N.Y. Photo Curator: Global Photography Awards- 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' SECOND PLACE: CRYSTAL TURSICH “Things We've Saved” (Click on image for larger view)
THINGS WE SAVED by Crystal Tursich
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Review by Curator Susan Spiritus:
Crystal Tursich’s photograph, “Things We've Saved” has a bare emptiness to it, but it brought me back time and again. Although we only see a small part of a room, we are left to question things about the house. Have they moved out or are they moving in? I chose to believe the former.
It appears empty – the people have moved out – or moved on and its starkness was evident to me. Was the photographer the child who played with the bear? Is the photographer the daughter whose parent sat in that chair? While the photo does not give us many answers it is one I returned to several times to think about – but still did not get my questions answered. It left me thinking that the journey began years ago in this house with a child whose favorite toy was the stuffed Pooh bear and the books were his/her favorites that were read on a daily basis…. by whom? I think it was the grandparent’s home for many years and the grandchild made frequent visits. It was probably the ‘favorite’ chair and was used everyday and each time stories were read. Surely a photograph of this arrangement is a way to remember the past – the journey."

Crystal Tursich says, "In Silence is a series of photographs that visualize loss and the looming emotions following such an experience. As I heal both physically and mentally, I have turned to my camera to construct and document the moments, object, and feelings that connect me to my loss. The resulting images serve as artifacts, creating a visual archive of my experience and the accompanied complex emotions that cannot be articulated through words alone."

Often drawing on memory and emotion, Crystal Tursich creates diaristic work that hovers between staged self-portraits and constructed memories. 

Recently, she has been included in group exhibitions in Cincinnati, Minneapolis and Louisville. As a plastic camera and film photography enthusiast, she is pleased to have been included in both the Somerville Toy Camera Festival and Soho Photo Gallery's Krappy Kamera Exhibition. 

Last year, Tursich participated in a collaborative project with six other women that was shown in Columbus and Peoria.

She was also invited to create site specific work for the Franklin Park Conservatory with others who attended or taught in the Photography Department at CCAD. 

Crystal Tursich lives in Columbus, Ohio and serves as an Upper School Art Teacher at Columbus Academy specializing in photography.

Previously, Tursich has held positions as a Lecturer at The Ohio State University and an Adjunct Instructor at Columbus College of Art & Design. She holds an MFA from Columbus College of Art & Design and a BFA from Adrian College. 


BFA Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan 2005
MFA Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio 2012

Solo Exhibitions

In the Shadows, Ohio Art League, Columbus, Ohio 2011
Homecoming Alumni Exhibition, Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan 2008
Selected Works, Spice, Toledo, Ohio 2007
Collaborative Projects
Baptism, Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria, Illinois 2017 
Baptism, Pennington Custom Art, Columbus, Ohio 2017

Select Juried & Group Exhibitions

ARCHIVE [photo], Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio 2018
The Telling Image, Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2018
Image OHIO, Fort Hayes Shot Tower Gallery, Columbus, Ohio 2018
Biennial Juried Exhibition, Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio 2017
Glasshouse: Photo Flora Form, Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio 2017
Noves Histories: Ohio Art League Spring Juired Exhibition, OSU Urban Arts Space, Columbus, Ohio 2016
Modes of Photographic Vision, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, Blue Ash, Ohio 2016
The Inland Experience, Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky 2015
Somerville Toy Camera Festival, Nave Gallery, Somerville, Massachusetts 2015
Krappy Kamera Exhibition, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, New York 2015
Happy Together, Columbus Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, Ohio 2014
Art and Artists of Ohio, Tacocat Cooperative, Columbus, Ohio 2014
Time, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Museum of New Art, Pontiac, Michigan 2013
Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio 2013
The 99%, Rogue Community College, Grants Pass, Oregon 2012
Thunderdome, Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio 2012

Select Publications & Features

Artebella Daily Featured Artist, Louisville Visual Art Association 
Teaching Photography: Tools for the Imaging Educator, 2nd Edition, Focal Press 
Issue 69: Black and White, F-Stop Magazine


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