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 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.

December 10, New Orleans: Social Media Lecture by MVS

December 10, 2019
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

Numbers vs. People: Social Media Strategies for Photographers In the Instagram Era

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Social: 6:00 PM | Lecture: 7:00 PM
Hosted by ASMP New Orleans/Gulf South

Food and drinks will be served. Location to be determined.

How many people can you reach by pushing a button? Do sheer numbers matter, or the people behind them?  Are your efforts to have a presence online better served by being “Followed” by a broad audience or “found” by curators and photo researchers searching for specific visual content?  Is it possible to have a presence that satisfies both audiences?

In this lecture, Mary Virginia Swanson discusses the best strategies for using social media platforms for engaging with decision makers and moving your career forward.

Fee: $15 ASMP member | $20 Other photographic society member | $30 Non-member | $5 students (school ID required)

To register for this event, visit ASMP New Orleans/Gulf South’s website:

December 14, New Orleans: MVS Moderating Panel on Collecting Photography at PhotoNola

December 14, 2019
9:00 amto11:00 am

A seminar with Industry Professionals who sell and acquire contemporary photography.

PhotoNOLA 2019
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 9:00-11:00 AM
International House Conference Facility
Registration: $35 in advance / $45 at door | REGISTER HERE

A goal for artists serious about their creative practice is acquisition of their artwork by collectors. To help demystify this process, we have assembled a distinguished panel of industry professionals to share their knowledge and insights on the principles and strategies employed. Our experts include a respected gallerist and curators of private, public and corporate collections who will address their particular roles in the procurement of artwork, and impart best practices for artists who wish their creative legacies to include work held in significant collections.

Frish Brandt, President, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, California
Naomi Huth, Curator, JM Cohen Family Collection, New York, New York
Emma Lewis, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern, London, England
Francis Thompson, Capital One Art Program Manager, JLL, Richmond, Virginia

Mary Virginia Swanson, Advisor to Artists & Arts Organizations, Tucson, Arizona


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