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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 Organization.  Based in Tucson and NYC, Ms. Swanson lectures frequently and conducts workshops in the US and abroad. Check MVS ON THE ROAD for upcoming public events.

 


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© Olivia Parker

In the seventies I photographed and everything fell into place.  After seeing my first show David Godine published a book that someone sent to Ansel Adams.  Ansel invited me to teach at his workshops (where I first met MVS) and I was off and running.  I worked hard but I was spoiled rotten.  At that point neither MVS or I could have imagined the changes to come.

Attending one of Mary Virginia’s lectures last year was my wake up call indicating that I had to do more than produce good work.  After a 1995 accident put me on crutches for a year, view cameras, studio, and darkroom did not work.  During that year learning digital kept me sane.  I had to cancel and refuse lectures and teaching engagements.  Galleries did not know what to do with me.  As a result opportunities began to dry up.  From 1998 until 2008 I had the good fortune to travel extensively in Asia.  Although I kept on photographing I lost contact with many of the people I knew in photography.  Now that I have a lot of new studio work I don’t know what I would do without Swanee to help me navigate.   In addition she is a true and valued friend.

—Olivia Parker (website)

From the MVS Marketing Blog

MVS in NYC next week February 20-24

[ February 16, 2017; 5:00 pm; ] MVS will in NYC next week, February 20-24; several appointments remain open for private meetings.  If this would help you to move your work/career forward, visit “MENTORING with MVS” to learn more if this would be your initial consultation.

2017 Master Class: FILLED; Aperture Workshop April 8 & 9 in NYC next on MVS teaching schedule

I have closed applications for this year, and urge early applications for my January 2018 Master Class. As always, priority given to alumni of this special course. We will announce the details of my forthcoming weekend-long workshop “MARKETING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS: Best Practices for Artists” at Aperture Foundation later this week.  Class size will be limited; […]

Planning underway for 2017 MVS Master Class (Mid-January, Tucson); apply soon as few spaces remain

Planning is underway for my 2017 Master Class, taking place mid-January in beautiful Tucson (application required).  This course is ideal for the artist serious about their practice and the advancement of their career in the fine art market.  Lectures by myself and our invited guests, along with strategic site visits provide a realistic window on […]

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