Torrance York, of New Canaan, was named the grand prize winner in the professional serious amateur category of Fairfield Museum and History Center's IMAGES 2013 juried photography exhibition, chosen from 55 other finalists and nearly 500 entrants from four states.
York's piece, "Refractions 3/19/12 #1150," an image of her 7-year-old daughter, was part of the portrait category. Her prize will be a 10-day exhibition at Southport Galleries in the fall.
"I am thrilled by this honor," York said. "Because I am profoundly interested in how the camera lens captures life in its own way, I was pleased that the judges saw what I hoped they would. And I am looking forward to my solo exhibition at Southport Galleries in the near future."
York earned a master's degree in fine arts, photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and a bachelor's degree from Yale.
Before attending graduate school, she worked at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., between 1989 and 1991. In 2010, she received an Artist Fellowship grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and in 2007 was selected as a Radius Emerging Artist by the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.
Among her numerous awards is a first place from New York Times art critic Benjamin Genocchio in the 2008 Ridgefield Guild Annual Juried Show and a second place from gallerist Peter MacGill in the Silvermine Arts Center's SPECTRA 2007 National Photography Triennial.
She is also an artist member of Silvermine Arts Center and serves on the board of the Educational Video Center in New York City, where she formerly taught.
York enjoys teaching photography as well.
"I am inspired by the youth I teach in the Carver Foundation of Norwalk's Youth Development Program at Norwalk High School," she said. "My photo students collaborate with students from NicaPhoto in Nicaragua. Ronnie Maher, a photographer from Norwalk, founded and directs NicaPhoto. Six of my students did a service trip to NicaPhoto in August 2011 and we just created a book, `Carver/Nica Connection,' a conversation in images that will be presented at the Carver Foundation's 75th Anniversary Gala on May 17."
In addition to York, two other New Canaan residents were selected to exhibit their work.
Jennifer Moon Koz was chosen for her piece, "Barbed Webs," in the nature category and Jeanne Mcdonagh, head of the photography department at New Canaan High School, was selected for her piece, "White Tulip."
IMAGES 2013, Fairfield Museum's fifth annual juried photography exhibition, along with a solo exhibition featuring international photographer Philip Trager, will be on view through July 21.
The museum, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, is open daily. Admission for members is free; $5 for nonmembers, and $3 for students and seniors. For information, call 203-259-1598 or visit www.fairfieldhistory.org.