Upcoming Events

October 31 & Nov 1, NYC: MVS Presenting at PhotoPlus Expo

October 31, 2014toNovember 1, 2014

PhotoPlus Expo
Javits Convention Center, New York City

To Be Published, or Self-Publish? Options for Artists Today
Friday, October 31, 2014, 10:15-12:15

“The publishing industry is undergoing extraordinary changes. The print-on-demand revolution has opened up new possibilities, and it has never been easier or more affordable to produce a book of one’s own photographs. Swanson will discuss both traditional publishing and self-publishing, and help participants determine the pros and cons for their unique needs. Swanson will also share resources from Publish Your Photography Book, which she coauthored with Darius Himes, and which has recently been updated and expanded.  Class ID FA5.

Your Exhibition: The Checklist
Saturday, November 31, 2014, 2:00-4:00 pm

“Exhibiting your work is an exciting experience for all artists. But until you have the opportunity to present your prints to the public, how can you understand the strategic and practical steps towards mounting a successful exhibition?

In this illustrated seminar, Mary Virginia Swanson outlines a step-by-step guide to planning and presenting an exhibition of your work. Whether your exhibition is being hosted at a public space or private venue, all artists should collaborate closely with staff to ensure the broadest possible audience engages with the work during your exhibition. This includes conducting strategic research towards securing sponsorship and publicity well in advance, editing work to fit the space, planning the installation design and related graphics, arranging for related educational programming and more. Lastly, Swanson will provide insights into the value of producing a printed catalogue and offering your exhibition to additional venues. Participants will gain a broad awareness of the exhibiting experience.  Class ID SB8.

Registration is required to attend. Visit www.photoplusexpo.com for details.

November 2-6, NYC: MVS Available for Consultations

November 2, 2014toNovember 6, 2014

MVS will be available for a limited number of phone and in-person consultations while in New York City.  If you have worked with Ms. Swanson in the past, please feel free to contact Kelsey at assistant@mvswanson.com to schedule a session.  Please read “How We Work Together” and complete the Client Fact Sheet if this will be your initial consultation. Sessions are confirmed in the order requests are received.

November 9-11, Washington DC: MVS Available for Consultations

November 9, 2014toNovember 11, 2014

MVS will be available for a limited number of in-person consultations while in Washington DC.  If you have worked with Ms. Swanson in the past, please feel free to contact Kelsey at assistant@mvswanson.com to schedule a session.  Please read “How We Work Together” and complete the Client Fact Sheet if this will be your initial consultation. Sessions are confirmed in the order requests are received.

November 15, New Orleans: Lecture by MVS “YOUR EXHIBITION, THE VENUE and ITS AUDIENCE”

November 15, 2014
2:00 pmto4:00 pm
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

PhotoNOLA
YOUR EXHIBITION, THE VENUE and ITS AUDIENCE: Considerations for Planning a Successful Exhibition

“Exhibiting your work is an exciting experience for all artists. But until you have the opportunity to present your work to the public, how can you understand the strategic and practical steps towards mounting a successful exhibition?

Whether your exhibition is being hosted at a public space or private venue, all artists should consider the audience that venue engages and work strategically to ensure a strong collaboration with its community.

In this illustrated seminar, Mary Virginia Swanson helps artists understand the issues of presentation, publicity, audience engagement through educational offerings, the value of producing an accompanying online/print publication and much more.

Artists attending this presentation will gain a broad awareness of the exhibition experience.”

Registration: $5 General Admission / Free for NOPA members, RSVP HERE.

Cathedral Creative Studios
527 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

November 15-19, New Orleans: MVS Available for Consultations

November 15, 2014toNovember 19, 2014

MVS will be available for a limited number of phone and in-person consultations while in New Orleans.  If you have worked with Ms. Swanson in the past, please feel free to contact Kelsey at assistant@mvswanson.com to schedule a session.  Please read “How We Work Together” and complete the Client Fact Sheet if this will be your initial consultation. Sessions are confirmed in the order requests are received.

November 20 – December 1, Tucson: MVS Available for Consultations

November 20, 2014toDecember 1, 2015

MVS will be available for a limited phone and number of in-person consultations while home in Tucson (MST).  If you have worked with Ms. Swanson in the past, please feel free to contact Kelsey at assistant@mvswanson.com to schedule a session.  Please read “How We Work Together” and complete the Client Fact Sheet if this will be your initial consultation. Sessions are confirmed in the order requests are received.

December 7, New Orleans: MVS Available for Consultations

December 7, 2014

MVS will be available for a limited number of phone and in-person consultations while in New Orleans for PhotoNOLA.  If you have worked with Ms. Swanson in the past, please feel free to contact Kelsey at assistant@mvswanson.com to schedule a session.  Please read “How We Work Together” and complete the Client Fact Sheet if this will be your initial consultation. Sessions are confirmed in the order requests are received.

December 9-15, NYC: MVS Available for Consultations

December 9, 2014toDecember 15, 2014

MVS will be available for a limited number of phone and in-person consultations while in New York City.  If you have worked with Ms. Swanson in the past, please feel free to contact Kelsey at assistant@mvswanson.com to schedule a session.  Please read “How We Work Together” and complete the Client Fact Sheet if this will be your initial consultation. Sessions are confirmed in the order requests are received.

December 22 – January 5: Office Closed for the Holidays

December 22, 2014toJanuary 5, 2015

Email access will be limited while we are closed for the holidays.  For consultation or other inquiries please write to Kelsey Vance at assistant@mvswanson.com, your request will be answered in the order it was received.

January 21-25, Tucson: Finding Your Audience: Marketing Master Class

January 21, 2015toJanuary 25, 2015

WHO: Photographers wishing to take their work to the next level.
Application and portfolio submission required for acceptance; applications will be reviewed as they are received.

WHERE: Homewood Suites by Hilton at St. Philips Plaza in Tucson, Arizona (discounted room rate for participants)

Tuition: $1100 | $900 for MVS Workshop Alumni*

Join us in Tucson at the start of the new year to jump start your creativity and marketing awareness!

Below are but a few of the many topics we will discuss:

  • Understanding the fine print collecting market and how to maximize your investment in exhibitions and portfolio reviews to best engage this audience.
  • The role of a photo book in moving your career forward.
  • Strategies towards securing support for your long-term projects via grants, fellowships, corporate sponsorship, etc.
  • Enhancing your self-promotion efforts towards targeted, current, and evolving markets.
  • Understanding granting commercial licensing of your fine art images, and how to assess value.

While much of our time will be spent in the classroom or meeting with guests, we will schedule time for participants to share work informally with our group, always a highlight.  Further details will be announced as they are confirmed.

For more details and to apply, click here.

Like this year, 2015‘s discussions and seminars will be at an ADVANCED level; acceptance is by application only.
Class size is limited.

In January 2014, Finding Your Audience: Marketing Master Class, was deemed a great success by participants – read their testimonials on the lower portion of this page.

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