SUU Photography Professor Wins 1st Place in Competition

Published: May 06, 2021 | Author: Ashley H Palmer | Read Time: 3 minutes

SUU’s Department of Art and Design is proud to recognize Associate Professor of Photography, Rheana Gardner-Reeves, in the prestigious exhibitions that she has been involved in over the last year. She received 1st place in the Photography as Sculpture category of the Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition located in Cumberland, Maryland, showcased in an international photography exhibition titled PH21 in the Contemporary Photography Gallery H-1092 located in Budapest, Hungary, and showcased in an International Group Exhibition in the Millepiani Exhibition Space located in Rome, Italy.

Jeff Hanson, Chair of the Art and Design Department at SUU, shared, “Professor Gardner-Reeves’ work ‘Body Boundaries’ engages the viewer on topics of identity, objectification, and the male gaze. The work transcends aesthetics to speak to the issues of our time. We commend Rheana on the well-deserved recognition for Best in Photography as Sculpture from the Allegany National Photography Competition and Exhibition, a recognition that confirms her commitment to excellence in her field, and exemplifies the power her art has as a voice in the social landscape.”Body Boundaries by Rheana Gardner-Reeves

Established in 2015, the competition began as a way to showcase photography talent in the region, but quickly grew into a nationally-recognized show. Each year, it has continued to grow, reaching nearly 1,000 entries nationwide from photographers representing 41 states. The competition features three categories: black and white (monochrome), color, and a third category, which has ranged from experimental to photography as sculpture.

Gardner-Reeves received an MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University in 2009. Her work has been showcased in The Greater Taipei Biennial of Contemporary Art exhibition at You·Zhang Art Museum and the Worldwide Photography Biennial Exhibition in Argentina. Additionally, her work has been exhibited at the Center for Fine Art Photography, Southern Utah Museum of Art, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, SE Center for Photography, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, MPLS Photo Center, Kiernan Gallery, Soho Photo Gallery, PhotoPlace Gallery, Image Flow Gallery, and Renmin University of China among others.

The SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts is honored to have such distinguished and talented professionals working with our students. Gardner-Reeves has a wonderful impact on her students and helps them explore their talents in photography. To view Rheana Gardner-Reeve’s photography, please visit For more information about the Department of Art and Design at SUU, please visit

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