Ariel Shanberg
Executive Director
Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY, USA

Ariel Shanberg is the Executive Director of the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Founded in 1977, CPW brings forth its mission to provide opportunities in creation, discovery, and education, for emerging, underserved, and under-recognized voices in the photographic arts to an international audience. With year-round program offerings that include solo and curated group exhibitions, workshops, lectures, residencies, access to professional workspace, regional fellowship awards, and internships, CPW helps advance the development and careers of artists working in photography and related media. In its over 35 year history CPW has played a decisive role in the careers of some of today’s most respected image-makers. In 2010, CPW received the Spotlight award for having significantly altered the landscape of photography from the Lucie Foundation.

In addition to his work at CPW where he has been since 1999, Mr. Shanberg has written for such publications as Aspect - The Chronicle for New Media Art, Contact Sheet, European Photography, Exposure, and Nueva Luz. He has served on various panels including the inaugural UNSEEN Festival in 2012, and has been an invited juror and portfolio reviewer to FotoFest, regional and national SPE Conferences, Photolucida, and Critical Mass.

 As a portfolio reviewer, Mr. Shanberg offers participants professional development, guidance, and curatorial insight, as well as the rich and diverse opportunities available to artists at CPW. He is most interested in viewing cohesive bodies of work centered around conceptually driven theme(s) that have been or are near completion. He welcomes reviewing image-based work produced in a wide range of processes including video and new media. He looks forward to participating in mutually inspiring conversations with passionate image-makers. As CPW does not present traditional nudes, landscapes, floral, fashion, or stock photography, Mr. Shanberg would prefer not to review such work.