View Finders: Four Photographic Voices opens on May 26

DOYLESTOWN, PA – Beginning May 26, the James A. Michener Art Museum will present View Finders: Four Photographic Voices, an exhibition showcasing the contemporary work of four photographers in the Delaware Valley: Paula Chamlee, Catherine Jansen, Brian Peterson, and Michael Smith. View Finders will be open to the public through August 26, 2018.

Curated by Guest Curator Liz K. Sheehan, View Finders: Four Photographic Voices will include Chamlee’s incisive studies of surface and place; a selection from Jansen’s project 1008, an “experiential journey into sacred storytelling” created in more than 25 trips to India; Peterson’s melodic explorations of nature and light; and a range of Smith’s rarely exhibited portraits from across the globe. On the occasion of the Michener’s 30th anniversary, View Finders celebrates the contributions of these artists and recognizes photography as a significant force in the legacy of the region. In concert with the exhibition, the Michener will also present lectures and/or gallery talks by each artist. Brian Peterson, the Michener’s former chief curator, will present a three-part lecture series. For details, visit

“Despite their differences in process, technique, and equipment, all four artists emphasize the power of photography to represent connection and to communicate an experience of environment, energy, and spirit,” said Sheehan.

Paula Chamlee discovered photography after returning to college in the 1980s to finish a degree in painting. In the 30 years since, she has traveled extensively in the United States and abroad for her craft. Her work has been widely exhibited and can be found in the permanent collections of forty museums in the United States, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Library of Congress. Chamlee has received several grants, including one from the Leeway Foundation for “Excellence in Photography.”

Catherine Jansen has been inventing, exploring, and creating photographic processes that merge state of the art technology with traditional photography since the late 1960s, and has exhibited and published both nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Grant and two Cultural Incentive Grants. Jansen’s work is represented in numerous museum and corporate collections.

Brian H. Peterson, who served as the chief curator of the Michener Art Museum from 1990 to 2013, has been an artist, critic, musician, author, and arts administrator in the Philadelphia area for more than forty years. His photography has been featured in more than 35 solo exhibitions since 1980, and his work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums in the United States. Peterson received two fellowships for visual arts criticism from the PA Council on the Arts.

Michael A. Smith, born in Philadelphia in 1942, began working in photography in 1966 and has since been featured in more than 200 exhibitions. He has twice received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Smith’s work is included in the permanent collections of more than 125 museums in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Bibliothèque Nationale.

View Finders: Four Photographic Voices is supported by the Photography Patrons Circle of the James A. Michener Art Museum.

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About the James A. Michener Art Museum

The James A. Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits American art, and promotes the work of nationally and internationally known Delaware Valley artists of all eras and creative disciplines. The museum presents exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions and offers diverse educational programs that develop a lifelong involvement in the arts. Throughout the year, the Michener Art Museum hosts a wide range of programs open to the public, including lectures, artists conversations, gallery talks, artist studio tours, dance performances, jazz and other musical performances, family-themed activities, and other events. The museum also offers a diverse selection of art classes for children and adults, which include instruction in drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking as well as programs for the public, schools, and teachers designed to support arts and STEAM education. The James A. Michener Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday noon – 5:00 pm. For more information, visit or call 215.340.9800.