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.

October 13, Louisville, KY: MVS Available for Consultations

October 13, 2018

MVS will be available for a limited number of consultations while in Louisville, KY.

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.

October 10-12, Nashville: MVS Available for Consultations

October 10, 2018toOctober 12, 2018

MVS will be available for a limited number of consultations while in Nashville TN.

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.

October 3-6, Durham, NC: MVS Presenting in Click! Academy

October 3, 2018toOctober 6, 2018

Click! Photo Festival | Click! Academy

From Concept to Audience: The Life of a Photographic Project
October 3, 12:30–2:30 PM

As artists, when an idea for a project becomes clear and the passion to produce that new work overtakes us, we begin a journey unlike any other. By thinking about the desired audience and impact of your project at the outset, it is more likely that your efforts will exceed your expectations.
In this seminar, Mary Virginia Swanson will walk us through recommended steps to ensure that thorough research and wise decisions will lead to creating work that is authentic in its making and its presentation, and that the project has the strongest possibility of sponsorship, exhibitions and publication. RSVP required, register here.

Projects in Progress: A Group Session with Mary Virginia Swanson
October 4, 9:30–11:45 AM

Registration Fee: $65
Register here.

In this group format, 10 photographers  in succession will share their project-in-progress in print form (not digital) during a 10 – minute open discussion with MVS.  In this group format, each photographer will tell MVS briefly and succinctly

  • What the project is about.
  • Who the target audience is.
  • What the status of production is – early phase? in progress?  Nearing completion?
  • What your preferred final format is for the project (i.e. exhibition, publication, dedicated website etc.).
  • MVS will share her response to the work and ideas for moving your project forward.
  • When not presenting their work all participants are invited to observe the discussions she has with each of the with other participants.

Note: This session is limited to a total of 10 participants and is a companion to the public seminar: From Concept to Audience: The Life of a Photographic Project (above).

To Be Published or Self-Publish? Publishing Options for Artists Today
October 6, 1:00–2:00 PM

The print-on-demand revolution has opened up new publishing possibilities for artists; it has never been easier or more affordable to produce and market a book of your work. The traditional publishing path has the advantage of a highly specialized team that brings experience with design, production, marketing and distribution systems to the table. In a self-publishing scenario you can create exactly the book you envision, but without the input and expertise of seasoned professionals at a publishing house. Which approach is best for you and your work?

Mary Virginia Swanson will demystify the process of publishing a book of your photographs from the perspectives of both traditional trade and self-publishing paths, helping participants determine the pros/cons of each. Swanson will share resources from her recent title with coauthor Darius Himes, Publish Your Photography Book (Princeton Architectural Press, Revised and updated 2015).

Panel Discussion: Photo Book Publishing
October 6, 2:00–3:00 PM

Photo Book Publishing Moderator: Mary Virginia Swanson
Panelists: Dave Wofford owner Horse & Buggy Press Alice Whiteside Head, Joseph C. Sloane Art Library University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and special guest Lisa McCarty, whose book “Transcendental Concord” was just published by Radius Books.

September 13-26th, New York City: MVS Available for Consultations

September 13, 2018toSeptember 26, 2018

MVS will be available for a limited number of consultations while in NYC. MVS will be attending Photoville and the New York Art Book Fair.

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.

August 20th – September 11, Tucson: MVS Available for Consultations

August 20, 2018toSeptember 11, 2018

MVS will be available for a limited number of consultations while back at home in Tucson, AZ.

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.

August 14-19, Minneapolis: MVS Available for Consultations

August 14, 2018 4:00 pmtoAugust 19, 2018 4:00 pm

MVS will be available for a limited number of in-person consultations in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  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.

July 22 and 28, Santa Fe: MVS Available for Consultations

July 22, 2018toJuly 28, 2018

MVS will be available for a limited number of consultations just prior to and immediately following her annual course at the Santa Fe Photography Workshops.

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.

July 22-27, Santa Fe: “FINDING YOUR AUDIENCE” Workshop at SFPW

July 22, 2018toJuly 27, 2018

MVS will once again offer her popular workshop “Finding Your Audience” at the Santa Fe Photography Workshops.  Follow this link to the WORKSHOPS section of this website for complete details.  All registration managed by the Workshops; applications accepted in the order received.  Enrollment limited to 14 participants.

Note: this course sells out annually so advance consideration of application is encouraged.

June 11-15, Ephraim, UT: SummerSnow Visual Arts Workshops

June 11, 2018toJune 15, 2018

SUMMERSNOW VISUAL ARTS WORKSHOPS

Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing your Photographs

Held at Ephraim College

Registration opens December 18th, here.

This new workshop with Mary Virginia Swanson will provide a broad overview of today’s markets for photography, including the fine print collecting arena, and placement of work in the editorial and commercial licensing markets.

Through comprehensive lectures and visual examples, Swanson will discuss the path to finding your audience from concept to execution, presentation and marketing decisions, and sharing your work in exhibition or publication formats. Sponsorship and funding will be addressed, as well as the realities of being published and self-publishing photography books today.

Each student will also have a private meeting with Swanson focusing on their specific projects.

Students should bring their work in print form and a broader selection of work in smaller proof prints or edited digital files.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced; applicants should be committed to success with their photographs and be working towards fine craftsmanship.

May 21-26, NYC: MVS Available for Consultations

May 21, 2018toMay 26, 2018

MVS will be available for a limited number of consultations following her Beyond Print: The Life of Your Photobook Beyond Publication workshop at Aperture (details here).

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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