Photographic artist Thomas Mezzanotte has been selected as the 30th Artist of the Year by the Fairfield Arts Council.

Mezzanotte is described as an "old school" photographer, who uses what a profile in the Greenwich Time newspaper calls "an intuitive sense of how light interacts with chemicals," which produce "images seemingly born from the mystical convergence of science and art."

He is a student of the history of photography, using shoe boxes to teach young students the basics, as if it were a hundred years ago. He also teaches with the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and has won many grants and awards. His work is featured in solo and group shows all across the country.

Mezzanotte will be honored by the arts council at an Oct. 23 reception. The event will include a showing of an award-winning firm about the artist's life and work, "Mezzanotte Obscura," which has been shown at several important film festivals. An exhibit of Mezzanotte's work will also be on display at the FAC gallery.

Previous Artists of the Year honorees include actor Keir Dullea, Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Dave Samuels, author Nicholas Rinaldi, rock musicians Tina Weymouth and Chris Franz of the Talking Heads, and last year's honoree, dancer Elizabeth Gayner.

The Fairfield Arts Council's Artist of the Year Award, established in 1976, is presented to an artist in the visual, performing or literary arts who has made a significant contribution to his or her field and has demonstrated artistic excellence to the highest level.