15-year old GCAA Freshman Ashton Patterson will be exhibiting his work at the Fall 2017 Shaw Art Fair, a large juried art fair held annually in the Shaw Neighborhood.
Ashton has been interested in photography for a few years. He took his first photography class in the 2017 spring semester at GCAA. His interest peaked last summer when his family's food truck was hired to feed the band members of Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin back stage at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. Ashton took a photo of two members of Breaking Ben wearing the family's food truck's tee shirts and received many compliments on the composition. Realizing that he could do so much more with a "real" camera than he could with is iPhone, a spark ignited.
After having several photos selected for the GCAA Art Show, Ashton began thinking about participating in larger venues. Since his family has always attended the Shaw Art Fair and has purchased many pieces there, this was a natural goal. Ashton submitted four of his photos to be reviewed by the jury and was one of 12 photographers accepted out of more than 20 applicants. The average score of the selected photographers was 16.6; Ashton scored 17. Applicants come from all over the US, including some international artists. Ashton's mother has been told by several people associated with the Historic Shaw Art Fair that Ashton is the youngest artist ever to be selected.
Congratulations to Ashton!
[Information for this story provided by Kimberly Patterson].