About the Author - Samuel Vovsi

Samuel Vovsi was born in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad, USSR) and lived most of his life in Riga, Latvia. After receiving Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1972, he worked as professor of mathematics at Riga Technical University. In 1989 he immigrated to the United States and continued his academic career at Rutgers University, College of New Jersey and UCLA. He published more than 50 research works and several books in abstract algebra and group theory; the results of this activity (not related to the contents of the present website) can be found here.  In the mid 1990s he became a computer programmer and since then has been working in various financial institutions.


As an amateur, Samuel Vovsi was doing photography most of his adult life. During the last years this hobby has evolved into a serious passion, especially because it perfectly complemented his love to travel and exploration. He traveled extensively over the world (to the wildest and remotest areas of the former Soviet Union in the 1970-80s and to more accessible regions in later years) and the desire to capture his impressions and share them with others has gradually made him work on his images more and more seriously. Travel photography still occupies central place in his work, but now he is also interested in photographing landscapes, cityscapes, sculptures and architecture, and people in their everyday life. His works were exhibited and won awards at a number of juried shows and competitions, both domestic and international. Partial list of these events follows.


Selected Exhibitions and Awards


YEA - Young Emerging Artists Project, Glassboro County College, Glassboro, NJ, 2010.
International Photography Exhibition, Artists Haven Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2010.
International Aperture Awards 2010. Bronze Award.
Ellarslie Open 28, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Trenton, NJ, 2011.
Epson International Pano Awards 2011. Bronze Award.
"Our Life: Yesterday and Today". Juried Photography Exhibition at Silva Gallery, Pennington, NJ, 2011.
"Big Three". Photography Exhibition at Art Way Gallery, Plainsboro, NJ, 2011.
Mercer County Photography Exhibition, Mercer Community College, West Winsor, NJ, 2011. Purchase Award.
International Loupe Awards 2011. Bronze Award.
"On the Road". Travel Photography Exhibition, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, 2011.
Artists of Yardley Juried Annual Art Show, Yardley, PA, 2012.
NJ Federation of Camera Clubs, Travel Photo Competition 2012. Honorable Mention.
Phillips Mill Photography Exhibition, New Hope, PA, 2012.
Ellarslie Open 29, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Trenton, NJ, 2012.
Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, Gallery 14, New Hope, PA, 2012.
Prince Street Gallery Art Show, New York, 2012.
Epson International Pano Awards 2012. Two Bronze Awards.
Juried Photography Exhibition, Art Way Gallery, Plainsboro, NJ, 2012. Honorable Mention.
International Loupe Awards 2012. Bronze Award.
"Focus on Sculpture". Photography Exhibition at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, 2013.
Photography 32. Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ, 2013.
"Night in the Vigeland Sculpture Park". Solo exhibition, Gallery 14, Hopewell, NJ, 2013.
"Energy and Motion". Juried Photography Exhibition, West Winsor Arts Center, NJ, 2013.
Artists of Yardley Juried Annual Art Show. Yardley, PA, 2013.
Annual Juried Photography Exhibition. Gallery 14, New Hope, PA, 2013.
"Focus on Sculpture". Photography Exhibition at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, 2014. Merit Award.
Monmouth Museum 35th Annual Juried Art Exhibition. Lincroft, NJ, 2014.
Ellarslie Open 31. Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Trenton, NJ, 2014.
"Oasis and Mirage: Disappearing Water". Mixed Visual Arts Exhibition, D&R Greenway Trust, Princeton, NJ, 2014.
Annual Juried Photography Exhibition. Gallery 14, New Hope, PA, 2014.
The Photo Review 29th International Photography Competition, 2014.
"Europe: Aging Into Beauty". Two artists exhibition (with Julian Weitzenfeld), Bank of Princeton Gallery, Lambertville, NJ, 2014.
"Making Waves". Juried Maritime Photography Exhibition, American Merchant Marine Museum, Kings Point, NY, 2014. Honorable Mention.
"TWOs". Solo exhibition, Gallery 14, Hopewell, NJ, 2015.
Photography 34. Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ, 2015
Ellarslie Open 32. Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Trenton, NJ, 2015.
Phillips Mill Photography Exhibition, New Hope, PA, 2015.
Mercer County Photography 2015, Silva Gallery, Pennington, NJ, 2015. Honorable Mention and Purchase Award.
"Focus on Sculpture". Photography Exhibition at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, 2016.
"People and Colors of Latin America". Solo exhibition, Gallery 14, Hopewell, NJ, 2016.
"Americana". Juried Exhibition at Pennsylvania Center for Photography, Doylestown, PA, 2016. Second Prize.
Ellarslie Open 33. Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Trenton, NJ, 2016. Best in Show - Photography.
Phillips Mill Photography Exhibition, New Hope, PA, 2017.
"Americana". Juried Exhibition at Pennsylvania Center for Photography, Doylestown, PA, 2017.
Juried Photography Exhibition, Gallery 14, Hopewell, NJ, 2017. Best in Show.
Mercer County Senior Art Show, East Windsor, NJ, 2017. First Place - Phototgraphy.
Mercer County Photography 2017, Silva Gallery, Pennington, NJ, 2017. Honorable Mention and Purchase Award
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