Press Release for ArtAscent 'Gold Artist' Award

For immediate release: 8/5/2014

A PDF file of this release, with images, can be viewed via this link: PDF


Somerville Photographer Awarded Top Prize By ArtAscent Magazine

Landscape Images Submitted To ‘Hidden’ Theme Earn Gold


SOMERVILLE, Mass. - Aug. 5, 2014 - Award-winning artist and Somerville resident, Jim Baab, announced today that he is, again, being recognized for photography that fools the eye. ArtAscent, an international art and literature journal that showcases indie and emerging artists, has selected Baab (rhymes with tab) for the magazine's 'Gold Artist' award. This award includes a professional review/profile in Volume 8, the current issue themed ‘Hidden’, and the promotion of Baab’s artwork via ArtAscent’s social media channels and its web site,

Regarding the landscape images Jim Baab submitted to the magazine’s ‘Hidden’ call for art, ArtAscent Contributing Editor Ana Bambic Kostov writes, “Working with human models, the artist artificially created impressions of landscape, concealing his true visual tools. Only upon careful inspection is the human shape recognized, otherwise perceived as either a rock in “Jawbone Pond,” or a darkened sky in “Summit.” Deception and wit are constant inhabitants of Baab’s photography while toying with the viewers’ adopted way of seeing things. Gazing upon these orchestrated frames, we find elements of surprise, discovery and fun.”

With only two years of exhibiting his work behind him, Baab states, "Being published and promoted, this early in my artistic career, is a wonderful gift. I am, equally, honored and amazed!”

Baab’s new work has also been chosen for the upcoming ‘Magic Without Tricks’ exhibition at Nave Gallery Annex in Davis Square, Somerville, MA, on view August 27 - September 20, 2014.

ArtAscent’s 110 page Volume 8, featuring 30 international artists, is available for free and purchase via

About the artist:

Since Jim Baab’s first photography class in 1994, when he was inspired to photograph vegetables after viewing Edward Weston’s ‘Pepper No. 30’, his desire to find interesting shapes and fun combinations has lead him on a path of seeing that has evolved from elevating the ordinary to creating illusions that invite deeper conversations about human states of being and mankind’s connection to nature. His work has been chosen for international and national juried exhibitions in MA, VT, TN and CA. He has been awarded by the Mobile Photography Awards. And, he has self-produced two photo books.  More information about the artist and his creations can be found at and