FotoFest 2016 Biennial
Seeking Submissions: CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES: Looking at the Future of the Planet
Deadline: Friday, February 27, 2015
“FotoFest’s 2016 Biennial of Photography and New Media Art will be FotoFest’s sixteenth consecutive Biennial. Over 1,000 photographic and new media artists exhibited works during the 2014 Biennial, and overall attendance was 275,000 people. Curators, artists, collectors, publishers, critics and arts audiences from over 32 countries attended the Biennial.
The FotoFest 2016 Biennial takes place March 12-April 24, 2016.
FotoFest has announced the focus of the 2016 Biennial – Changing Circumstances: Looking at the Future of the Planet. The exhibitions and related programs will be curated by FotoFest Executive Director Steven Evans with FotoFest Co-founders Frederick Baldwin and Wendy Watriss.
To reach as broad a constituency of artists as we can, FotoFest is calling for submissions of work around the 2016 theme.
FOTOFEST 2016 BIENNIAL – THE THEME
Across the globe, millions of people are addressing the crises that are affecting the sustainability of life as we know it on this planet. 400,000 people recently participated in international demonstrations concerning the issues of environmental change. Thousands of others are responding, with small and large projects, to the challenges of protecting, preserving and developing the resources of the planet in sustainable ways.
What role is art playing in these processes of change?
How are artists addressing the issues of global change as they affect the planet?
FotoFest is interested in reviewing projects that show how art and artists are addressing the needs of our planet and the ways in which we use the world’s resources. This theme includes innovative ways in which art is interpreting and representing the problems of the planet and how human society is adding to these problems.
We do not want to focus simply on representation(s) of the problems, unless there is a very innovative or unusual approach to portraying and/or envisioning the problems. Our goal is to show how people are confronting the challenges and acting – how art and artists are contributing to change. We are looking for pro-active projects and perspectives, and are giving priority to projects examining new ideas and solutions.
We are interpreting sustainability very broadly. The threats to sustainability are not only environmental with reference to the physical environment and its resources – water; biodiversity; energy; air and soil. We also are concerned with population, migration, agriculture and food production, material consumption, and issues of wealth and poverty.
We are open to many different kinds of work – three-dimensional installations; video and moving image artwork; sound art; online projects; and two-dimensional prints.
Submissions must include the following:
- CONTACT INFORMATION (name, address, phone number, email address)
- Up to 20 HIGH QUALITY DIGITAL IMAGES (JPEG)
- Digital images must be sized to 1000px at their longest dimension.
- Digital files that do not follow these specifications will not be considered.
- No more than 20 images will be reviewed.
- You MAY submit up to three bodies of work (20 images for each body of work)
- CHECKLIST of the submitted works or images with captions, dates, dimensions, and medium
- Short STATEMENT about your work
- CURRENT CURRICULUM VITAE or resume
- Submissions must be received in the FotoFest Office by Friday, February 27, 2015.
PLEASE NOTE: Do not send original works. Materials will not be returned
Responses may take some time. We appreciate your patience. Due to the volume of material that FotoFest receives, submissions will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.
Submissions by Email: Please send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions by Mail (CD, DVD or USB jump drive):
FotoFest 2016 Biennial – SUBMISSIONS
2000 Edwards St, Bldg C, Ste 2
Houston, TX 77007 USA
If you do not receive a confirmation within four weeks of sending your submission, please contact the FotoFest exhibitions department at email@example.com.
Questions: Please contact FotoFest Associate Curator and Exhibitions Coordinator Jennifer Ward with any questions – firstname.lastname@example.org, 1 713 223-5522 ext. 18.”
View the full prospectus at http://2014biennial.fotofest.org/2016/submissions.aspx.
“FotoFest’s portfolio review program, THE MEETING PLACE, gives artists the opportunity to meet and show their work to top arts professionals from around the world. The event is literally a “meeting place” – a place where photographic artists, arts professionals, collectors, and colleagues are able to network, collaborate, share ideas, and establish life-long connections.
The Meeting Place Portfolio Review brings together over 500 photographic artists from around the world and across the United States, with over 160 professional Reviewers. It is the largest portfolio review program in the world. To read more about the History of the Meeting Place Portfolio Review Program.”
Visit www.fotofest.org/2014biennial/portfolioreview for further details.
Click here to download a PDF of the Registration Form.
August 2nd, Houston: Opening Reception for “Contemporary Photography: Russia, China, Czech & Slovak Republics”
Contemporary Photography: Russia, China, Czech & Slovak Republics
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 2, 11am – 1pm
“A dynamic and diverse collection of photographs from 22 international contemporary art photographers, Contemporary Photography: Russia, China, Czech & Slovak Republics is a new exhibition by FotoFest in collaboration with Brookfield Office Properties at Allen Center in Downtown Houston.
The exhibition is on view at One, Two and Three Allen Center, July 30 – October 6, 2012.”
500 Dallas Street
Downtown Houston, Texas [map]
“This year’s event will honor our 2011 Vision Award Honorees, Fred Baldwin & Wendy Watriss, founders of FotoFest and features CPW’s 33rd annual benefit auction of contemporary and classic photographs. Auction proceeds directly support the creative programs of the Center for Photography at Woodstock, a not-for-profit arts and educational organization. Please support the arts.”
To see the program events, to purchase tickets, and for all other details click here.
291 Tinker Street (Route 212)
Woodstock, New york 12498 [map]
Lens Culture FotoFest Paris: Meeting Place Portfolio Reviews Registration Now Open and Call for Entries
Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2011
November 7, 8 & 9, 2011
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the International Portfolio Reviews & Meeting Place for Photographers
“Hosted at the Spéos Paris Photographic Institute, Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2011 will bring together 130 photographers and 40 international photography experts for 3 full days of productive, stimulating meetings. Last year, photographers and reviewers from 32 countries participated. The event offers all participants tremendous opportunities to share knowledge, connections and insights.
Lens Culture FotoFest Paris takes place immediately before Paris Photo — the world’s largest international fair and marketplace for contemporary photography.
Paris is one of the world’s capitals for photography, so there is always a lot of inspiration to be discovered in galleries, museums and other venues throughout the city, as well.”
Photography and Multimedia Awards
Deadline: Sturday, September 17, 2011
“Lens Culture International Exposure Awards discover, reward, and promote talented, new, emerging and established photographers and multimedia creators from around the world. We’re looking for exciting work from every continent, and from diverse points of view: documentary, fine art, nature, photojournalism, activism, street photography, sports, fashion, poetic, personal, abstract and human. A stellar international jury of photography experts will review and judge every entry submitted.”
There are three categories for awards in 2011:
- Multimedia: $75 for a feature no more than 8 minutes long
- Portfolio: $75 for 5-15 images
- Single Image: $35 for 1 image
There will also be 25 Honorable Mention Awards.
To learn more about each category, the prizes and submission guidelines click here.
FotoFest 2012 Portfolio Reviews
Early registration: June 1 to July 14, 2011
16 Days of days of portfolio reviews: four 4-day sessions
Spaces are limited and fill up quickly
“FotoFest’s Biennial international portfolio review for artists, the Meeting Place, is considered one of the best in the world. Artist successes are tracked on FotoFest’s Successes of the Meeting Place web page. The portfolio reviews are a launching pad for the careers of photographic artists across the world. In 2012, the Meeting Place will bring 160 curators, editors, publishers, gallerists, collectors and photo agency representatives to review the work of registered artists.”
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 10 am – 4 pm
University of Houston – Downtown
One Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002 [map]
“Coordinated by the country’s leading organization for the rights of photographers and image makers, this workshop is on the importance of image ownership in the age of digital distribution and should not be missed. As an image maker, what are your rights? Why should you register your images? What can be considered for copyright? And how do you register your images for copyright?
For more information or to register please visit: http://www.fotofest.org/workshops/.
Saturday, March 26, 2011, 2 pm
1113 Vine Street
Houston, Texas [map]
FotoFest 2012 Biennial
Submission Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2011 (at the FotoFest office)
From FotoFest’s submissions page:
“FotoFest’s own exhibition will focus on Contemporary Russian Photography: Post World War II Avant-garde Photography to the Present. These exhibitions will show work by Russian photographers working in Russia. The theme will be explored through five photography, video and multi-media exhibitions of work by contemporary Russian artists. FotoFest’s Creative Directors are collaborating with two Russian curators on these exhibitions.
In addition to FotoFest’s own exhibitions, numerous Participating Spaces in the Biennial look at work that artists send to FotoFest for consideration. Participating Spaces are the over 100 galleries, non-profit spaces, and commercial venues in the Houston area that choose to exhibit photography during the FotoFest Biennial alongside FotoFest’s own exhibitions.
These spaces have the option of 1) following FotoFest’s focus which in 2012, can include work about Contemporary Russia by artists of any nationality, or 2) presenting work unrelated to FotoFest’s theme. Submissions approved by the Art Board are posted on the submission web page for Participating Spaces to view and select for possible exhibition.”
To have your portfolio reviewed by FotoFest, please send:
- A CD or DVD containing no more than 25 high quality digital images (JPEG)
- A short statement about your work
- A current resume or curriculum vitae
- The FotoFest staff reviews portfolios on a monthly basis.
- Digital images must be sized to 1000 px at their longest dimension.
- Digital files that do not follow these specifications will not be considered.
- No more than 25 images will be reviewed. Supporting text can be saved on CD/DVD.
- Due to the volume of materials that FotoFest receives, submissions will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.
- Responses may take up to several months. Please be patient and DO NOT contact FotoFest regarding the status of your portfolio. We appreciate your patience.
- FotoFest does not review portfolios sent via email.
- Please contact FotoFest Exhibitions Coordinator Jennifer Ward with any questions – email@example.com.
Please address work to:
1113 Vine Street, Ste 101
Houston, TX 77002
Assembly: Eight Emerging Photographers from Southern California
Presented at Fred Torres Collaborations
March 15 – April 9, 2011
Reception: Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Fred Torres Collaborations
527 West 29th Street
New York, NY
“Assembly, one of four Contemporary U.S. Photography exhibitions commissioned by FotoFest for the FotoFest 2010 Biennial, will be presented by Fred Torres Collaborations in New York City. Assembly: Eight Emerging Photographers from Southern California was curated by the Curatorial Team of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California.”