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Torrance York, artist and educator,was born in New York City. She published her monograph Semaphore (Kehrer Verlag) in 2022 and exhibited the series at Rick Wester Fine Art, NYC. Upcoming solo shows of Semaphore include the Danforth Art Museum at Framingham University, MA (October 7, 2023 - January 28, 2024), and the Lightburn Gallery, New Canaan Library, CT (June 2024). 


Awards for Semaphore include selection for Portfolio 2022 at Atlanta Photography Group, Critical Mass 2021 finalist, Lenscratch’s 2021 Art & Science Awards, and semi-finalist and Olcott award winner from The Print Center's 95th ANNUAL International competition (2020). The book – awarded a 1st place by the Lucie Foundation’s International Photography Awards 2022 and named a 2022 favorite book by online magazine What Will You Remember? – includes an essay by Rebecca Senf, PhD, Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ.


Semaphore has been featured in Dodho Magazine, All About Photo, L’oeil de la Photographie, and Feature Shoot. Parkinson’s Life, Fraction Magazine, and Shadow & Light Magazine published interviews with the artist. Recently York presented Semaphore at the World Parkinson’s Congress in Barcelona, Spain.


Private and public collections with York’s photographs include Fine Art Collection at Montefiore Einstein, NY; AllianceBernstein, New York, NY; John & Sue Wieland Collection at the Warehouse, Atlanta, GA; and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI. York has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Fotonostrum, Barcelona, Spain; Littlejohn Contemporary, New York, NY; Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA; TILT, Philadelphia, PA; Schelfhaudt Gallery, University of Bridgeport, CT; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; and Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY.


York earned a BA from Yale and an MFA in photography from RISD. She was a resident artist at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO, and received a Connecticut Artist Fellowship grant in 2010. She is represented by Rick Wester Fine Art and is a Silvermine Guild of Artists member. Since 2001 York has served on the Board of the Educational Video Center in NYC, where she formerly taught documentary video. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and their two teenagers. 

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