ACT visiting artist, Judy Gelles, will present her "Fourth Grade Project" in which for the past eight years Gelles has interviewed and photographed over 300 students from China, India, South Korea, England, Italy, St Lucia, South Africa and multiple areas of the United States. She asked all of the students the same three questions: Who do you live with? What do you wish for? and What do you worry about? Told in their own words, their stories touch on common human experiences and urgent social issues.
Gelles received her MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and her Masters in Counseling from the University of Miami. Her work is in major collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Visual Studies Workshop, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her work has been featured in Ms. Magazine; Vision Magazine, Beijing, China; Camerawork; New Art Examiner; Artweek and Photography Now. She is represented by Pentimenti Gallery Philadelphia, and DeSoto Gallery Los Angeles.