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Reminder: Deadline 3/20 for proposals, FotoFest 2015 “Changing Circumstances: Looking at the Future of the Planet

From the FotoFest 2016 Website: SEEKING SUBMISSIONS  (complete details here)

“FotoFest’s 2016 Biennial of Photography and New Media Art will be FotoFest’s sixteenth consecutive Biennial. Over 1,000 photographic and new media artists exhibited works during the 2014 Biennial, and overall attendance was 275,000 people. Curators, artists, collectors, publishers, critics and arts audiences from over 32 countries attended the Biennial.

The FotoFest 2016 Biennial takes place March 12-April 24, 2016.

FotoFest has announced the focus of the 2016 Biennial – Changing Circumstances: Looking at the Future of the Planet. The exhibitions and related programs will be curated by FotoFest Executive Director Steven Evans with FotoFest Co-founders Frederick Baldwin and Wendy Watriss.

To reach as broad a constituency of artists as we can, FotoFest is calling for submissions of work around the 2016 theme.

FOTOFEST 2016 BIENNIAL – THE THEME

Across the globe, millions of people are addressing the crises that are affecting the sustainability of life as we know it on this planet. 400,000 people recently participated in international demonstrations concerning the issues of environmental change. Thousands of others are responding, with small and large projects, to the challenges of protecting, preserving and developing the resources of the planet in sustainable ways.

What role is art playing in these processes of change?

How are artists addressing the issues of global change as they affect the planet?
FotoFest is interested in reviewing projects that show how art and artists are addressing the needs of our planet and the ways in which we use the world’s resources. This theme includes innovative ways in which art is interpreting and representing the problems of the planet and how human society is adding to these problems.

We do not want to focus simply on representation(s) of the problems, unless there is a very innovative or unusual approach to portraying and/or envisioning the problems. Our goal is to show how people are confronting the challenges and acting – how art and artists are contributing to change. We are looking for pro-active projects and perspectives, and are giving priority to projects examining new ideas and solutions.

We are interpreting sustainability very broadly. The threats to sustainability are not only environmental with reference to the physical environment and its resources – water; biodiversity; energy; air and soil. We also are concerned with population, migration, agriculture and food production, material consumption, and issues of wealth and poverty.”

Review complete details here: http://home.fotofest.org/2016/submissions.aspx#.VQrc_kvib3A

Deadline April 8th: Aperture Summer Open

Aperture
Call for Entries: Summer Open
Deadline: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 12:00 noon EST

“In July 2015, Aperture Foundation will host its second open-submission exhibition for which all photographers are eligible. The theme for this year’s Summer Open is Black Mirror, and it will be curated by Michael Famighetti, editor of Aperture magazine.

Do we live in a world wilder than science fiction? The 2015 Aperture Summer Open borrows its title from the British television series Black Mirror, which imagines a dystopian near-future—a Twilight Zone for the age of the smartphone. The name Black Mirror refers to the omnipresent screens through which our lives are mediated today, and the show depicts a society in which technology ominously defines and shapes our relationships and each facet of daily life.

We’re more than thirty years beyond Orwell’s imagined 1984, and yet we continue to live in a moment of anxiety about what the future holds. Aperture’s Summer Open asks contributors to consider the future and the idea that we inhabit a world that is stranger, and in some ways more frightening, than that predicted by the authors of science fiction. What does it mean when our current reality echoes what were once outlandish fictional narratives? As today becomes tomorrow, what might the future look like in photographs? We seek a wide range of submissions, representing diverse subjects and approaches to photography, that are in some way engaged with questions about what the world has become and is becoming.”

For the full prospectus visit: www.aperture.org/summeropen/entry-details.

LensCulture Portrait Awards 2015

LensCulture
Call for Entries: Portrait Awards 2015
Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2015

“The LensCulture Portrait Awards is the 2nd annual call for international portrait photography. The importance of portraiture is present in cultures across the world, illustrating the power and endurance of human connection. With over 145 countries represented on LensCulture, in over 15 languages, we’re seeking new global perspectives on the modern day portrait.

This is an open call for portrait photography from around the world. 6 Winners, 8 Juror’s Picks and 25 Finalists will be chosen.

Fees

  • 1 image: $20 USD
  • 2-3 images: $45 USD
  • Series Competition, up to 10 images: $60 USD”

For the full prospectus (with details on cash awards, exposure and the jurors) and to apply visit: www.lensculture.com/portrait-awards-2015.

Applications open now for 2015 Photoespana in Madrid, June 1-3 & 4-6

Applications are now being accepted for the 18th Annual PHotoESPANA.   Deadline for applying is Thursday, March 5th.

MVS will be participating as a Reviewer and will be offering educational programming during the Festival.

Details on applying as well as on all Festival events can be found here: http://www.phe.es/en/phe/descubrimientos/11/_visionado_de_porfolios

 

February 17th, Denton, TX: Reception & Lecture for JEG 2015 Photography & Solo Exhibition

Texas Woman’s University
14th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography & Solo Exhibition

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
4:00-5:00 pm: Guest Lecture with April Watson
5:30-8:00 pm: Opening Reception

“Established in 2001 and organized by the graduate photography students at Texas Woman’s University and the Photographic Artists’ Coalition (a student-run photography organization), the annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition provides a national venue for the exhibition of artistic expression as seen through the eye of the camera. Photographers from throughout the United States are invited to submit entries for the exhibition. The exhibition and endowment was established by Christine Shank and a small group of graduate students and named in memory of the mother of Professor Susan kae Grant. Exhibition proceeds fund the Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition Endowment, which supports photography scholarships for future graduate students in the Department of Visual Arts.

About the 2015 Juried Exhibition
April Watson, Curator of Photography at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO, served as juror for the 14th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition. Twenty- eight artists from throughout the United States and China were selected to exhibit their work. Artists include, Beverly Ahern, Ben Altman, Linda Alterwitz, Bennie Flores Ansell, Sarah Austin, Christine Carr, Bryon Darby, Marcus DeSieno, Garrett Hansen, Sharon Lee Hart, Abbey Hepner, John Holmgren, Paul Hooven, Allison Jarek, Priya Kambli, Janna Langholz, Holly Lay, Andy Mattern, Katie Newton, Ashley Raasch, Heather Ross, Jiehao Su, Jennifer Tremblay, Marydorsey Wanless, Angela Franks Wells, Linda Wilson, and Christine Zuercher.

2015 JEG Solo Exhibition Award
Selected by Elizabeth Siegel, Associate Curator of Photography, Art Institute of Chicago

Clare Benson, The Shepherd’s Daughter
My work is deeply rooted in my family history. After the death of my mother when I was eleven years old, I became increasingly curious about notions of family, memory, and mortality. I was raised by my father: an avid hunter, archery champion, and former hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. Growing up amidst the hunting culture of northern Michigan, I learned to see hunting as a tradition that ties humans to the natural world; a ritual that speaks to notions of mortality and the interconnectedness of life within a larger system. Before my father, my grandmother was a hunter and before that my great-grandmother, and long before that the stars made up constellations that told stories of the greatest hunts. In my work, the nuances of hunting and the rugged northern landscape of my childhood are woven with narratives of genealogy and gender, memory and mythology, time and space.

The East / West Galleries
Texas Woman’s University
Fine Arts Building, First Floor
Corner of Texas and Oakland Street
Denton, Texas, 76204

Read the press release here (PDF).

Deadline March 30th: Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography

New Orleans Photo Alliance
Call for Entries: Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography
Deadline: Monday, March 30, 2015 at midnight CDT
Application Fee: $25 (+ NOPA membership $60)

“The Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) to honor the life and work of Michael P. Smith, one of New Orleans’ most legendary and beloved documentary photographers. The MPS Fund awards one $5,000.00 grant annually to a Gulf Coast photographer whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a long-term cultural documentary project.

Both emerging and established photographers residing in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida are eligible to apply for the MPS Fund’s annual $5,000.00 grant. The subject matter for the proposed project is not limited to the Gulf Coast geographic region.

Juror
Emma Reynes, Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation.

Judging Criteria
The main criteria for selection will be the strength of the applicant’s portfolio and a written project statement (maximum of 530 words). The portfolio and statement should demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to a cultural documentary project.”

For the full prospectus and past award recipients visit: www.neworleansphotoalliance.org/grants/MPS_Fund/index.php.
For a PDF of the Submission Guidelines click here

Deadline February 19th: CENTER Project Launch Grant and The Choice Awards

CENTER
Deadline: Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Choice Awards

“The Choice Awards recognize outstanding photographers working in all processes and subject matter. The Awards are divided into three categories: Curator’s Choice, Editor’s Choice, and Gallerist’s Choice. Winners receive recognition via exhibition, publication, portfolio reviews and more.

The Choice Award winners are invited to participate in an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico during Review Santa Fe.

Jurors
Curator – Phillip Prodger, Curator, National Portrait Gallery, London
Director – Enrico Stefanelli, President & Director, Photolux Festival, Italy
Editor – Alice Gabriner, International Photo Editor, TIME magazine

Entry fee: $30 members / $40 non-members”
For the full prospectus and to apply visit: www.visitcenter.org/choice-awards.

Project Launch Grant

“The Project Development Grant offers financial support to fine art, documentary, or photojournalist works-in-progress. The grant includes a cash award to help complete a project as well as platforms for feedback and professional development opportunities for the work’s final stages.

This grant is awarded to projects that are still in progress and have not been exhibited or published. It requires signing of a contract to participate in an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts during Review Santa Fe.

Juror
Sarah Greenough – Senior Curator & Head of the Department of Photographs, National Gallery of Art Washington, D.C.

Entry fee: $35 members / $4 non-members”
For the full prospectus and to apply visit: www.visitcenter.org/project-development.

February 13th, Las Vegas: Opening Reception for Linda Alterwitz’s “While I Am Still”

© 2015 Linda Alterwitz

© 2015 Linda Alterwitz

The Studio @ Sahara West Library
Exhibition by Linda Alterwitz: While I Am Still
Opening Reception: Friday, February 13, 2015, 7:00-8:30 pm
Free and open to the public.

Linda Alterwitz‘s photography integrates art, science, and technology to explore the fragility of our bodies and our place in the universe. Her art works shed light on the beauty and fears that complicate human lives and our search for solid ground and meaning.”

The Studio @ Sahara West Library
9600 W. Sahara Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada  [map]

IN SUMMARY: Finding Your Audience: Marketing Master Class

Finding Your Audience: Marketing Master Class
January 21-26, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona

I accepted a group of participants for my Master Class from a larger pool of applicants based on two criteria: the maturity of their work and their level of experience in our industry.  All had attended portfolio reviews and were beginning to place and publish their work.   All agreed that traveling to beautiful, snow-free Tucson to be consumed with a rich dialogue on the changing marketplace for photography was a great way to kick off the new year.

Our site visit to the Center for Creative Photography was rich with information on best practices shared by staff members from six different departments.  We learned about best practices for artists, from mounting, matting, installing and caring for your prints, informing curators about your work, engaging the public with your work through educational programming and much much more from the CCP’s inspiring and generous staff.

Terry Etherton from Etherotn Gallery offered sage perspective on the role of gallery in your career, and the increasing importance of the art fairs to today’s diverse collecting market. Interior designers Scott Baker and Mary Ann Hesseldenz shared their passion for placing inspiring artwork in the homes of their clients, and their role as conduit between artists and clients.

Rebecca Blume Rothman, Public Art Program Manager for the City of Phoenix shared her insights on the increasing presence of photography in public art projects and the related proposal/production processes, and artist Ken Rosenthal shared his successful Kickstarter experience to publish his catalogue Photographs 2001-2009.  Last but not least artist Lisa M. Robinson spoke to the subject of her Afterword for Finding Your Audience entitled New Beginnings: Making New Work following the critical success of SNOWBOUND.

It was an amazing week and I am grateful to our Guest Speakers and our Course Assistants for their important contributions to our event. 

Dates for January 2016 will be announced soon, stay tuned!

February 5th, San Francisco: Opening Reception & Book Signing “Alec Soth: Songbook”

AlecSoth-songbook

© 2015 Alec Soth

Fraenkel Gallery
Alec Soth: Songbook
Reception: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5:30-7:30 pm

“Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition of the work of Alec Soth. On view from February 5 – April 4, 2015, Alec Soth: Songbook will feature approximately 20 new and never-before-seen photographs.

Celebrated for his haunting and influential portraits and landscapes in such acclaimed books as Sleeping by the Mississippi, Broken Manual, and NIAGARA, Alec Soth has recently turned his lens toward community life in the country. From 2012 to 2014 Soth traveled the United States looking for signs of social life in our era of virtual social networks. To aid in his search, Soth assumed the increasingly obsolescent role of community newspaper reporter. From upstate New York to Silicon Valley, he attended hundreds of meetings, dances, festivals and family gatherings.

With Songbook, Soth has stripped these pictures of their news context in order to highlight the longing for connection at their root. Fragmentary, funny, and sad, Songbook is a lyrical depiction of the tension between American individualism and the ongoing desire to be united.”

The exhibition will be on view February 5 – April 4, 2015.
The accompanying publication, Songbook, was published by MACK, January 2015.

Fraenkel Gallery, 4th Floor
49 Geary Street
San Francisco, California [map]

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