Synchronica::Framing Time

Artwork: Abby Jones, Bebe-Bramlett, and Evan Mcnamee

Artwork: Abby Jones, Bebe Bramlett, and Evan Mcnamee


The Galleries at the Historic Thomas Center are pleased to announce the opening of Synchronica :: Framing Time, which will run Friday, June 28, 2019 – Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. A public reception for the exhibition will take place June 28 from 7–9 p.m. during Artwalk Gainesville.

The word ‘synchronic’ refers to a thing as it exists in a moment in time.

Synchronica :: Framing Time, is an exhibition of 150 photo self-portraits and peer-portraits of young adults made in the same, broad place and ‘moment in time’: Gainesville, Florida 2019.

This exhibition is a part of Gainesville150! which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Gainesville. The Synchronica project is directed by Anne E. Gilroy, Curator of the Galleries of the Historic Thomas Center, and Russell Etling, Cultural Affair Manager for the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. Additional project collaborators include representatives from Alachua County Public Schools, the University of Florida Harn Museum of Art and Santa Fe College Fine Arts Department.

Collectively, the 150 portraits create a glimpse of a moment in time in the lives of young adults from their own perspective. Each individual portrait was juried from a total of more than 1,100 submissions, scored on artistic merit, presence of the subject, and the voice and vision of the photographer. Each portrait stands first on its own merit and subsequently becomes part of a powerful picture of community.

Artwork: Rive Haynes, Morgan Balch, and Kaylin White

Artwork: Rive Haynes, Morgan Balch, and Kaylin White

A call for entry was put out to high school, middle school and college-age students. Photographers from age 14 to age 21 were eligible to submit their images of themselves or peers. Over a four-week period, a jury of four, including artists and curators, scored the work for artistic merit and narrowed the body of work down to images.

The 150 selected works are fused onto specially treated aluminum in a process that results in a vibrant, archivally stable object that will last over time. The intention of the project is to leave a marker in time for a future generation 150 years hence. The works on aluminum will be exhibited for a time, then crated safely and stored. Thus, Synchronica will become a time capsule – a glimpse into the lives of young adults of 2019, which can be considered in 2169.

All the artists who submitted work to make this project a reality will be honored prior to the exhibition opening at the Historic Thomas Center. Eleven cash prizes of $100 each, donated in support of the art project by Mike Hastings, Realtor with Dawn Realty, will be awarded at that time to 11 images selected for excellence.

Synchronica :: Framing Time is funded in part through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment of the Humanities. Additional support comes from the Gainesville Art in Public Places Trust, Gainesville Fire Rescue, The Doris Bardon Endowment and the Arts Association of Alachua County. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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Synchronica :: Framing Time is one of the city-produced events in a yearlong series of exhibitions, programs, promotions, workshops and activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Gainesville on April 14, 1869. Gainesville150! aims to observe this historic milestone by bringing the community together through the anniversary year to reflect on our shared heritage, engage in building stronger relationships and looking forward toward our boundless future as the “New American City.”