Monday, 2 March 2015


Event Date: 2/12/2015
Event Location: Bowers Museum

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Aging as Art logo_1The Council on Aging-Orange County (COAOC) hosted an evening with the photographers on February 12th for its 2nd Annual Aging as Art Photography Show. The Aging as Art Photography Show is a photographic journey celebrating the diversity, dignity, and beauty of the aging experience. Through the artistic expressions of professional, amateur, and student photographers, this juried show affirms the wisdom and character achieved from a life well lived.

“The time has come to celebrate the positive aspects of aging. Our photographers capture it beautifully through their images on display in Aging as Art.” Lisa Wright Jenkins

The Aging as Art Photography show was envisioned several years ago by Julie Schoen, Program Director and General Counsel at COAOC, who had become discouraged by the array of anti-aging advertisements and negative aging articles that were pervasive in all types of media.  In response, she envisioned a photography competition and show that celebrated the diversity, dignity, and beauty of the aging experience, affirming the wisdom and character of a live well lived. The Aging as Art Photography has brought her vision to life.


This past winter, 166 photographs from amateur and professional photographers were submitted and anonymously judged by our distinguished panel of jurors. The panel consisted of 6 accomplished and recognized professional artists including Michele Cardon, Director of Photography for the Orange County Register, Jacques Garnier, President of The Legacy Project, Laurie Mirman, Founder and President of Site Services, Rita Swanson, graphic designer and illustrator, and decorated photographers, Laurel Hungerford and Barbara White.

Of the 166 photographs submitted, 10 received an award, including a first place, second place, third place and two honorable mentions, and 60 were selected to be displayed.

2015 Amateur Winners

Amateur Winners

Professional Winners

2015 Professional Winners

“There is something about this generation–their indispensable spirit–that keeps them going no matter what. They are strong and living their life, just being who they are-independent. I am fascinated by their spirit, which is what made me want to capture them.” Edward L. Rubin

In case you missed the viewing at the Bower’s Museum, please come see the winning and select photographs at the Newport Beach Central Library from June 19 through July 10.


Partners and Sponsors

The COAOC would like to pay special thanks to the Bowers Museum and Newport Beach Public Library.

For their contributions, the COAOC would also like to thank our sponsors: the Council on Aging – Orange County Board of Directors, BEHR, Aaron Brothers, Country Garden Caterers, and The James Irvine Foundation.

Some Pictures for the Reception: