"At the time [of the award], I was beginning to work on a new series of images called, Found Unfound. The full amount of the award went back into supporting my art practice--the purchase of supplies, materials and chemistry that I then used to make new works which were subsequently shown in the Currents exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Art, Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, the Click Triangle Festival in Durham, NC and ... the University of Maine Museum of Art. Sometimes it is hard to tell with an art career which specific accolades lead to other things, but in this case I can certainly trace a definite cause and effect connection. It is also a true honor to be the recipient of this particular award--the namesake of the award is an artist whom I admire greatly, and I have nothing but respect for the views and knowledge of the juror, Del Zogg. I would like to thank New Orleans Photo Alliance for administering this award which I think is an invaluable resource for emerging and mid-career photographers."
Keliy Anderson-Staley, winner of NOPA's Clarence John Laughlin Award which includes a $5,000 cash award and an exhibition in the NOPA Gallery