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SAY IT… an interactive photography exhibition


January 4, 2019

Basalt, CO

Media Contact: Jocelyn Murray, Exhibitions Manager; 970.927.4123;

SAY IT exhibition images
SAY IT exhibition images

“Viewers may associate something completely different with some of these images than even I would. I want to engage as many groups as we can,” Trace Nichols on SAY IT interactive exhibition at the Art Base.

The Charles J. Wyly Gallery at the Art Base is excited to present an upcoming exhibition, SAY IT, showcasing internationally exhibited Aspen visual artist and educator, Trace Nichols. Opening reception is Friday, January 11, from 5-7pm. The exhibition dates are January 11-February 1, 2019.

SAY IT is an education-based, interactive photographic experience where the final visual statements are made by the visitors who participate with the art. These statements can be created from 10×10 still-life images that represent singular ideas. The images can be “read” literally or symbolically, and when several images are brought together, they create an expanded idea or statement, like words forming a sentence. Visitors will be able to construct their ideas by selecting and sequencing 2 to 5 images together on the gallery wall. Participants will also have a chance to win photographic prints of their SAY IT statement—drawing will be held at the end of the exhibition.

Nichols describes this body of work:

“Photographs speak to us. They tell stories, present ideas, express emotions, all through their visual language. They allow us to talk across cultural, geographic, and social borders. I am drawn to the notion that we have a medium today that enables us to communicate our thoughts to others regardless of race, age, gender, lifestyle, or ethnicity. The goal of this exhibition is to create ways of communicating important ideas through the personal selection and ordering of these visual ingredients— forming new conversations around our current experience of visual art.”

Nichols received a MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a BS in Studio Art from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. She has been a faculty member at the Academy of Art University since 2009, teaching for the graduate photography program.

Her work has been exhibited in such institutions as the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers Bankside Gallery in London, Aspen Art Museum, Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton, Fla.; Brevard Art Museum in Melbourne, Fla.; and The Red Brick Arts Center among others, as well as in private collections throughout the United States.

Nichols will speak about her experience producing an interactive, educational exhibition in a members-only art talk led by the Art Base Executive Director Genna Moe on Thursday, January 24, at 5:30pm at the Charles J. Wyly Gallery.

Located at 99 Midland Spur in downtown Basalt, the Charles J. Wyly Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 5pm.

This exhibition is part of ARTB2F, 2ND Fridays Artwalk in historic downtown Basalt from 5-7pm. For more information and full schedule visit Contact 970-927-4123 or

This exhibition is free and open to the public. The artist will be present.