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“The Fence” Outdoor Exhibit Returns to Nathan Benderson Park

| Douglas Jessmer |

Some of the world’s best photography will return in a unique outdoor exhibit from mid-November through February 2021. The Photoville FENCE makes its third consecutive appearance at Nathan Benderson Park. Opening Nov. 21, the show is open to the public from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. every day.

The public photography project is exhibited year-round in major parks and downtowns across North America. Featuring more than 90 photographers annually, the exhibition brings compelling visual stories into the public realm, and to a wide and diverse audience. As an outdoor exhibition, social distancing is a distinct built-in feature of the show.

First brought to the Sarasota-Bradenton area and to Nathan Benderson Park in 2018 with the help of photography enthusiast Laura Feder, the Sarasota exhibit’s founding donor, the hundreds of yards of scrim includes the best selections of an international jury of artists, photographers, photo directors and curators. The park’s nonprofit operator, Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA), brings the Photoville FENCE back to the park this year.

“Art belongs in the park,” SANCA Chief Executive Officer Tomas Herrera-Mishler said. “We are so pleased to be sponsors of the Photoville FENCE once again this year and invite everyone in the community to come and enjoy this free opportunity to enjoy some of the nation’s best photography.”

Photographers are invited to participate by submitting their work for consideration by a jury of over 50 international art professionals. The resulting ninth edition exhibition is presented in 11 locations in partnership with local cultural and civic organizations. Other sites include Atlanta, Brooklyn, Calgary, Denver, Durham, Houston, New Orleans, Seattle, Winchester, Mass., and Fargo-West Fargo-Moorhead, N.D.

Consistently attracting exceptional work by a diverse pool of photographers, the Photoville FENCE spotlights a wide range of photographic and lens-based stories. By exploring the universal themes of people, streets, play, creatures, home, food, and nature, the exhibition elevates our understanding of the world-at-large and issues close to home.

The local show also includes a showcase of seven Florida photographers, judged separately from the international show.

The exhibition is free to the public. The Photoville Fence will appear on the upper finish tower parking lot, on both sides of a chain-link fence between the two bridges onto the park’s Regatta Island. 

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