MVS On the Road

As of September 2015, MVS will not begin any new private mentoring relationships. To learn from her, please attend one of her public appearances listed below or attend one of her workshops.

October 17, NYC: MVS Available for Consultations

October 17, 2015

MVS will be available for a limited number of in-person consultations with existing client while in New York City.  If you have worked with Ms. Swanson in the past, please feel free to contact Kelsey at to schedule a session.  Sessions are confirmed in the order requests are received.

October 23, NYC: MVS Presenting at PhotoPlus Expo

October 23, 2015
4:30 pmto6:30 pm

PhotoPlus Expo
Javits Convention Center, New York City

Sustaining Your Long-Term Project: Fundraising, Sponsorship, and Creative Focus

“Many photographers engage in creative projects that live within them for years, continuing work on them as funding allows.  Securing time and support on many levels is essential. In this seminar, Mary Virginia Swanson will describe the path to successful fundraising to support the completion and subsequent publication and exhibition of your photography projects. She will help artists understand how to research and connect with like-minded individuals, organizations and foundations who share a passion for your subject. The types of monetary grants available through corporate and private foundations and government agencies will be discussed, as well as the value of partnering with a fiscal agent for foundation support, in-kind donations and sponsorship. Swanson will share fundraising resources and describe her research methodology to secure financial support, allowing your photography project to reach the broadest possible audience.” Class ID: FC4

Registration is required to attend. Visit for details.

December 10-13, New Orleans: MVS participating in PhotoNOLA

December 10, 2015toDecember 13, 2015

MVS will be participating in the 10th Annual PhotoNOLA Festival in New Orleans.  Registratio for the Portfolio Reviews open September 3rd at 10:00 a.m. CST; see event website for complete details:

January 19-24, 2016: Finding Your Audience: MVS Master Class

January 19, 2016toJanuary 24, 2016

Offered in Tucson, Arizona, this workshop is designed for photographers who have begun to present their work to targeted audiences, with career strategy at the core of our discussions. Photographers will gain a deeper and broader understanding of today’s print collecting, licensing and publication markets and more in this advanced workshop.

Participants benefit a great deal from the experience of others. Artists accepted to this workshop will be expected to share their professional experiences with the class.

A portfolio of images and overview of professional experience will be reviewed for consideration of participation.

Learn details on submitting applications here.


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