Criticism & Curatorial Practice graduate student Sam Hopple exhibits, “Essential Images,” at Anderson Ranch Arts Centre

Sarah Stacke, The Bookmark Portraits, Lockdown Week 11, 2020, Digital Photograph

Second-year Criticism and Curatorial Practice graduate student Sam Hopple recently curated an exhibition of photography during her curatorial residency at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, Colorado. The exhibition, “Essential Images,” which highlights the work of seven documentary photographers who have been making work during the COVID-19 pandemic, was featured in a recent edition of the Aspen Times: https://www.aspentimes.com/entertainment/essential-images-of-coronavirus-pandemic-on-display-at-anderson-ranch-arts-center/

The show is accessible online here (click on individual artist pages to access their works): https://www.andersonranch.org/programs/gallery-exhibitions/

ESSENTIAL IMAGES highlights the perspective of seven documentary photographers who have been making work during the COVID-19 pandemic. From different vantage points, this collection of images speaks to the current moment of navigating the dualities of our internal and external lives. They act as timely visual narrations that explore grief, intimacy, parenthood, scarcity, activism and self-connection.

Sam Hopple is a Visiting Curator at Anderson Ranch, currently pursuing her MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada. Prior to pursuing her degree, Hopple managed the galleries at Oregon College of Art and Craft and curated numerous exhibitions both independently and collaboratively. She is the CO-Director of S/PLI/T Projects (2016-17), a roving curatorial endeavour which exhibited two person shows of emerging artists in established and alternative spaces. She is also the co-founder of 60 Inch Center, an online publication covering art happenings in the state of Oregon, and has published writings in the Oregon Visual Arts Ecology Project, museum catalogs, and other publications. Hopple earned her BA in Art, Design and Media from Richmond University in London, U.K in 2012. She was the Special Events/Gallery intern at the Ranch in 2014.