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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. 

Mary Virginia’s next title FINDING YOUR AUDIENCE: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs is being prepared for publication winter 2018.  A comprehensive update to her previous title The Business of Photography: Principals and Practices (2003-2011) this new title is based on the structure of Swanson’s years of “Finding Your Audience” lectures, seminars and workshops. 

FINDING YOUR AUDIENCE in book form is destined to be an invaluable resource for all photographers.


© Amy Anderson

The meetings I have had with Mary Virginia Swanson have been career-changing. She came to the table after taking the time to get to know me and my work. Her advice is always personalized, professionally sound and deeply motivating. This is a tricky path we have chosen; to be artists. MVS is an invaluable compass.

—Amy Anderson (website)

From the MVS Marketing Blog

Deadline January 15th: EnFoco Photography Fellowship 2018

EnFoco Photography Fellowship 2018
Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018
“The 3rd Annual En Foco Photography Fellowship is designed to support photographers of color who demonstrate the highest quality of work as determined by a photography panel of peers and industry professionals. The Photography Fellowship Program will:

award 10 Fellowships at $1,000 per,
participation in a 2018 Fellowship Group Exhibition,
feature […]

Application Deadline January 25th for the New York Portfolio Review

[ January 25, 2018; ] Don’t miss the chance to share your work with this amazing group of Portfolio Reviewers at this FREE event in NYC this April. Competition is tough, but gather your work/words and apply by January 25th, 11:59 pm EST!

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/03/multimedia/new-york-portfolio-review-2018.html

December 2–3, NYC: Workshop with James Estrin, Mary Virginia Swanson, & Sarah Leen

EDIT, SEQUENCE, PRESENT AND PROMOTE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS
With James Estrin, the co-editor of the New York Times Lens blog; Mary Virginia Swanson; and Sarah Leen, photo editor for National Geographic magazine
Learn to select, sequence and publish visual stories.
MVS will be joining NYT Staff Photographer and Lens Blog co-editor James Estrin at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism […]

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