOVEMBER 25, 2022 – JANUARY 7, 2023

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony with Jurors at Colorado Photographic Arts Center

1070 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204

Friday, December 2, 2022

6 – 9 pm

All events are free and open to the public

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center is proud to announce its Biennial Student Show, Emerging Vision 2022. Jurors Yoav Friedlander and Dana Stirling, Co-Founders of Float Photo Magazine, selected images by 22 talented photography students from universities located throughout the US and abroad, each student offering a unique perspective on the future of a medium that is constantly evolving.

At the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on December 2nd, jurors Friedlander and Stirling presented their selections for Best in Show and two Honorable Mentions. The Best in Show winner received a feature on Float. Two Honorable Mentions received a $150 in custom printing from Digital Silver Imaging.

Congratulations to the 2022 Emerging Vision Award Winners:

Best in Show – Tyler Wagoner

Honorable Mentions – Riley Ramsay and Vance Solseth

(Pictured Above: End of the Road, detail, by Colton Rothwell)


Hajer Al-Eid, Norman Aragones, Tara Bryan, Erin Dvorak Clark, Jorge Ariel Escobar, Sofia Fernandez-Garcia, Brian Garbrecht, Kate Glass, Francisco Gonzalez Camacho, Linye Jiang, Nick Keller, Jake Kimble, Yashoda Latkar, Michael Lopez, Madison Montgomery, Phu Nguyen, Riley Ramsay, Colton Rothwell, Vance Solseth, Jacob Wachal, Jonathan Wagner, and Tyler Wagoner

Jurors’ Statement

The works selected for this show originate in a call for students to submit their work under an open theme. As a curator, you are never sure what you might find. An open theme means there are no rules and no constraints. It is in fact – open. Open to interpretation, open to go into any direction. There is no hint or a preconceived idea of what direction this show might take.

With a collection of images from a diverse group of artists, with different backgrounds, points of views and visual styles, the selection process comes down to what work stands out, delivers the message, makes the voice of the artist heard, and communicates with you. Even though there was no specific theme, this collection of images, all together, tell a story of a collective who are inspired by the world around them and the people they are close to. Images of nature, family members or self-portraiture that examine what it is to be in these times through their eyes and their lenses.

Eventually, we selected artworks that conveyed a visual style, dedication to the subject of the work, and more than anything else – we could see more clearly the artist through the work.

These photos were all taken in different places, times, styles but here they are all presented together as a group creating something new and unique to this show. Every photo is an important piece in a larger puzzle of human interactions, thoughts, sorrow, joy etc. They all come together to tell a story of a generation, contemporary time in our culture and observed by them.

The participants of this show are all students. We meet these artists at the beginning of their journey as individuals who are seeking their path in art. But let us not be fooled by the beginning of their journey. We are all like them, continuously seeking our own path, voice, identity, signature. We all are still learning, trying to find our own place within this vast, complex entanglement we call art. Here, these artists are leaving their mark on art; regardless of who they are, where they are from, their age or status.

This exhibition is a celebration of what it means to make art – no rules and no constraints. It is in fact – open.

— Yoav Friedlander and Dana Stirling


About the Jurors

Yoav Friedlander was born in Jerusalem, Israel 1985. He received a B.A. in Photographic Communications from Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem in 2011 and left for New York thereafter where he still works and resides. In 2014 Friedlander received his MFA from the department of Photography Video and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In the spring of 2014 he co-founded Float Photo Magazine along with Dana Stirling. Friedlander is a photographer and a scale model artist, an editor, curator designer and educator. He is an educator at NYC First STEM Center at Roosevelt Island, New York. He has exhibited his work internationally. Selected venues and exhibitions include: Belfast Photo Festival (2011); NY Photo Festival (2013); Flash Forward (2013); Local Testimony – Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv (2013); Duesseldorf Photo Weekend (2014); International Photography Festival, Israel (2014); UNICEF photo Benefit Auction, Aperture Gallery, New York (2014); Fresh Paint 7, Tel Aviv (2014); Bronx Museum of the Arts Biennial, New York (2015); Chinese New Year Festival; Javits Center (The Chief Curator’s Choice Award, 2016); ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL; Venice Biennial (2017); The Wassaic Project (2018).

Dana Stirling is a fine art photographer and the Co-Founder & Editor In-Chief of Float Photo Magazine since 2014. Originally from Jerusalem Israel, Dana is now based in Queens, New York. She received her MFA from The School Of Visual Arts in Photography, Video, and Related Media in 2016 and her B.A. from Hadassah College Jerusalem in Photographic Communications in 2013.

Dana’s work has been exhibited in group shows including, Candela Books + Gallery VA, The Rockaway Artists Alliance NY, Vermont Center for Photography, Lafayette College PA, Radiator Gallery NY, Fresh Paint Art Festival Israel,  Bezalel Gallery Israel, Inga Gallery Israel, Tel Hai Museum of Photography Israel, Brick Lane Gallery UK, Saatchi Gallery UK and others.

Her hand-made artist book is a part of these select library collections, Yale University, Mass Art College of Art and Design collection, Savannah College of Art and Design collection and Goldsmith University, London. She was awarded the Shutter Hub YEARBOOK Award (2021), NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow Finalist in Photography from The New York Foundation for the Arts (2019), Gross Foundation-Grant for Excellency in photography (2013) and Google Photography Prize, Final Ten at Saatchi Gallery (2012).