Bob Avakian and his wife Gail visited Martha’s Vineyard for the summer in 1973 and it has been home ever since. He is a fine art photographer who’s home on and Island, love of buildings as well as the nighttime hours has led his work to evolve as an exploration of the solitude of the night and the rural habitat.
He has received numerous awards for his work, including: Photolucida Critical Mass 2013 Top 50 and awards in the Neutral Density Photography Awards and the International Photo Awards . This year he participated in Rfotofolio’s “Depth of Field” show at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel CA. . In 2013 he was awarded a solo show of his night photography at the South Shore Art center in Cohasset, Ma.
Bob’s work is in the collections of the Boston Athenaeum, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital’s permanent art collection, the Danforth Art Museum and other notable institutions. His photographs have been featured in Lenswork’s Seeing in Sixes, Aline Smithson's Lenscratch, Rfotofolio, Peta Pixel, and Dodho magazine among numerous others.
On Martha’s Vineyard, Bob’s images can be seen at Granary Gallery in West Tisbury.
SOLO AND TWO PERSON SHOWS
2017 Edgartown Free Public Library, Edgartown, MA
2014 June, Cape Cod Art Assoc. Selected Solo Exhibit
2014 August, The Granary Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA
2013 Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY Night Photography: Stephen DiRado & Bob Avakian
2013 Photographic Resource Center, Boston, Northeast Exposure Online, March Featured Artist
2013 South Shore Art Center, Gallery Prize Award-Solo Show, June-July, William Baczek-juror
Danforth Art Museum
Center for Fine Art Photography.
2017 Lenswork: Seeing in Sixes
2017 Rfotofolio: The 2017 Selections
2017 Tokyo International Foto Awards: Portfolio, 2nd Place Category; Portfolio Personal, First Place, Gold
2016 Cape Cod Art Association: The National, Best American Landscape
2014 Neutral Density Photography Awards 2014 1st Place, Night Photography
2014 Santa Fe Workshops "Water" Honorable Mention
2014 Cape Cod Art Assoc. "All Cape Cod" First Place Photography
2014 Still Point Art Gallery, "Landscapes by Day- Landscapes by Night" Best in Show-Portfolio.
2013 Photo Nights Boston, Photorama 2013 First Place Overall
2013 Cape Cod Art Association’s “All New England” Best of Show
2013 International Photography Awards 2nd Place, Night Photography
2013 Cape Cod Art Association “All Cape Cod” 2nd place photography
2012 Photolucida Critical Mass 2012 Finalist
2012 International Photography Awards Honorable Mention, Night Photography
& Honorable Mention, Landscapes
2012 Cape Cod Art Association’s “All New England” 2nd Place Award, Photography
2012 All Island Art Show, Martha’s Vineyard, Ma. Best of Show
2012 Cape Cod Art Association’s “The Big Picture” 2nd Place Award
JURIED GROUP SHOWS
2018 Center for Photographic Art, Carmel,CA. "Depth of Field" RFotoFolio
2017 Sohn Fine Art, Lenox, MA. "Ten Spot: Photography" Portfolio Competition.
2017 Tokyo International Foto Awards Exhibition: Portfolio
2016 Cape Cod Art Association: All New England
2016 Cape Cod Art Association: All Cape Cod
2015 Danforth Musuem of Art, Community of Artists, Honorable Mention
2014 PhotoPlace Gallery: "The Built Environment" Brian Vanden Brink
2014 Diffusion: "The Matter of Light" Blue Mitchell
2014 Griffin Museum of Photography "20th Juried Exhibition" Aline Smithson
2014 Danforth Museum, "Community of Artists"
2014 New York Center for Photographic Art "Same but Different"
2014 Project Basho "Onward Compe 14"
2013 Danforth Museum, New England Photography Biennial 2013” Francine Weiss
2013 Griffin Museum of Photography “19th Juried Exhibition” Kathy Ryan
2013 Kiernan Gallery “Portfolio Showcase 2013” Lexington, VA. Vicki Goldberg
2013 Soho Photo Gallery, NY, "National Competition", Ms. Laura Paterson, juror
2013 SchoolHouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA. "Annual Juried Show" Arlette Kayafas, juror
2013 South Shore Art Center, Photography Now, Karin Rosenthal, juror
2013 Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery, The Magic of Light, Aline Smithson, juror
2013 Cape Cod Art Association, "All Cape Cod"
2012 Cape Cod Art Association, "All New England"
2012 Griffin Museum Of Photography, "18th Juried Show" Paul Kopeikin, juror
2012 Cape Cod Art Association "The Big Picture" Paula Tognarelli, juror
2012 Greg Moon Art, Taos, NM, "After Dark" Greg Moon, juror
2012 Gallery Seven, Maynard, MA "Into the Night" Lance Kemig, juror
2014 The 28 & Bank Gallery "Night Photography"
2014 Photolucida Critical Mass 13 "How one thing Leads to Another"
Gordon Potts Gallery and Houston Center for Photography
2013 South Shore Art Center, Invited Member Show
2013 Griffin Museum of Photography, Atelier 17 show
2012 Griffin Museum of Photography, Atelier 15 & 16 shows
2017 Lenswork: Seeing in Sixes
2016 Dodho Magazine: Issue #2
2014 Peta Pixel "New England at Night" An Interview with Bob Avakian
2013 Vineyard Style Magazine, Spring Issue, Photography feature
2013 New Landscape Photography, Wilson Cummer, featured on June 24
Member: Board of Directors, Featherstone Center for the arts, Martha's Vineyard
Juried Member: Cape Cod Art Association
Juried Member: South Shore Art Center