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Photographer Barry Stone, Founder of Lakes Were Rivers Collective

Barry Stone standing at his desk in his studio

Barry Stone, the coordinator of the Photography program, is the founder of Lakes Were Rivers, a lens-based artist collective in Central Texas. The group includes several Photography faculty past and present including: Jason Reed, Ben Ruggiero, Elizabeth Chiles, Jessica Mallios, and Mike Osborne. The group will present Dark Matter, an exhibition of original images exploring the idea of celestial space, at Vanderbilt University this fall. The collective is also working closely with the Harry Ransom Center, an archive and museum at the University of Texas at Austin, on a show slated for the summer of 2013. For this project, Lake Were Rivers members will pair their own works with historical counterparts culled from the vast HRC archives. 
Stone’s work will be featured in a group show entitled The Walled Garden in New York City this September at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, where he will also have a solo show, Bright Lights, Dark Room, in January 2013. In addition, Stone’s work will be featured in a 13-page spread in the contemporary art journal Zing Magazine. Stone’s work was the subject of the inaugural monographic serial publication Pastelegram and was recently featured in the Austin Museum of Art’s 15 to Watch. He also had a solo show at Art Palace Gallery in Houston, Texas last fall. When not creating works of visual art, he is often writing on the subject. His essay, 1000 Words, a meditation on his own work, was recently published in the online art journal, …Might Be Good, and his review of a monograph of Cy Twombly’s photographs was featured in Pastelegram.