MVS On the Road

To learn from MVS, attend one of her public appearances listed below, or attend one of her upcoming workshops. If you are considering meeting privately with MVS, know that she frequently adds a day or two to the agenda of her personal appearances around the country to work with photographers (priority given to existing clients).

New in 2019: When I am at my home office in Tucson, consultation availability for new and existing clients will be Wednesday & Thursdays, 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM MST. Existing clients will also have consultation availability Monday, Tuesday, Friday at 4:00-6:00 PM MST.

December 9-11 and 15-16, New Orleans: MVS Available for Consultations

December 9, 2019toDecember 16, 2019

If you have worked with Ms. Swanson in the past, please feel free to contact her directly at mvs@mvswanson.com to schedule a session.

If this would be your initial consultation, please visit “Mentoring with MVS” and follow the links to submit a client fact sheet; upon receipt she will be in touch with you to schedule your initial consultation.

MVS will be available for a limited number of consultations while visiting New Orleans, Louisiana in conjuction with PhotoNOLA, the New Orleans Festival of Photography. Sessions are confirmed in the order requests are received.

October 28 & 29, Palm Springs/Joshua Tree, California: MVS Available for Consultations

October 28, 2019toOctober 29, 2019

If you have worked with Ms. Swanson in the past, please feel free to contact her directly at mvs@mvswanson.com to schedule a session.

If this would be your initial consultation, please visit “Mentoring with MVS” and follow the links to submit a client fact sheet; upon receipt she will be in touch with you to schedule your initial consultation.

MVS will be available for a limited number of consultations in the Joshua Tree / Palm Springs area when lecturing at the Joshua Tree Center for the Photographic Arts (eve of October 28th). Sessions are confirmed in the order requests are received.

October 5 & 6, Washington, DC: MVS Available for Consultations

October 5, 2019toOctober 6, 2019

If you have worked with Ms. Swanson in the past, please feel free to contact her directly at mvs@mvswanson.com to schedule a session.

If this would be your initial consultation, please visit “Mentoring with MVS” and follow the links to submit a client fact sheet; upon receipt she will be in touch with you to schedule your initial consultation.

MVS will be available for a limited number of consultations while visiting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sessions are confirmed in the order requests are received.

October 2 & 3, Philadelphia: MVS Available for Consultations

October 2, 2019toOctober 3, 2019

If you have worked with Ms. Swanson in the past, please feel free to contact her directly at mvs@mvswanson.com to schedule a session.

MVS will be available for a limited number of consultations while visiting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

If this would be your initial consultation, please visit “Mentoring with MVS” and follow the links to submit a client fact sheet; upon receipt she will be in touch with you to schedule your initial consultation.

Sessions are confirmed in the order requests are received.

December 10, New Orleans: Social Media Lecture by MVS

December 10, 2019

In the Era of Instagram: Social Media Strategies for Photo Artists

MVS will be giving an evening lecture in New Orleans on the eve of PhotoNOLA, sponsored by the ASMP New Orleans Gulf Coast Chapter. Details to be announced.

October 15th, Portland, OR: Lecture by MVS “From Concept to Audience: The Life of a Photographic Project”

October 15, 2019
5:30 pmto7:30 pm

“From Concept to Audience: The Life of a Photographic Project”
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 5:30-7:30 PM
Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium
Fee: $20 for ASMP Members, OPPA/PPA Members, Blue Sky Gallery Members | $50 for non-members | FREE for students with valid ID. Register here.

When an idea for a project crystallizes and the passion to produce new work consumes us, artists begin a journey unlike any other. Understanding your desired audience and the impact of your project are critical to achieving the expectations and results you desire.

Ensuring the success of your next big photography project begins here.

Mary Virginia Swanson, will walk us through recommended steps to ensure your project has the strongest possibility of sponsorship, exhibitions and publications.  Topics Include:

  • Developing project concept and defining audience.
  • Identifying / establishing relationships with sponsors, collaborators and venues.
  • Researching / testing production materials appropriate to desired audience.
  • Defining marketing strategies to share work in production with industry professionals.
  • Expand presence to print, web and social media platforms through which to share the project content.

This event is co-sponsored by the ASMP Oregon Chapter and the Portland Art Museum’s Photography Council.

October 28, Joshua Tree, California: Social Media Lecture by MVS

October 28, 2019
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

In the Era of Instagram: Social Media Strategies for Photo Artists

On Monday evening, October 28th, MVS will give a lecture sponsored by the newly-established Joshua Tree Center for the Photographic Arts. Open to the public.

How many people can you reach by pushing a button? And do the sheer numbers matter, or the people behind the numbers? Are your efforts in having a presence online better served by being “followed” by a broad audience or by posting your archive imagery towards being “found” by curators, art consultants, photo researchers and others searching for specific visual content? Can you successfully have a presence to satisfy both audiences?

In this seminar Mary Virginia Swanson introduces the strategies for using social media platforms to introduce and engage followers with your creative practice and move your career forward.

Seminar is a fundraising event for The Joshua Tree Center for the Photographic Arts. Suggested contribution: $10 – 20

Make your reservation by emailing Sant Khalsa, Director, at JoshuaTreePhotoArts@gmail.com.

November 11, Winkleman, AZ: One-day Seminar “From Concept to Audience: The Life of a Project”

November 11, 2019
9:30 amto4:30 pm

From Concept to Audience: The Life of a Project

Where: Aravaipa Farms in Winkleman, Arizona
Monday, November 11th, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, 2019 (Veteran’s Day)

Fee: $85, includes buffet lunch. Space is limited.
Registration will open soon and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

In this one-day seminar, Mary Virginia Swanson will walk us through steps essential to ensure that thorough research and wise decisions will lead to creating work that is authentic in its making and its presentation with the strongest possibility of sponsorship, exhibitions and publications. Join us at Aravaipa Farm for an engaging and informative day with your peers!

Who Should Attend: Photographers who have begun producing or are completing a personal project they wish to bring to its broadest possible audience in exhibition, book and/or online format(s) would greatly benefit from this seminar.

To Register

Click the “Add to Cart” button and proceed with payment through PayPal.
Registration fee $85, includes buffet lunch.

– Discounted registration fee available for AZPA and ASMP Tucson members.  Contact Kelsey at assistant@mvswanson.com for details.  If you already have the discount code, enter it in the coupon code field on the next page.
– Registration closes, Friday, November 8, 2019.
– Cancellations before Monday, November 4 will be given a refund minus a $5 processing fee.
– Cancellations after Monday, November 4 are not eligible for a refund.

Note: This Seminar is Day-One of a longer retreat-style workshop. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, open until accommodations are Fully booked.. Details about this Retreat-style workshop are here.

October 14 & 15, Portland, OR: MVS Available for Consultations

October 14, 2019toOctober 15, 2019

If you have worked with Ms. Swanson in the past, please feel free to contact her directly at mvs@mvswanson.com to schedule a session.

MVS will be available for a limited number of consultations while visiting Portland, Oregon.

If this would be your initial consultation, please visit “Mentoring with MVS” and follow the links to submit a client fact sheet; upon receipt she will be in touch with you to schedule your initial consultation.

Sessions are confirmed in the order requests are received.

July 22, Chicago: MVS Available for Consultations

July 22, 2019

MVS will be available for a limited number of consultations while visiting Chicago, Illinois.

If you have worked with Ms. Swanson in the past, please feel free to contact her directly at mvs@mvswanson.com to schedule a session.

If this would be your initial consultation, please visit “Mentoring with MVS” and follow the links to submit a client fact sheet; upon receipt she will be in touch with you to schedule your initial consultation.

Sessions are confirmed in the order requests are received.

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