The winners of the 2005 No Strings Foundation Grants are Ford Gilbreath and Martin Weber. The jurors were Philip Brookman, Senior Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Gary Hesse, the Director of the RayKo Photo Center and Gallery, San Francisco; and, Anne Wilkes Tucker, the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

FORD GILBREATH lives and works in Seatlle, WA. His imagery has consistently and creatively addressed the landscape of the Northwest from a perspective that is mindful of its spiritual past, its functional present, and its uncertain future. He pairs this awareness with an abiding interest in technique and technology that embraces such wide-ranging processes as stereography, hand-colored images, and direct scans in the landscape using a laptop computer and portable flatbed scanner.

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MARTIN WEBER is an Argentinian artist living in Brooklyn, NY. Weber has exhibited internationally, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1998), two Hasselblad Grants (1999 and 2001), and a grant from the Prince Claus Fund (2004). In awarding Weber the 2005 No Strings Foundation Grant, the jury noted his sensitive and evocative use of portraiture as well as his consistently intelligent and poignant explorations of cultural and political identity.

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Open to those at any stage of their career, the No Strings Foundation Grants are an acknowledgement of creative drive, expansive imagination, and future potential. The Grants reward those whose work and careers have been marked by a keen sense of aesthetic precedent, an overriding understanding of pictorial power, and a dogged commitment to the creative process. In evaluating the suitability of nominees for grants, the Foundation will consider the artist's past endeavors and current work, but will also focus on the potential impact the fellowship may have on the artist's future direction.

Potential recipients of No Strings Foundation grants are nominated by a national panel of curators, educators, critics, picture editors, and art directors. Grant fellows are then determined by an independent panel whose members will change annually. Each year, they will be publicly identified only after the grant recipients have been selected and notified.

The Foundation does not accept applications or submissions and will not review nor return any unsolicited materials.