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Deadline March 7th: 2018 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
Call for Submissions: 2018 CDS Documentary Essay Prize in Photography
Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018 Deadline Extended to Wednesday, March 7, 2018

“The CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in short-form documentary photography and writing in alternating years: one year, photos; one year, writing. The focus is on current or recently completed work (within the last two years) from a long-term project—fifteen images; fifteen to twenty pages of writing.

The upcoming prize competition will be for photography. The winner of the competition receives $3,000 and a feature story in the Center for Documentary Studies’ digital publications. The winner’s work is also placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts at the Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

Submission Requirements

  • 15 photographs in digital format (jpeg/jpg)
    Please label scans with title, year, and format.
  • 1-page statement in pdf format
    Please provide context for the photographic essay you are submitting, including the duration of your project and whether it is completed or ongoing. Describe your intentions for the work. Also, if some of your images have been published together in essay form, please include information about where and when they appeared and how the essay as submitted for the competition is different (or not).
  • 1-page biography or C.V. in pdf format
  • $40 entry fee
  • Upload work and submit payment online to http://dukearts.slideroom.com from December 1, 2017, to March 1, 2018.”

March 14th, Houston: MVS Seminar “Who Buys Prints? An Update on the Marketplace for Fine Prints”

FotoFest Biennial 2018 | Professional Development Seminar
Who Buys Prints? An Update on the Marketplace for Fine Prints
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 10:00 am—4:00 pm

Today, challenges to the traditional artist/dealer relationship are impacted by changes in consumer interests and purchasing habits, and the rise of new sales venues for acquiring art. In addition to sales through galleries, purchases occur at art fairs and via online sales venues, through third-parties such as art consultants & interior designers as well as acquiring works directly from artists. The centuries-old art market is ripe for new models.

Confirmed industry panelists are as follows: PEGGY SUE AMISON, Creative Director, East West, Dubai UAE | DARREN CHING, co-owner, KlompChing Gallery, NYC | NATASHA EGAN Executive Director, MoCP, Chicago | private collector JOAN MORGENSTERN, Houston | LIANA SCHWAITZBERG,  Corporate Art Advisor, MKG Art Management, Houston | and LISA VOLPE, Associate Curator, MFA Houston.

Join us for the seminar between Review Sessions 1 & 2, at the Whitehall Houston Hotel.

Tickets: Meeting Place Registrant $40 / General Admission $80 / Student with ID $40

To register visit: http://home.fotofest.org/2018_professional-development-seminars/who-buys-prints.aspx.

It’s a Wrap! The 2018 MVS Master Class

Last month I hosted my annual MVS Master Class here in Tucson, Arizona.  Many people applied for admission, but only sixteen talented artists were selected for this advanced course delving into making and marketing art.  It was a fantastic week of learning, sharing, and establishing new friendships.  In addition to my core lectures:

  • We gained a wealth of professional practice expertise and viewed rare albums, portfolios and books (and artist’s dummies) during special visits with six different departments at the Center for Creative Photography.
  • We learned about the artist/curator relationship with three separate curators: Trudy Wilner Stack, independent curator; Rebecca Senf, Chief Curator, CCP; and Julie Sasse, Chief Curator Tucson Museum of Art.
  • Terry Etherton shared the history of his gallery and the collecting market, the impact of the international art fairs, protocol when introducing yourself and your work to a gallery, and much much more.
  • Book artist Philip Zimmermann and photographer Susan Burnstine each shared insights into their creative practice and presenting their work in book form.
  • Visual artist Susan kae Grant provided guidance on producing and managing your work in a traveling exhibition.
  • Photographer and photo editor Joan Liftin provided valuable insights into the process of editing your work for a book.
  • On our final day, the roots of making work was underscored by artist Lisa M. Robinson and artists/educators Jim Hajicek and Carol Panaro-Smith.

And special thanks to all presenters and additional community colleagues who joined our group for an informal portfolio sharing: Andy Burgess, Dark Spring Press; Andrew Kensett, CCP; and Daphne Srinivasan, Etherton Gallery.

It’s (almost) never too early to apply for next year’s Master Class happening January 2019 in Tucson!  Details will be posted soon here.

Images are © Kathleen Dreier, Rick Kopstein, Lisa Nebenzahl, and Mary Virginia Swanson.

Upcoming January Deadlines: Aperture Portfolio Prize / CatchLight Fellowship / NY Portfolio Reviews

Aperture Portfolio Prize
Deadline Wednesday, January 31, 2018

“The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify trends in contemporary photography and highlight artists whose work deserves greater recognition. When choosing the first-prize winner and runners up, Aperture’s editorial and curatorial staff look for innovative bodies of work that haven’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.

The first-prize winner will be featured in Aperture Magazine and will receive a $3,000 cash prize and an exhibition in New York.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit: https://www.picter.com/aperture/portfolio-prize-2018/

2018 CatchtLight Fellowship
Deadline Wednesday, January 31, 2018

“CatchLight exists because we believe in the power of visual storytelling to drive social change. In an increasingly divided landscape, there has never been a better time to bind our world together with empathy and compassion. A CatchLight Fellowship serves as an incubator — a space to receive financial support, unlock individual potential, and leverage partnerships. We are seeking storytellers who use art as a catalyst to spark new conversations, and whose work is poised to be significantly amplified by collaboration, mentorship, and networking.

For the full prospectus and to apply visit: https://catchlight.submittable.com/submit/102315/2018-catchlight-fellowship.

2018 New York Portfolio Review
Deadline Thursday, January 25, 2018

“Since we believe that only the quality of your work should matter — not who you know, how much money you have or your race, gender, ethnic background or sexual orientation, we are again bringing together 160 talented photographers with 75 top photo editors, publishers, video producers, gallery owners and curators on April 21st and 22nd.

Applications are now open for the free (yes, free) sixth annual New York Portfolio Review, sponsored by The New York Times Lens blog, the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism and United Photo Industries. Participation is open to anyone over 18 years, and all types of photography will be considered.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/03/multimedia/new-york-portfolio-review-2018.html.

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 the Fellows in the 2018 Nueva Luz publication printed and online editions, and
  • provide Professional Development and Networking Opportunities.

En Foco is highly regarded for its leadership in support of photographers of color and for its advocacy role in addressing the issues related to cultural equity and access.

WHO CAN APPLY

  • Photographers of Latino, African, Asian American heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific.
  • Must be a resident of New York City or New York State for the past year at the time of submission and must show proof of residency.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Collaborating photographers are eligible to apply BUT only one photographer can submit the application.
  • Previous fellowship recipients must wait three years before they can reapply.
  • Photography for consideration must represent work completed after 2015.

WHO CANNOT APPLY

  • Graduate or undergraduate students matriculated in a fine art and or photography degree program at the time of application submission.
  • En Foco’s Board members and staff are ineligible to apply.

AWARD NOTIFICATION
The ten Fellowship Awardees will be notified via email.  The Awardees will each receive $750 dollars with the balance, $250 to be remitted at the Fellowship Awardees’ participation in their exhibition.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Create an account with Submittable.com.
  2. A written description (no more than 400 words). Describe specific aspects of your work practices such as subject matter, context, content, location and personal relevance.
  3. A one-page resume & 200-word biography.
  4. A 200-word artist statement about your work.
  5. 5-7 images (5 images are required, additional 2 are optional) , Follow the sizing guidelines.
  6. Head shot (300 dpi jpeg only).

The application form does not have to be completed in a single session; the system will save your draft application.  We suggest that you save often as you fill out the form, and that you save a copy of any narrative texts.

PANEL PROCESS
The Fellowships selected are based exclusively on the excellence and quality of the work submitted. All work will be reviewed by panelists selected from a pool of photography and photography-related professions, such as photographers, curators, critics, and collectors.  Each year, new panelists are chosen to ensure a fresh perspective in the fellowship review process.  En Foco’s Board of Directors will review the panel recommendations to assure the integrity of the process and formally approve the Fellowship awardees.”

For the complete prospectus and to apply visit: https://enfoco.submittable.com/submit

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

April 20-25, Boston: MVS at the Griffin Museum

April 20, 2018toApril 25, 2018

This April, MVS will once again be returning to the Griffin Museum for her annual NESOP event (FRIDAY, APRIL 20th, open to NESOP Students, Alumni and Griffin Museum Members) as well as other weekend presentations and special portfolio reviews for current Griffin Museum Members.  Planning is underway and details will be announced here and on the Programming section of the Griffin website.  If you are not already member of the Griffin, consider joining here.

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 to teach this workshop.  More details will be announced soon.

Many people can take decent photographs. Few photographers understand how to edit, sequence and present their work. These skills will enable you to be better visual storytellers and will help you distinguish yourself from other photographers.

In this intensive weekend workshop you will learn how to edit and sequence photo essays and long-term projects. We will cover story structure, photo editing for presentation in magazines, books, exhibitions or on the web. The workshop will also focus on how to market your stories and yourself.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced.

Class meets Saturday, December 2, 10 AM – 6 PM and Sunday, December 3, 11:30 AM – 6 PM
Tuition: $600

To register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/edit-sequence-present-and-promote-your-photographs-with-james-estrin-and-guests-mary-virginia-tickets-37212513630.

Deadline November 14th: The Print Center’s 92nd Annual International Competition

The Print Center
Call for Entries: 92nd Annual International Competition
Deadline: November 14, 2017, 11:59PM EST
Entry Fee: $45

“The Annual International Competition is one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions in the United States. The Print Center is particularly interested in highlighting local, national and international artists who utilize photography and printmaking in intriguing ways, both in content and process.

Any artist using Photography and/or Printmaking as critical components in their work can enter. Artists whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional photographic and printmaking practices are encouraged to enter.

Judges
Katherine Ware, Curator of Photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe
Keliy Anderson-Stale, Photographer

Eligibility
Any artist using photography and/or printmaking as critical components in their work can enter. Work submitted must have been completed in the last three years. Up to five images may be submitted and only one submission per person is allowed.

Accepted formats:
Images: Up to 5 MB/each: jpg, png, gif
Videos: Up to 250 MB/each: mov, wmv, flv, mp4

Each uploaded file must be labeled with Title, Date, Medium (e.g. etching, inkjet, gelatin silver, lithograph) and Size (paper size, video duration or installation size).

Awards + Prizes
Three solo exhibitions at The Print Center to be held May – August 2018; inclusion in online exhibition of portfolios; The Stinnett Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Award; Michener Art Museum Photography Patrons Circle Purchase Prize; and over $2,000 in other purchase, cash and material prizes, including a new prize from the Awagami Factory, Japan.

  • Online Exhibition
    An online exhibition of the Finalists and Semifinalists selected by the jurors will be mounted on The Print Center’s website. This will be comprised of the images submitted to Slideroom by those artists as part of their application, as well as biographical information and links to the artists’ own websites. Finalists will have more extensive entries on the site, including additional images (Finalists will be contacted by The Print Center to obtain additional information and images).
  • Solo Exhibitions
    Three artists will be selected from the Finalists to receive solo exhibitions May – August 2018 at The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA. These artists will receive a $200 honorarium (pending funding, especially for international artists, this amount could be larger). Artists are responsible for delivering or shipping their work to and from The Print Center and all related costs, including framing when appropriate. The Print Center will install and de-install work and promote the exhibitions through a press release, mailed announcement cards, website, email newsletter and other social media outlets.
  • The Stinnett Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Award
    Selected by the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one work will be accessioned into the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection.
  • Michener Art Museum Photography Patrons Circle Purchase Prize
    Selected by the Curatorial Department of the Michener Art Museum, one photograph by an American artist will be accessioned into the Museum’s Permanent Collection, with a preference for photography representing the Mid-Atlantic region.”

For the complete prospectus and to enter visit: http://printcenter.org/100/92nd-competition/.

October 27th, NYC: MVS Presenting at PhotoPlus Expo “Who Buys Prints? Understanding the Fine Print Market Today”

PhotoPlus Expo
Who Buys Prints? Understanding the Fine Print Market Today
Friday, October 27, 2017: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

In a time when many fine-print sales occur through third parties such as art consultants and interior designers, at art fairs or online, this seminar and accompanying professional panel will review the current and future market for fine prints. Attendees will gain an understanding of the legacy of collection photographs in the United States, an awareness of challenges to the traditional gallery representation model, an overview of the new markets for photographs, and perspective on representing yourself in the fine print market.  Session Number: FB5

To receive a 15% discount on a conference pass or a free Expo pass, register through this link: https://l.feathr.co/v1/photo-plus-2017-mary-virginia-swanson-m

October 25–28, 2017
Javitts Convention Center, New York City

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