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Santa Fe Workshops © Steven St. John; Annenberg Space for Photography © John Lewis; Judging photobook competition with coauthor Darius Himes at Phoenix Art Museum © Rebecca Senf; Lifetime Achievement presented at Focus Awards © Susan kae Grant; PhotoNOLA © Samuel Portera.

Welcome to the website of Mary Virginia Swanson, Advisor to Emerging & Established Artists and Arts Organizations.  Based in Tucson and NYC, Ms. Swanson lectures frequently and conducts workshops in the US and abroad on making and marketing art. Check MVS ON THE ROAD for upcoming public events. 

Applications now open for FINDING YOUR AUDIENCE: THE MVS MASTER CLASS held in Tucson, Arizona, January 6–12, 2019!  Learn more »


© Mary Beth Meehan

The most amazing thing about working with Mary Virginia Swanson is that she takes the time to understand who you are, as an individual and as a photographer, as well as what you are trying to achieve with your work. Then, she quickly gets down to business, whittling her vast knowledge of the field into a personal plan for you. She has helped me stay focused on an authentic path, even nudging me back to myself when I have gotten distracted and overwhelmed. She is optimistic, constructive, and – reassuringly – there when you need her. She is an amazing resource to all of us.
—Mary Beth Meehan (website)

From the MVS Marketing Blog

Thursday, September 6 at 10 AM CST: PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review Registration Opens

PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review 2018: Registration opens/closes this Thursday, September 6 at 10:00 AM CST (sharp!)
Participation in this portfolio review is filled via an on-line system on a first-come, first-served basis, and it takes about 5 minutes to process the registration of 70 photographers (+ a small waiting list). This year’s roster once again reflects the […]

Deadline Extended To September 26th Click! Photo Book Exhibition

Click! – Photo Book Exhibition
Horse & Buggy Press – Click! Photo Book Competition
Deadline: Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 
Entry Fee: $35 per book
“The Click! Photography Festival is pleased to announce our first Click! Photo Book Exhibition. Winners will be exhibited at Horse & Buggy Press during the Click! Photography Festival on October 6th at 1p.m. Entries will […]

Deadline October 1st: Photography and Social Justice – Magnum Foundation

Magnum Foundation – Photography and Social Justice 
Magnum Foundation Application Form 
Deadline: Monday, October 1st, 2018 
“Magnum Foundation’s Photography and Social Justice Program expands diversity and creativity in the field of documentary photography through capacity-building and critical explorations of photography and social change.
Each year, the program supports a diverse, international group of Photography and Social Justice Fellows who […]

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