2015 PDN Curator Fine Art Contest
Deadline: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Fee: $55 for single and series (2 to 6 images)*
* Please note that a series must be visually related and is limited to six images.
“Six winners will be selected to exhibit their fine-art photography in a group show with an opening reception this summer in New York City. The Curator exhibition has previously been hosted by Industria Superstudio, Industrial Color and Milk Studios.
The winners will also be published in a gallery in the July issue of PDN and an extended online gallery and will receive:
- $200 gift card from B&H
- VIP Expo Pass to PDN PhotoPlus Expo Oct 22–24, 2015
- $250 gift card to moabpaper.com
- PHOTO+ Premium Portfolio Membership
- Brian Clamp, Director, ClampArt
- Sam Barzilay, Creative Director, United Photo Industries
- Matthew Leifheit, Photo Editor, Vice Media
- Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director, PCNW, Founder, Minor Matters Books
- Deborah Willis, Professor, Photographer and Curator
For the full prospectus and to submit visit: www.pdncuratorawards.com.
“Candela Books + Gallery announces our fourth annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound4! The summer group exhibition will feature work from a wide range of fine art photographers. An UnBound4! gala (as in good times) event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.
The Candela Collection mission is to support photographers through the purchase of their original photographic work and to actively pursue future opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.
All artwork accepted for exhibition will be selected by the Candela founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Ashby Nickerson.
UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their artwork featured at Candela Books + Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.”
For the full prospectus and to apply visit: https://candelabooks.com/call-for-submissions-unbound4.
To download a PDF of the prospectus, click here.
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
“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.
“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.
- 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 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
“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.
Emma Reynes, Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation.
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: Thursday, February 19, 2015
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
“We know how hard it is to be a photographer today and that every break counts. That’s why we are again putting together 150 photographers and 75 of the most influential editors, curators, gallerists and book publishers for two days of private photo critiques on April 11 and 12.
And … wait for it … it’s free.
Applications are now open for the Third Annual New York Portfolio review, sponsored by the New York Times Lens blog and the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. This will be an opportunity for people in the photographic community to meet, trade ideas, help each other — and have fun.
Saturday, April 11 will be for all photographers 21 and older, each of whom will receive six private critiques. Sunday, April 12 will be solely for photographers 18 to 27 and will consist of four private critiques for each participant, as well as talks by Santiago Lyon, director of photography for The Associated Press, on building an editorial portfolio, and by the photographer Phil Toledano on the creative process, as well as a panel on working with galleries. You can find a list of this year’s reviewers at the bottom of this page.
We will screen all applicants and choose 100 participants for Saturday and 60 for Sunday. All kinds of photographic work — from fine art to photojournalism — are encouraged.
Please note: Photographers who attended last year’s review will not be eligible to apply this year. Photographers who attended two years ago can apply for this year’s review, but they must submit new work and expectations will be higher.
To enter, send us no more than 20 photos total, from one or two projects, using the form here. The files should be jpegs, 1200 pixels across and 72 D.P.I. The deadline is Feb. 11 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. We will inform those who are accepted by March 4, 2015.”
View the full prospectus and apply at: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/20/third-annual-new-york-portfolio-review/?_r=1.
“The Woodstock Artist-in-Residency Program is designed to support artists of color working in the photographic arts who reside in the United States that would benefit with access to time, facilities, financial, critical, and technical support. This activity is created with an emphasis on supporting artists working in the photographic arts who are at the brink of their careers and promising talent. All of us lead very busy lives – the drive for this program is to free the artist from the busy routines and demands of everyday – and to provide a sanctuary for creativity.
WOODSTOCK A-I-R encourages participants to pursue creative risk-taking in an environment rich in cultural resources. Working without distraction or interruption, participants focus intensely on their own work, continuing works in progress, setting goals for the future, and breaking new ground.
Each year CPW offers 7 residencies for artists of color and 1 “critical studies residency” for a curator/critic of color.
- accommodations at a historic artist residence located .5 miles from CPW and the center of Woodstock’s business district.
- 24/7 access to CPW’s workspace facilities (including black-&-white darkroom, digital imaging stations, and library)
- critical and technical support
- stipend for food and travel, and honorarium
- exhibition and related opportunities
Established in 1999, WOODSTOCK A-I-R has been made possible in part with support from the Phillip & Edith Leonian Foundation, the Milton & Sally Avery Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency, with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
- 10-15 digital images/video on a DVD/CD-ROM of current work. (one copy)
- Format still images as JPEGs with a width dimension no greater than 2400 pixels. Please limit video clips or excerpts to no more than 5 minutes (please indicate length of full video) and submit no more than 3 in total. Acceptable file formats include .mpg, .avi, .mov. Please make sure your three videos combined do not exceed 200MB and test your video files to make sure they play on a Mac and PC.
- Individuals applying to the Critical Studies Residency should submit 2 writing samples of no more than 1,500 words per sample with visuals, including featured artist work samples and installation views if applicable. (four copies of each)
- Residency proposal (four copies of each) – see application form for guidelines to answering this question.
- Preference for time of residency (please list 3 options) *The program runs from June through September, please request your time accordingly. Residencies range from 3-6 weeks.
- Four copies of the following:
- Artist statement (describing your current projects and artistic process) – limited to 500 words.
- Resume (listing past exhibitions, residency, and related experiences) – limited to 3 pages.
- Images script (thumbnails of your work with caption information) – see page 3 of the application form.
WOODSTOCK A-I-R participants are selected by a peer panel comprised of professionals in the field and have included past participants in CPW’s residency and exhibition program, curators, collectors, and art critics.”