The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College Chicago has awarded the 2015 Snider Prize to Trent Davis Bailey (American, b. 1985). Bailey uses photography to piece together a map of his experience of The North Fork – a valley in Colorado whose landscape and inhabitants inspire the artist to explore his own complex terrain of memory and family. His work has been exhibited extensively in California and Colorado, including at The Piedmont Center for the Arts in Piedmont, CA, Gray Loft Gallery, in Oakland, and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center in Denver, among others. Bailey is currently an MFA candidate at the California College of the Arts, and received his BFA in Photography and BA in Art History from the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

This year, artists Tal Barel (Israeli, b. 1985) and Rachelle Bussières (Canadian, b. 1986) both received honorable mentions.  

The Snider Prize is a purchase award given to emerging artists as they leave graduate school. Bailey will receive $2000, and Barel and Bussières will each receive $500 for the purchase of work to be added to MoCP's permanent collection. Sponsored by Lawrence K. and Maxine Snider, the Snider Prize forms a part of the museum's ongoing commitment to support new talent in the field of contemporary photography.


Trent Davis Bailey

2015 Snider Prize award recipient Trent Davis Bailey, Karen, Hotchkiss, Colorado, 2014