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Art Myers

As well as being a fine art photographer, Dr. Art Myers is a physician trained in public health and preventive medicine. He is largely self-taught as a photographer although he has studied in workshops with Joyce Tenneson, Annie Leibovitz, Arnold Newman, Larry Fink, Sally Mann and other well-known photographic artists.

Myers's work has appeared in exhibitions across the country, including the Bowers Museum, Orange County, California; Boulder, Colorado Museum of Contemporary Art; San Diego Art Institute; New York City's Phoenix Gallery; the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; and many others. In addiont, several publications have featured his photographs including Progresso Fotografico (Milan); the Journal of the American Medical Association; San Diego Union Tribune; and several others.

He has been named one of "The Best 100 Photographers" by the international Ernst Haas Awards competition. In 1996 he was awarded a $5000 projects grant from The Breast Cancer Fund of San Francisco. He subsequently received a commission from Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to photograph HIV positive women throughout the US and Puerto Rico. He is also the recipient of Jurors' Awards from the San Diego Art Institute and the William Cannon Art Gallery, Encinitas.

In recognition of his photographic projects addressing public health issues he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by the Graduate School of Public Health, SDSU. In 2004 he received a Star Award from the San Diego Performing Arts League and the Nyumbani Medallion in Washington, DC, for among other things his documentary film production of The Song of Nyumbani. His photographs of women after breast cancer culminated in a book, Winged Victory: Altered Images- Transcending Breast Cancer.

In 2000 Myers traveled to Africa and produced a series of photographs of children with HIV/AIDS living in an orphanage in Kenya. The pictures of these orphans became the focal point for the documentary film, The Song Of Nyumbani, produced by Myers.

Although perhaps best known for his photography addressing current socially relevant issues Myers has also amassed a portfolio of black and white expressionistic nudes and other traditional photographic subjects.