Wyoming Arts Council

Wolin documents Jewish culture in the U.S.

Penny Wolin, who attended high school in Cheyenne, has announced a new project that “continues her exploration of Jewish culture in America.” Penny’s first book, “The Jews of Wyoming: Fringe of the Diaspora,” came out in 2000. It documented five generations of Jewish life in the state.

This time she photographs prominent photographers and musicians who have Jewish backgrounds. Her work includes original portraits of her subjects, as well as heirloom photographs and family documents. The accompanying narrative comes from interviews and writings of the participants. She’s preparing this project as a traveling exhibition and a fine art publication.

Penny’s work has been exhibited solo at the Smithsonian Institution. She’s received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and private foundations and individuals.

Weston Naef, curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, says that Wolin “approaches her subjects with the thoroughness of a scholar and with the enthusiasm of an artist. Hers is an interesting line of inquiry that will contribute greatly to the history of photography.”

Now living in San Francisco, Wolin is looking for funding for this latest effort.

For further information, contact Penny at 323-807-3161 or studiomanager@pennywolin.com

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