Archive for January, 2007

Long-range planning: Rhubarb ’07 and FotoFest ’08 Portfolio Reviews

As you know, registration for portfolio review events fill long before the date of the event. Photolucida, happening this April in Portland, Oregon filled to capacity just three days after registration opened! It is essential that you are on the e-mailing lists for events that you want to attend, and in hopes of getting in, hold those dates open on your calendar.

RHUBARB’s International Festival of the Image occurs annually late July in Birmingham, England. Dates for ’07: July 26-29. If you feel your body of work if of a level to warrant meetings with professionals, and you apply before registration is full, you will define your own schedule of meetings, unique to Rhubarb. The later you are accepted, the less your options for meetings with the full roster as some curators, publishers and gallery owners a booked quickly. The website states “Bookings will begin early in ’07″ so don’t miss out! The early register gets their first choice of meetings with Reviewers. Click on 0.1. Rhubarb Festival on their website to learn more about last year’s event. To join their list for updates, click here.

FOTOFEST occurs every other even numbered year in Houston, Texas; dates for the Twelveth International Biennial of Photography and Photo-Related Art will be March 7 – April 20, 2008 during which exhibitions, workshops, symposia and a fine print auction will occur. The calendar for the 2006 event will give you an idea of the rich offerings during FotoFest. At the beginning of the 2008 dates and running for about two weeks, “The Meeting Place” will occur – this is the longest running and most internationally attended portfolio review event in the US, both in terms of photographers and Reviewers. In its January Newsletter, FotoFest will be posting information about the 2008 Meeting Place and announce the theme for exhibitions; another important reason to sign up for their e-mailing list and receive their monthly newsletter. Having your work included in an exhibition at FotoFest affords a tremendous audience, publication and good company for your work.

Please note that both organizations host events year-round, both regionally and internationally, but the portfolio reviews mentioned above are the “cornerstones” of activities for emerging photographers. If your work is ready to go to market, don’t miss these events, and the opportunity to connect with your peers!

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This link opens up a world of photography exhibitions currently on view world-wide, organized by city, gallery, “ending soon” and country. A very handy guide to check before traveling, or even for you own hometown!

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DIA Invitational Exhibition Deadline Extended

I just received the e-newsletter from the Center for Fine Art Photography with the news that the deadline for the Denver International Airport Exhibition has been extended. As you know, Colorado has its share of weather which has affected delivery of mail to the area.

Check out the CALLS FOR ENTRY page on their website for details on these approaching deadlines:

The Art of Digital Imagery – JANUARY 16
The DIA Invitational – JANUARY 30
Abstractions – FEBRUARY 6

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Learn about funding for your personal projects: FOUNDATION CENTER

Many thanks to the Foundation Center for all the good work they do! Be sure to learn more about fundraising for you projects on their “Gain Knowledge” section of their website and at their seminar at offices/libraries in New York, Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco and Washington DC and cooperating collections nationwide.

Be sure to take advantage of the courses offered at their offices; a three-month calendar is always posted, so when planning to be in any of the above cities, don’t forget to look at the EDUCATION and EVENTS CALENDAR on each of the offices’ websites (for example, click here to see the NYC office calendar for January/February/March 2007; among my favorites are “Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts”, “Guide to the Resources on the Foundation Center’s Website” and Introduction to “The Foundation Directory Online.”

sign up as “a grantseeker” to receive the Philanthropy News Digest via email, a service of The Foundation Center. Know too that you can tailor the content sent to you to your project subject areas. You can choose a more general field of interest such as “arts and culture” or a more specific report on topics you may be pursuing in your work such as health/aging, science and technology, international affairs and so forth.

With perseverance and professionalism, you will find a match for your project funding needs.

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Creative Capital Announces 2007 Grant Cycle in Visual Arts, Film/Video

From the Philantropy News Digest, a service of The Foundation Center: Artists across the US will have the chance to promote their works-in-progress and works-to-be when the nonprofit arts organization Creative Capital accepts proposals for its 2007 grants cycle supporting projects in the visual arts and film/video.

To apply, artists must first submit an inquire form, which will be available FEBRUARY 5TH on the foundation’s website. Mark that date on your calendar/to-do list! The deadline for completed forms is MARCH 5th; those invited to submit a formal application with work samples will be notified in June 2007.

In the coming weeks, Creative Capital will be hosting public information sessions for those considering applying; dates are 1/9 at the Bronx Museum of art, 1/12 at the Maryland Art Place, 1/16 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, and 2/5 at the Art Institute of Chicago.

For the first time, Creative Capital has appointed two outside teams of arts professionals to assist with the selection process, which could lead to as many as forty grants. For a complete list of grantees, profiles of funded projects and up to date grant cycle information can be found online at the foundation’s website; consider signing up for their email list.

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On Web 2.0′s Impact – Commentary by an Ad Exec

In today’s, advertising and comunications industry pioneer Bob Greenberg, CEO and chief creative officer at R/GA contributes his reflections on the web’s brief history, where it is heading, and the impact we the people now have on the media. You are, after all, TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year.

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Application Period OPENS: Leica European Publishers Award for 2007

The Leica Eruopean Publishers Award, open to photographers worldwide “is a major initiative to encourage publishing of contemporary photography.” The competition is a unique collaboration between seven European Publishers: Actes Sud (France), Apeiron (Greece), Dewi Lewis Publishing (Great Britain), Editions Braus (Germany), Lunwerg Editiores (Spain), Mets & Schilt (The Netherlands) and Peliti Associati (Italy).

January 1-31 is the time when book proposals will be accepted by the participating publishers; if one of these publishers is not in your country, applications must be submitted to this year’s host publisher (Editions Braus in 2007). IMPORTANT: All submissions must be posted from, and returned to, a European address.

The website lists the impressive roster of previous winners with links to their published projects; the 2006 winning project was Children of Bombay by photographer Dario Mitidieri.

This is a terrific way to introduce your projects to seven publishers of photography books via a single submission; good luck to all!

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