Irene Imfeld spent six weeks in 2017 in residence at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, near Louisville. During that time she made the new series Phantasm: Autumn in the Kentucky Woods. This is the fourth group of images which reference the essence of nature through abstraction. She was awarded another residency at Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residencies in 2015 where she completed the Zone of Transformation series.
Her image, Vacant Nests #21, was chosen by William Wegman as Grand Prize Winner in the 2014 Fauna competition, San Francisco. The Vacant Nests series was shown at a solo exhibit at Soho Photo Gallery, New York, in June 2016, as winner of the SPG portfolio competition. Irene spoke about the development of her work at City College of San Francisco in April 2016, an update to her featured presentation, “The Artist’s Path,” at Shooting the West, Winnemucca, NV, in 2013. She had solo exhibitions at the Bolinas Museum and the Fresno Art Museum, both in 2007. In addition, she won awards in exhibitions at the Print Center, Philadelphia, and at the Atheneum, La Jolla, California.
Irene grew up in a small town in Ohio and received a BA from Mount St. Joseph College in 1970 as an art major. She has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since then and currently has a studio in Oakland. She is an accomplished digital printer who has worked with textiles and handmade books. She worked as a freelance book designer until the early 2000s. She is mostly self-taught in the photographic arts, having attended numerous photo workshops and reviews. Past active memberships include Bay Area Photographers Collective, 2009-13; SFMOMA Foto Forum, 2008-15; Berkeley Bridge Artists (exchange w/Japanese artists), 2005-15. Irene was co-owner and curatorial director of PHOTO Fine Art Photography, a regional gallery in Oakland, 2010-15. Irene is currently on the PhotoAlliance Board of Directors.