Judith Pishnery

Photographer,  Curator, Arts Consultant, Instructor/Mentor, Educator

Extensive professional experience in digital asset management, photography education, arts administration, assignments, exhibitions, and curatorial management.

Currently the Digital Asset Manager and Photography Team leader at Kennesaw State University, Judith is responsible for the oversight and structure of the university’s Digital Asset Library. Additionally, she manages the professional team of photographers in capturing the people and stories the make up the rich fabric of the university. Her role within the Strategic Communications and Marketing department is to provide creative support and direction for communications and marketing projects that range from print and digital ads to website assets.

As the Executive Director at the Atlanta Photography Group, Judith served as the chief operating officer of Atlanta’s oldest photography art center. She worked closely with the Board of Directors to direct and administer all programs, operations, and policies, supervised professional staff and volunteers, along with providing curatorial oversight and management and exhibitions, as well as structuring the handling of all of all digital and physical assets.

From 2014-2018, serving as the Photography Department Director at an Atlanta area college, Judith revamped the department with new computer classrooms, print labs, and put in place a streamlined equipment storage and checkout system. In addition to the physical changes in the department she was responsible for rewriting the curriculum to include a solid technical, and creative photographic base, along with an eye to current trends and techniques affecting a photographic career. She instituted a digital asset system to handle department and student digital files. Judith managed a team of 8 faculty members, a staff of 3 department employees, 3 federal work study students, 100+ students, a program budget of over $400,000 and annual equipment grants ranging from $11,000 to $120,000. Her other responsibilities included participation as a SkillsUSA advisor, Technical Chair and National Education Team member.

As a professional photographer, Judith worked on assignment for editorial, catalog, advertising and corporate clients. She provided exceptional customer service and outstanding value for her clients, including organization and management of several clients’ digital assets.

In addition, she has served on the working boards of APA/Atlanta (American Photographic Artists) and the Advisory Board of Atlanta Celebrates Photography (an annual photography festival). She has been involved on the Board of Directors of ACP since the early planning sessions in 1998.

She resides in a small town outside Atlanta, not unlike where she grew up in Pennsylvania, with her husband and two dogs.

Her company, Pisconeri Workshops provides expert, dynamic and creative learning experiences. The Workshops are an opportunity to learn from a professional photographer and educator through hands-on-instruction, field trips, and travel experiences, bringing together the worlds of photography, art, history, travel and exploration for the creative mind. Each workshop is specially designed to explore and experiment with techniques, methods and creative processes to expand the visual content and technical expertise of the photograph. Locations include: the Tuscan & Umbrian country-sides of Italy, areas of Franice including - Paris, Provence, the Dordogne, Normandy and the Loire Valley, Portugal (with a base in or near Lisbon) and US locations include Atlanta, the Southeast and select locations.

Judith H. Pishnery - curriculum vitae 2022

Extensive professional experience in photographic assignments, and education.

  • PISCONERI STUDIO LLC., Atlanta, GA - Partner and Photographer, 1984-present
  • KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY, Kennesaw, GA - Photography & Digital Asset Manager, 2021-present
  • ATLANTA PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP, Atlanta, GA - Executive Director, Curator, 2018-present
  • An Atlanta Area COLLEGE, GA - Photography Program Director, 2014-2018
  • SCAD/ATLANTA, Atlanta, GA - Professor, Photography, 2007-2014
  • THE ATLANTA SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY, Atlanta, GA - Faculty, 2017-present
  • THE SHOWCASE SCHOOL, Atlanta, GA - Faculty, 2002-2017
  • ATLANTA COLLEGE OF ART, Atlanta, GA - Adjunct Faculty, Photography, 1990-2006
  • THE PORTFOLIO CENTER, Atlanta, GA - Adjunct Faculty, 1998-2002
  • GWINNETT TECHNICAL COLLEGE, Lawrenceville, GA - Adjunct Faculty, 1986-2002
  • ART INSTITUTE OF ATLANTA, Atlanta, GA - Faculty Photography, 1981-1998
  • BELLA MUSEO ART GALLERY, Atlanta, GA - Partner, Gallery Curator, 1992-1994

EDUCATION

  • Savannah College of Art & Design, Atlanta GA, 2008-2011
       Master of Fine Arts - Photography
       Graduate Honors Scholarship
       Internship – High Museum of Art, curator Julian Cox
       Internship – Lumiere Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • Savannah College of Art & Design, Atlanta GA, 2008-2009
       Master of Arts - Commercial Photography
       Presidential Scholarship
  • New York University, Graduate studies, 2000, 2001
       Art & Humanities/Education, Concentration in Photography
  • Emory University, Professional studies, Web Design & Development, 2005-2007
  • Thomas Edison State College, Bachelor of Arts degree; specialization in Photography, 1996-1998
  • Alliance Francaise, Atlanta, French Language Studies, 1998-present

CLIENTS, PUBLICATIONS & PROJECTS

  • HBI industries, CPKelco, Mayer Brothers, Tishman Speyer, Atlanta Magazine, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, The Coca-Cola Company, Fischer Connectors, GolfStar Media-PGA, NBA-D-League, UPS Capital, Cosentino, Cosmetic Specialties, TJ Mitchell, Piedmont Healthcare, Pickens County Chamber of Commerce, Hodges Taylor Gallery, Art Initiative, Faulkner+Locke, SoHoMyriad, Sheraton Hotels, Marriot Hotels, Hyatt Regency and others.
  • Conducts photographic workshops, seminars and field trips throughout the US and Europe.

EXHIBITS & COLLECTIONS

  • Atlanta, Pheonix Flies - Atlanta Preservation Center - 2014
  • Eyes to the World - SW Arts Center - 2013
  • SCAD/Atlanta - Front of Building display 2012-2013
  • SCAD/Atlanta – Open Studio 2011
  • Beyond the Glass - Atlanta Nights, Emerging Art Scene, Atlanta, GA 2011
  • Abstract Show, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta 2010
  • Little Things Mean A Lot, Swan Coach House, Atlanta 2010
  • Bank of America Plaza, The ACP Visionaries 2010
  • *SCAD Atlanta Photographic Exhibition – 2010. Co-curator & exhibitor.
        In conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography.
  • *SCAD Atlanta Photographic Exhibition – 2009. Co-curator & exhibitor.
        In conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography.
  • Serenbe Photographic Center – 2009
  • SCAD/Atlanta – Open Studio 2008
  • SCAD - Oculus, Savannah & Atlanta 2007
  • Tamron – PMA 2007
  • Atlanta Photography Gallery, Atlanta 2005-2006, Collectors Print Portfolio.
  • *Whole Foods Gallery, Atlanta 2006, Invited artist
  • Toy Camera - Juried Exhibition, galerieMC, Atlanta 2005
  • Summer Stock: Road Trip - galerieMC, Atlanta 2005
  • ASO-Decorator's Showhouse, April in Paris, Atlanta 2005
  • Extra-Ordinary - galerieMC, Atlanta 2004
  • Alliance Francaise, Atlanta 2004. Benefit Art Show
  • Slow Exposures - Pike County Historic Society, Juried Exhibit, 2004
  • Out of the Blue - Blue Ridge, Georgia 2004
  • Summer Stock - galerieMC, Atlanta 2004
  • 10 - WIF 10th Anniversary Juried Exhibit, Atlanta 2003
  • Grant Park Conservancy, artist invitational. Atlanta 2003
  • Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Atlanta 2003. Juried Exhibit & Auction
  • Alliance Francaise, Atlanta 2002, Three Atlantans in France
  • *Small Business Services/Pisconeri Workshops, Atlanta 2002, Paris Inspirations
  • onenitestand “intoxicating” artist invitational, Atlanta, 2002
  • Roche Bobois, Atlanta 2002 Contemporary Viewpoints
  • Atlanta Photography Gallery, Atlanta 2001-2002
  • Southern Exposure-J. Caslon- juried exhibit
  • New York University, New York City 2001. Impressions of China-group exhibit
  • Atlanta Photography Gallery, Atlanta 2001. Fay Gold Selects-juried exhibit
  • Darius & Storey Gallery, Atlanta 2001
  • Women in Focus - Group exhibit - "In The Dark"
  • Genema Gallery, Atlanta 2001. Women in Focus - Group exhibit - "Inspiration"
  • Central Academy of Art & Design, Beijing China 2001
  • Group exhibit - NYU Photography as Art
  • *Georgia Perimeter College, Atlanta 2000, Solo exhibit - Phainomenon
  • Alliance Francaise d'Atlanta, Atlanta 2000, Group exhibit - From Paris to Provence
  • *Photographer's Collective-invitational exhibition, Atlanta 1999. Group exhibit
  • Upstairs Gallery, Atlanta 1999
  • Visions of Grace-juried show, Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA 1997
  • Art Institute of Atlanta Gallery - Faculty & Alumni Exhibits: 1985-1997
  • Atlanta College of Art - Faculty Exhibit: 1990, 1992, 94, 97, 99
  • APA members Exhibit: 1991, Architecture: 1992, Black&White: 1993
  •    *Curator of exhibition

COURCES TAUGHT / Under‐graduate, Graduate

  • Photographic Foundations: Photo 101, Photo 102
  • Darkroom: Traditional BW & Color, Digital printing
  • Digital Photography: Lightroom, Photoshop, Advanced Digital
  • Photographic Lighting & Techniques: Intro, Advanced, Location
  • Portrait Photography
  • Fashion Photography
  • Architectural & Interior Photography
  • Food Photography
  • Night Photography
  • Large Format (View Camera)
  • Project / Critique Seminars
  • History of Photography
  • Intro to Video Production for Photographers
  • Issues in Contemporary Photography
  • Business of Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Websites for Photographers

PROFESSIONAL PROFILES, PRINTED ARTICLES, BLOG POSTS

  • The Essential Guide to the Business of Photography - by Judith Pishnery
  • Tamron/ e-Newsletter - Feast for the Eyes
  • KEH - Food Photography
  • Tamron/e-Newsletter – Winter in the City
  • Tamron/e-Newsletter – Shooting in The Big City
  • Tamron/ The Viewfinder - Photographer Profile, Spring 2007
  • Tamron/ The Viewfinder - Photographer Profile, Fall 2006
  • Peterson's PHOTOgraphic Magazine - feature article, June 2005
  • Peterson's PHOTOgraphic Magazine - feature article, November 2004
  • Peterson's PHOTOgraphic Magazine - feature article, May 2004
  • Peterson’s PHOTOgraphic Magazine - Career Profile, January 2003
  • Tamron/ The Viewfinder - Photographer Profile, Spring 2003

AWARDS

  • 5th Annual Photography Masters Cup
  • PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris – 2007, 2009 Honorable Mention
  • Polaroid Corporation-Polaroid Professional Chrome Contest, First prize-Product category
  • Forox Corporation-Forox Creative Slide Contest, Honorable mention

ASSOCIATIONS (current & past)

  • Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Inc., Advisory Board – 2008-2016
  • American Photographic Artists / Atlanta, Board of Directors – 2009-2016
  • Society of Photographic Education
  • Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Inc., Board of Directors – 1998-2008
  • Advertising Photographers of America/Atlanta (APA), 1993-1995 Vice-president,
       Board of Directors 1993-1997, Newsletter Editor,
       1995 National Counsel Representative and Education Committee
  • Professional Photographers of America
  • Atlanta Photography Group