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 the field today. Apply soon; space is limited.
“Attending Mary Virginia Swanson’s workshop was invaluable for me. Her deep knowledge of the fine art photography market is exceptional with few peers. Every element and topic is a wealth of knowledge providing a detailed road map of what and how to advance one’s artistic career. Mary’s insight is focused, clear and results oriented. Attending the workshop was an eye-opener for me on the practicalities of marketing my own artwork. Mary’s workshop is a must-have for anyone serious about advancing their career. – Ken H.
|November 11, 2016|
Interesting in knowing more about publishing a book of your photographs? MVS will be presenting “TO BE PUBLISHED, OR SELF-PUBLISH? in Dallas, Texas on Friday evening November 11th from 7-9 pm at the ATT Center’s Hamon Hall (inside the Winspear Opera House). This event is hosted by Texas Photographic Society and the Dallas Center for Photography. In conjunction with the talk, a number of Dallas-based artists will be bringing examples of their books to share with participants; book signing to follow. Register here: http://www.dallascenterforphotography.com/classes-and-workshops/dcp-speaker-series/
INFOCUS, the Photography Support Organization of Phoenix Art Museum, invites photographers to submit a self-published photography book for a juried exhibition to be presented in the Norton Photography Gallery of Phoenix Art Museum. Accepted submissions will be exhibited from December 2, 2016 to April 9, 2017. The purpose of the exhibition is to explore the range of ways that artists are using newly available commercial technologies to self-publish photobooks in order to express themselves.
GUIDELINES and shipping details: http://www.infocus-phxart.org/photobooks/CFE/
JURORS for this competition/exhibition:
Chief Curator, Center for Creative Photography, Norton Family Curator, Phoenix Museum of Art
Mary Virginia Swanson
Co-author, Publish Your Photography Book
Co-author, Publish Your Photography Book
Founder, Indie Photobook Library
INFOCUS Curatorial Intern, Center for Creative Photography and Phoenix Art Museum.
This exhibition was inspired by the Cleveland Museum of Art’s DIY: Photographers and Books
Registration open NOW: Susan Burnstine Workshop “Defining the Personal Narrative” December 9 & 10 at PhotoNOLA
In conjunction with PhotoNOLA 2016 the New Orleans Festival of Photography, “Defining the Personal Narrative” a workshop by artist Susan Burnstine will occur at the International House Hotel on December 9 & 10. This class is limited to 10 students, registration is open now. Visit the PhotoNOLA website and click on EDUCATION to register.
Note: this Festival event is held concurrent with the Portfolio Reviews at PhotoNOLA, do not mistakenly register for both events.
Attendees may also register for the Education Seminar I am organizing on Thursday morning December 8th and attend the many festival events in the evenings and all day on Sunday December 11th. Join us at PhotoNOLA!
PHOTONOLA REGISTRATION (first come, first served basis): Thursday morning Sept 8, 11/EDT, 10/CDT/ 9/MDT and 8 PDT
PhotoNOLA 2016 The New Orleans Festival of Photography December 8-11, 2016
For those photographers wishing to attend PhotoNOLA 2016, the New Orleans Photo Alliance has announced that SEPTEMBER 8th beginning at 10 a.m. Central Daylight Time is when the registration will open.
Those of you who have attended, or attempted to register in the past know that the reviews typically fill to capacity in 5 minutes or less.
This year’s roster includes curators, publishers, art consultants, photo editors and more.
I will be leading an education seminar the morning of THURSDAY, December 8th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Reviews are held all day Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10
A wide range of museum talks, gallery walks and more are held on Sunday, December 11th.
Join us! But to do so, be prepared to register at the time noted above for your time zone. Good luck!
“Every day, hundreds of photographers experience the frustration and heartbreak of seeing their work used without their permission – and without compensation. IP Attorneys Bruce Bellingham and Peter McCall of Spector, Gadon and Rosen, P.C. will outline the remedies currently available to photographers whose work has been infringed and help you protect your work and your livelihood by providing best practices you should follow to maximize your chances of a successful resolution.”
|November 29, 2015|
Special Guests announced! Joining my Master Class in Tucson January 19-24th will industry professionals CASS FEY, LISA M. ROBINSON, DAPHNE SRINIVASAN, and DAVID J. TAYLOR.
Curator of Education CASS FEY will speak on expanding and engaging your exhibition audiences.
Artist LISA M. ROBINSON (“Snowbound“, Kehrer Verlag) will discuss her creative practice and embracing new projects.
Gallerist and Appraiser DAPHNE SRINIVASAN will share her perspectives on strategic career planning.
Artist David J. Taylor will share his experience on bringing long-term projects to publication (“Working the Line” and “Monuments“, Radius Books)
Visit the MVS Master Class webpage for more information. Applications accepted until filled.
|September 3, 2015|
This year’s PhotoNOLA Festival (it’s 10th Anniversary) promises to be one of the best.
Registration for the Reviews opens on Wednesday, September 3rd at 10:00 a.m. Central Standard Time. 2015 promises out fast, so don’t hesitate! www.photonola.org See you there!
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!
A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio
February 8 – October 5, 2014
“Bringing together photographs, films, videos, and works in other mediums, A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio examines the ways in which photographers and artists using photography have worked and experimented within the four walls of the studio space, from photography’s inception to today. Featuring both new acquisitions and works from the Museum’s collection that have not been on view in recent years, A World of Its Own includes approximately 180 works, by approximately 90 artists such as Berenice Abbott, Uta Barth, Zeke Berman, Karl Blossfeldt, Constantin Brancusi, Geta Brătescu, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Jan Groover, Barbara Kasten, Man Ray, Bruce Nauman, Paul Outerbridge, Irving Penn, Adrian Piper, Edward Steichen, William Wegman, and Edward Weston.
The exhibition considers the various roles played by the photographer’s studio as an autonomous space; depending on the time period, context, and the individual motivations (commercial, artistic, scientific) and sensibilities of the photographer, the studio may be a stage, a laboratory, or a playground.” more»
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019-5497