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About Aspen Gallery

Aspen Gallery focuses on contemporary fine art photography by emerging artists. We curate work from new talents who have a distinctive vision and a recognizable handwriting, and are committed to both making art attainable for new collectors and raising awareness among established art buyers. The gallery awards an annual $5,000 Artist Fellowship to honor artistic excellence and advance the careers of emerging artists. Fellowships are merit-based awards that are informed by an applicant’s work.

Aspen Gallery was founded by Johnny Patience, a fine art photographer, writer, and educator whose passion is to create art "as a means of living a life." Johnny's photographs have been featured in numerous international publications and awarded by the IPA. His first book, "Arriving Home,” was published in 2016.

Aspen's curatorial board is formed by Johnny Patience, Rebecca Lily, Gary Briechle, and Elan Cohen.

Rebecca Lily is a fine art photographer whose work has been exhibited and featured online and in print. She designs professional color grading products and consults for top photographers in the industry. Her products have been used in creative work for many Fortune 500 companies.

Gary Briechle is an accomplished artist who sculpts, draws and photographs. Gary's first monograph, representing 10 years' worth of his artistic process, was released in 2012 by Twin Palms Publishers. His work has been published in the New York Times and is part of the permanent collection of the Jersey City Museum, the Hunterdon Museum of Art, and the New Jersey State Museum. Gary was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015.

Elan Cohen is an advisor for some of the most recognized photographers in the industry. He curated the archive of prints for the trust at Paisley Park, home of music artist Prince, and manages the prints and archiving for renowned rock n' roll photographer Henry Diltz, who photographed Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and The Doors among many other artists.

Long a symbol for strength in community, aspen trees grow as a group; interconnected by their roots, they support each other by sharing resources. Aspen Gallery's collaborative approach is unique in that each individual success benefits all represented photographers. Aspen offers more service than many traditional art galleries while charging significantly less commission and is actively helping make the careers of our represented artists more sustainable. A portion of the gallery commission from every piece goes towards a common shared fund that benefits all of the artists represented by the gallery. The idea is to truly help one another succeed, and for more established photographers to pull new talents and help them on their way.