Second Place: Kathryn Dunlevie - Pontchartrain
N.Y. Photo Curator: Global Photography Awards- 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' Second Place: Kathryn Dunlevie - Pontchartrain (Click on image for larger view)
PONTCHARTRAIN by Kathryn Dunlevie
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Kathryn Dunlevie says of her series, 'MISTICK KREWES', In New Orleans in 1857 a newly formed secret society, the Mistick Krewe of Comus, began the tradition of celebrating Mardi Gras with a torch-lit procession of extravagantly designed floats. 

My current project, Mistick Krewes, is an homage to the rich jumble of thatcity’s overlapping cultures and the still perceptible aura of its tempestuous history. Since its founding in 1718, New Orleans’ cultural, political and natural landscapes have been continually invaded and eroded, bought and sold, enriched and transformed.
A visitor to New Orleans might pass through districts, buildings and gardens that exhibit centuries of intertwining Native American, Spanish, French, African & American influences.

City streets are named for Greek muses, native tribes and 18th-century French nobility. Surrounding swamplands are swallowed by encroaching gulf waters. The atmosphere is charged with an air of mystery, a strange sense of desire, and a whiff of something hazily remembered, beckoning from just around the next corner. It is a place where history is revered and where it can sometimes be ‘mistickally’ re-experienced.

In these works I am combining my photographs with images from the internet, print media and old photo albums. Adding layer upon layer, revisiting each composition again and again, I am working toward scenes that compel even as they may mislead. Interweaving elements from nature, history and contemporary culture conjures up landscapes inhabited by plants, wildlife, and otherworldly beings, evoking lost cultures and the Mardi Gras costumes that celebrate them."
Kathryn Dunlevie is a photography-based artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally. Cathy Kimball, Executive Director of the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, writes of Dunlevie’s work: "Through brilliant compositional detail and manipulation, she creates disconcerting, surprising, inexplicable spaces and scenarios – swimming pools that have many points of entry, cloisters with multiple arched domes, streetscapes that elude mapmakers, and interior settings that are almost, but not quite, right.​"​

Dunlevie has always been intrigued by spatial and temporal inconsistencies, and by each individual’s particular and shifting sense of reality. She fragments, reassembles and layers photographs to suggest the intrusion of alternate worlds. Her photographs of everyday images are transformed into compositions that hint at mysterious underlying structures and intangible extra dimensions.

Born on the east coast, Dunlevie lived in six different states by the time she was 12, and in Paraguay when she was 16. She has a B.A. in fine arts from Rice University, and studied art history and film at the University of Paris, painting at California College of the Arts, and photography in Madrid. She lives in Palo Alto.

Dunlevie has received numerous awards and fellowships, including two Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Laureate Fellowships. Her work has been exhibited at FotoFest International since 2002, at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China, at Studio Thomas Kellner in Germany, in the US Art in Embassies Program in Moscow and in Saatchi Arts’ Best of 2014.

Her work has been reviewed in Spain’s La Fotografia Actual, Korea’s photo + and  Germany’s Profifoto, as well as in The New York Times, Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts, Photo Metro, Artweek, and Artlies.


Eight solo exhibitions at FotoFest
​ ​International (​Houston​)
​ (2002 - 2018)

Included in China's PingYao International Photography Festival (2017)

Included in Saatchi Art's "BEST of 2014"

Reviewed in Korea's Photo+ magazine, (2013)

Included in "Parallax Views", San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, California
​Included ​four times ​in Germany's  Photographers Network Selection (2006-2013)

Included the US Art in Embassies Program in Moscow (2012) 

Two time Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Laureate Fellow with cash awards and solo exhibitions at the Triton Museum of Art,
​Santa Clara, ​
California (2001 and 2005)

Included in "Fresh Work IV: Actualities", Southeast Museum of Photography, Florida (2004)

Included in "Timekeepers", San Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco, 
California (2000)