Third Annual Photography Competition and Exhibit

Viewable Online or In-Person by Appointment

January 18 – February 12, 2021

Opening Reception: Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5:30 PM via Facebook Live

To make an appointment to view the exhibit in-person, please call 423-745-8781 or email

Athens Area Council for the Arts is pleased to present our third annual Photography Art Competition. This year’s exhibit was judged by Chattanooga photographer Dana Moody.

Buildings tell stories about people, societies, and cultures.  Dana Moody’s obsession for architectural studies began at an early age and has formed both her career and creative endeavors.  She explored different mediums and styles to translate how her eyes see historic architecture and interiors. Eventually, Dana discovered that photography is the perfect tool to capture, not only the architectural details, but the ethnographic conditions of the society surrounding the architecture.

Dana Moody’s architectural photographs are windows into the past…a glimpse of hopes and dreams…some fulfilled…some not. They, too, tell a story about people, society, and culture. They feature architectural sculpture and focus on interesting architectural lines. She emphasizes
and manipulates light and shadow to create depth and contrast. Through her photographs, Dana hopes to awaken the viewer’s soul and invite them to be transported to other cultures and times. 

Dana teaches Interior Architecture & Design at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she is currently a Full Professor. During the summers of 2017 & 2018, Dana conducted a photographic documentary project in Havana, Cuba entitled Havana: Behind the Façade.  This is the result of 2 consecutive residencies with Unpack Studio, Havana. Havana: Behind the
has been met with positive reviews resulting in 4 solo exhibitions, participation in 12 group exhibitions, 2 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 2 conference presentations across the United States.   In addition, the documentary was recognized with 2 awards. Currently, Dana is focusing her research and creative work on Cuban residential architecture by collecting the memories of Cuban exiles towards their neighborhoods and homes in Cuba before coming to the United States, then connecting these memories to images of these buildings today.

Professional Division

Digital Category

First Place: “The Year That Passed” by Gunnel Lindsey

Second Place: “Wall Street Journal” by Sheila Chesanow

Film Category

First Place: “Trail From Carver’s Gap, Roan Mountain” by Jan Burleson

Amateur Division

First Place: “Snow Moon” by Katie Lewis

Second Place: “Electronic Attraction” by Bethany Hobbs

Best in Show

“The Year That Passed” by Gunnel Lindsey

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