Judy Gelles is a recipient of The Center for Emerging Visual Artists’ Alumni Travel Grant, a program designed to enable professional artists to pursue travel opportunities that further their artistic and/or professional development. Gelles used her grant to spend a week in Yakima, Washington where she continued her Fourth Grade Project at Harrah Elementary School, which has a large Native American population from the Yakama Indian reservation.
In the Fourth Grade Project, fourth graders from around the world answer three questions: Who do you live with? What do you wish for? What do you worry about? Over the past nine years, Gelles has interviewed and photographed more than 300 fourth grade students from the USA, China, India, Italy, England, St. Lucia, South Africa, South Korea, Nicaragua, and Israel.
Gelles received her MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1991, Her MEd in Counseling from University of Miami in 1968 and her Bachelor of Science from Boston University 1965. Judy Gelles is represented by Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, DeSoto Gallery, Los Angeles and Etherton Gallery, Tuscon.
Image: Judy Gelles, Fourth Grade Project in Yakima
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