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Invited Speaker: Danielle Austen


Danielle Austen is an award-winning fine art photographer specializing in intimate portraits of the environment.


Danielle received her BFA from Cornell University and worked as a graphic designer for seven years before attending the master’s program at the Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, in photojournalism.


Working for newspapers and magazines, her editorial work has been published locally, regionally and nationally, including “Life’s, The Year in Pictures.” Returning to her fine art roots, she has combined her skills and training and has participated in over three dozen national and international juried exhibits, two small group shows and two solo exhibits. She was recently selected to have solo exhibit as part of the “NJ Emerging Artist Series” at the Monmouth Museum in March 2016.


This year she was an Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and returned for a second time to Acadia National Park this fall. She previously did other residencies at the Everglades National Park and the Vermont Studio Center where she received a full fellowship.


Danielle has won awards both in her photojournalism and fine art work. In 2013, Danielle was a national winner of Canon’s “Project Imaginat10n” photo competition with Director Ron Howard. Celebrity director, Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, chose her winning image to help inspire his short film, “Evermore” which premiered October 2013 in NYC.

In August 2014, she was the co-creator and curator of the“NJ350 Elements” exhibit. In celebration of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary, this unique juried photography exhibit was created to represent the environment within the environment. Images of New Jersey’s nature and wildlife created by New Jersey photographers were printed on 40”x60” satin fabric and displayed outdoors around the Duke Farms Environmental Center in Hillsborough, NJ.


“We often get lost in the beauty of the majestic vistas, but I believe it’s the elements that make up these scenics that are of the greatest value. My photography reflects a desire to capture the unexpected views of the landscape that are often missed by the casual observer. As a documentary fine artist, I am bound to seek honesty in my subjects and to communicate the spirituality of the moment.  I search for what many may see as ordinary and to discover the extraordinary.”

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