PhotoVoice artist’s work featured in Seattle Municipal Tower

The photographs of West Seattle High School student Nelsy Segura will be on display from July19 through October 15 at the City of Seattle Ethnic Art Gallery, third floor of Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle. The Latino City Employee affinity group will host a reception for Ms. Segura on Tuesday, August 3 from noon–1 p.m.

Entitled “All the Beauty: Faith, Protection and Love from Mother”, the exhibit is an opportunity to view the work of one of Seattle’s best emerging photographers. Ms. Segura’s untapped talent was discovered through PhotoVoice, a South Park neighborhood program for youth that offers photography and writing workshops taught by local artists.

As an incoming senior, Nelsy Segura has accrued a promising portfolio of shows that include the Frye Art Museum, Swedish Hospital, the former Benham Gallery and the downtown branch of the Seattle Public Library. 

“Most of my earliest work was about capturing memories from my native land, Mexico,” says Segura. “Over the years, my photography included my new home (Seattle), and I captured in photos those who left home but never forgot their traditions and culture while adopting new ones here. What I try to portray is the transformation from one home and culture to two homes and cultures, without forgetting the first one.”

The Artist’s Reception on August 3 will feature an exhibit talk and an interview with the artist by curator Yoko Ott, who recognized her work while on staff at the Frye Art Museum. Nelsy’s mentors Hugo Ludeña, Bob Perkins and Antoinette Angulo will be special guests at the reception.

“Now that I’m older and I’m going to graduate from high school this coming year, I would like to go to college, continue studying photography, explore new types of art, and enrich myself with new cultures around the world. And of course, always learn more about my Latino heritage, which has been the main inspiration and influence in my works of art,” says Segura.

For more information about Nelsy Segura’s exhibit or the August 3 reception, please contact Patricia Lopez patricia.lopez@seattle.gov.

Click to view the flyer in English and Spanish.

The Latino City Employee’s group encourages professional excellence, provides resources and advocacy for Latino-Hispanics. PhotoVoice has been supported by the Youth Arts Program of the City’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Neighborhood Matching Fund Program in the Department of Neighborhoods.