This year, marking its sixth anniversary, SHEMER HONORS recognized Mark Klett, an award-winning photographer based in Tempe, AZ. The event was held Friday, November 19, and included a private reception with Mark and a dinner featuring a video of his career and artistic journey.
During his 40-year career Klett has redefined the art of landscape photography. Using large format film cameras, and more recently a high-end digital camera system that includes multiple camera bodies and an interchangeable digital back, Klett shoots in both color and black and white, and his images link geography, history and the mythology of the American West. His work has been presented in many solo and group exhibitions at national and international venues. He has authored 18 books and his work is held in more than 80 museum collections worldwide. He is a Regents Professor at Arizona State University (ASU), a position he has held since 2001. He has been at ASU since 1982.
SHEMER HONORS is an annual dinner gala, designed after the Kennedy Honors program, which each year recognizes ONE Arizona artist who has achieved great success in his or her career and given back to the Arizona community.
In 2022 we will celebrate the seventh anniversary of this event with an exhibition and cocktail reception starting at 6 p.m. at the Shemer Art Center, followed by a dinner and program at 7 p.m. The program will possibly be broadcast for additional event attendees to enjoy virtually. The broadcast will include a personally narrated exhibition tour. Previous honorees include Angela Tassoni, Jim Waid, Merrill Mahaffey, Bill Nebeker, Beth Ames Swartz and Mark Klett.
Please enjoy photos of the event, taken by David James.