Archive for July, 2007

Ford Foundation’s IllumiNation Program Grants Support Native American Arts, Artists and Cultures

From the Ford Foundation press release:
“New York, July 6, 2007 — Celebrating and supporting the rich traditions and contemporary expression of Native American arts and cultures are at the heart of a major Ford Foundation initiative.

IllumiNation is a $1.9 million dollar program established by the foundation to strengthen Indigenous arts and cultures throughout the United States. Acknowledging that art and the creative process are essential to the continuing development of Native American culture, the program will, among other things, offer support to Indigenous artists and performers, encourage entrepreneurship and help build networks between individuals and organizations across the country

Under the program, a select number of arts organizations have been awarded two-year grants of up to $250,000 that are then disseminated to individual artists, community groups and institutions. The seven Ford grantees participating in the program have created a national support network for the contemporary Native American arts community. Through the program, they have sustained artists and organizations in communities across the country, supported cultural creativity and self-determination and exposed the larger arts community to Native American perspectives.

IllumiNation is a reflection of the foundation’s commitment to Native America. The largest and most enduring funder of Native American projects in the country, the foundation has invested more than $80 million in Native American programs over the last 20 years. In addition to our work in the arts, grants and programs have supported economic and community development efforts and advanced education and human rights.

Later this year, the foundation will launch a new Native American arts and culture fund with an initial endowment of $5 million designed to strengthen philanthropic networks of tribes, foundations, corporations and individuals. The fund will extend the work of the IllumiNation program and its commitment to Native American arts.

Ford grantees participating in the IllumiNation program include:

First Peoples Fund
Rapid City, South Dakota

A Native-controlled, national organization, First Peoples Fund is dedicated to cultivating arts leadership among Native Americans, supporting entrepreneurial artists and sustaining arts and culture at the community level. An IllumiNation grant will help First Peoples Fund increase its re-granting to American Indian artists.

Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development
Arcata, California

With its IllumiNation grant, the Seventh Generation Fund is expanding its work with Native artists and arts organizations and further developing its Arts and Cultural Expression program. The fund is the oldest continually operating Native American intermediary grant-making organization in the United States. Since its founding in 1977, the fund has assisted hundreds of Indigenous groups and projects, including more than 30 arts organizations.

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.

Since 1996, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has re-granted to approximately 50 Native artists. With its IllumiNation grant, the museum is expanding its already strong re-granting program for visiting artists, community artists, community art symposia and its Youth Mural Project. In addition, NMAI will provide training and assistance for tribal cultural centers and museums to curate exhibits in their own communities.

Eiteljorg Museum of the American Indian and Western Art
Indianapolis, Indiana

One of the only museums of its kind in the Midwest, the Eiteljorg Museum has a premier collection of traditional and contemporary Native American and Western art. The museum’s hallmark effort is its Fellowship for Native American Fine Art program, which has provided more than $1 million in support to Native artists over the last decade. The IllumiNation grant is helping the museum extend and expand the fellowship program.

American Composers Forum
St. Paul, Minnesota

An IllumiNation grant is providing support for the American Composers Forum’s First Nations Composers Initiative, helping Native American composers and musicians throughout the United States. The initiative builds on Ford’s commitment to helping the forum link communities with Native American composers and performers while encouraging the development of new music.

The Evergreen State College

Olympia, Washington

The Evergreen State College has a long history of bolstering Native American communities, offering a variety of Native American-focused programs and opportunities. With the establishment of its Longhouse Education and Cultural Center’s Native Economic Development Arts Initiative, the college promotes education, artistic creativity and economic development for Native artists. The center is using its IllumiNation grant to broaden its re-granting programs and become a national resource for Native artists through its extensive artist-in-residence program.

New England Foundation for the Arts
Boston, Massachusetts

The New England Foundation for the Arts is using its IllumiNation grant to expand its Native Arts Initiative. The initiative includes a newly established regional Native arts re-granting program, efforts to engage the tribal communities in the field of the arts and support for the advancement of Native American artists and arts organizations on a national scale.”

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Call for Curators: Seventh Annual Emerging Curator Exhibition; deadine August 1

From the CFEVA Website:

“The Center for Emerging Visual Artists’ Felicity R. “Bebe” Benoliel Gallery is currently accepting proposals from emerging curators for its Seventh Annual Visiting Curator Exhibition, scheduled to take place in Spring 2008. Applicants are asked to address the celebration of CFEVA’s 25th Anniversary Year by incorporating the theme of “Anniversary” in their proposals. This theme can be interpreted as fully or loosely as each applicant sees fit. Once chosen, the curator will be solely responsible for selecting the artists and artworks for the exhibition. Each exhibition must consist of at least 4 artists.

Applicants may include all media in the proposal; however, preference will be given to proposals that include artwork that can be accommodated in our gallery. Applicants must live within 100 miles of Philadelphia.

Curators will be compensated $500 per exhibition.
Interested applicants must submit the following:
-A curator’s statement detailing the proposed exhibition (up to 2 pages)
-A current resume
-A list of artists included in the proposed exhibition
-Digital images or slides from of at least 2 of the included artists -Current resumes of all of the included artists
-A self-addressed, stamped envelope for return shipping

Application deadline: 8/01/07 Application fee: $10.00

For more information or to receive a gallery floor-plan please contact Genevieve Coutroubis at 215 546-7775 x11 or It is strongly suggested that applicants visit the gallery to get a sense of the space prior to applying.”

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Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) Receives Pew Grant

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia has received a grant of $45,000 from the Pew Charitable Trust, part of their “Philadelphia Cultural Leadership Program,” to “facilitate and reward exemplary management practices.”

From the CFEVA website:
“The Center For Emerging Visual Artists™, formerly Creative Artists Network, was founded in 1984 by Felicity R. “Bebe” Benoliel to encourage the career development of emerging visual artists. Since then, the organization has worked steadily harder to provide the support essential to talented individuals building careers in the visual arts. The Center dedicates itself to making art careers viable for those who choose them, helping emerging artists reach their audiences, and promoting interest and understanding of emerging visual art among citizens of the community.”

Under its “Information for Artists” link:
The Center For Emerging Visual Artists™ is first and foremost about giving artists the tools and experiences you need to achieve your visions of success as artists. We believe deeply and passionately, and have for over 21 years, that art making is essential not only to the quality of life in our society, but to its survival, and that art makers must be supported well by all of us. For that reason, all of the programming The Center develops and sustains is focused on building artists’ skills in the business of art, creating a place where artists can find the resources and information you need to advance your careers and increasing the awareness and appreciation of the visual arts and visual artists in our regional community.

Our site offers you access to some of our most important artist resources, and we encourage you to click on CFEVA Resources For You to find out more about them.”

The options here are

This is a very interesting organization, having offered their “CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM” to artists (“Fellows”) within 100 miles of the Philadelphia area for 21 years now, contributing to the broad awareness of artists wishing to make a living in this challenging but rewarding industry. It is a model for other cities to look to an emulate.

From the website:
“The Mission of The Center’s two-year Career Development Program is to advance the professional development of a selected group of highly talented select group of emerging visual artists, while encouraging their participation in the region’s communities.

Fellows are selected anonymously by our esteemed Board of Artistic Advisors each fall. Selection is based on the merit of the artwork submitted and a brief statement. New Fellows begin their fellowship the following January. Generally, accepted artists are notified in December, but no later than the end of January. Artists are accepted into The Career Development Program regardless of age, educational level, economic status, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Once an artist begins The Program, he/she will receive: up to six exhibition opportunities per year (regionally, nationally and internationally), a two-person show during the second year, career counseling, mentorship and intimate workshops geared towards the advancement of his/her career.

On average, the non-Philadelphia Fellows should plan on coming to Philadelphia once or twice each month. If transportation is a concern, The Center’s staff can research affordable options. Fellows can be employed so long as they are able to participate fully in The Program.

In order to be eligible for The Program, artists must:
Have a current body of work ready to exhibit and/or sell
Live within 100 miles of The Center (all boroughs of New York and all of Baltimore included) as outlined on the application
Not be in school
Never have had a solo show in a commercial gallery
Not have a contractual agreement with a commercial gallery
Be serious and dedicated to a life as a professional artist and to The Program.

We ask that each Fellow commits twenty hours of his or her time each year (40 during the course of the two-year Program) to the community through our Regional Community Arts Program. Upon the completion of The Program, each artist has 30 days to donate one exemplary piece of their artwork to The Center’s permanent collection. If the above requirements are completed, alumni are welcome to participate in our alumni programming.

Artists who fail to participate in at least four exhibitions per year and at least 75% of programming (including exhibition openings) will be released from The Program unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Alumni services include: solo shows, generous travel grants, goal setting groups and more.

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PIX Digital Imaging Contest #13: Deadline August 1

Pix Digital Imaging Contest: “Regonizing Excellence and Innovation in the use of Digital Imaging” has a posted deadline of August 1, but for those of you running behind you can pay extra to deliver your entry by August 15th. Try to make the deadline of August 1st as the entry fees are high.

Submissions categories:
Advertising Campaigns
Portraits / Celebs / Music
Travel / Lifestyle
Fashion / Beauty
Personal Work
New Talent (Students / Emerging Talent)

To view a gallery of 2006 Pix contest winners, click here.
To view all the contests organized by Photo District News Magazine, click here.

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Lecture on Magic Lanterns at the Ransom Center, Austin 7/17

“Magic Lanterns: Father of the Motion Picture and Grandfather of Television”

Jack Judson brings alive the world of the magic lantern, a form of animated optical projection used to educate and delight audiences for centuries, in his talk “Magic Lanterns: Father of the Motion Picture and Grandfather of Television” on Tuesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

Judson, owner of the Magic Lantern Castle in San Antonio, discusses the history of magic lanterns, which date back to the 1600s, and how they contributed to the development of cinema. He’ll project slides using his own restored magic lantern to illustrate his talk.

Seating is free, but limited.

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas has evolved into a world-renowned cultural institution. Throughout 2007, the Ransom Center comemorates its 50th Anniversary with programs and exhibitions dedicated to “Celebrating the Imagination.” HRC has published a richly illustrated chronicle of its history. Click here to learn more about this important book, and to purchase it.

To view a timeline of the Ransom Center’s 50-year history, click here.

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Fifty Crows Foundation Reviews Portfolios Quarterly for Exhibition Opportunities; NEXT DEADLINE: August 1

“The FiftyCrows Foundation based in San Francisco reviews portfolios for exhibition opportunities on a quarterly basis (4/1, 8/1, 12/1). To have a portfolio reviewed, photographers should submit a two-paragraph statement about the work in the body of an email, and a link to a website which contains the work of interest. Also include any information regarding the current status of the exhibition- whether the work is printed/framed, what type of prints, whether there are any multimedia (video/audio) components to the exhibition, and whether some type of funding has already been secured for exhibition opportunities. After the quarterly review process, photographers with work of note will be contacted by the staff.”

Join the mailing list by clicking here.

FiftyCrows Foundation
49 Geary Street
Suite 225
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel 415-391-6300

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Results: Up & Now: 12th Annual Photographic Competition On View at PCNW

Charlotte Cotton, newly appointed Curator of Photography at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, was the Juror for “Up and Now: 12th Annual photographic Competition” sponsored by the Photography Center Northwest. The exhibition went on view yesterday, and will be up through August 30th. Ms. Cotton will lecture there on August 3rd.

The photographers selected for inclusion are (I’ve added links when available):

Brett Bell, NY
Aly Su Borst, California
Stephen Brookbank, Ontario
Jesse Burke, Rhode Island
Rachael Dunville, New York
Martine Fougeron, New York
Andy Freeberg, California
Cat Gwynn, California
Joseph O. Holmes, New York
William Hundley, Texas
Sung Jin Park, New York
Dave Jordano, Illinois
Dina Kantor, New York
Steffi Klenz, London
Aline Mare, California
Monika Merva, New York
Brad Moore, California
Kate Orne, New York
Charles Peterson, Washington
Beatrix Reinhardt, New York
Joel Sanders, New York
Brea Souders, New York
Rylan Steele, Georgia
Lex Thompson, Minnesota
Daniel Traub, New York

From the website:
“This annual juried exhibition draws entries from across the country and around the world, and remains among the most popular shows in PCNW’s annual schedule. The competition is open to all photographers, all photographic processes, and all themes. The juror is looking for work that represents a larger, cohesive body of work and will be selecting a short series from each photographer chosen. From among those exhibited, our juror will select first, second and third prize winners to receive prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250.

Juror Charlotte Cotton is Department Head and Curator of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Previously, she was Head of Cultural Programs at Art + Commerce in New York, Head of Programming at The Photographers’ Gallery in London and a Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 1993 to 2004. She has curated many exhibitions of historical and contemporary photography including, Imperfect Beauty: the making of contemporary fashion photographs (2000), Out of Japan (2002), Stepping In and Out: contemporary documentary photography (2003) and Guy Bourdin (2003). Cotton is the author and editor of publications such as Imperfect Beauty (2000), Then Things Went Quiet (2003), Guy Bourdin (2003) and The Photograph as Contemporary Art (2004), a title in the World of Art series published by Thames & Hudson. Her most recent writing includes essays and interviews with Paul Graham, Rinko Kawauchi, Hannah Starkey, Dav id Hilliard, Inez van Lamsweerde, Desiree Dolron, and Philip-Lorca diCorcia.”

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Fotobild’s 6th International Fair for Art Photographers; deadline for applications for “SELLING” is July 22

I received this via email today; event dates are November 8-11 in Berlin:

FOTOBILD is an international event for art photographers providing the chance to promote and support their own work and understand the art market.

FOTOBILD “SELLING” has become the major German fair for producers of photo art. In 2006 more than 14.000 visitors attended the four day event.

International curators, gallery owners, publishers, magazine editors and art buyers from advertising agencies will be invited to meet the exhibitors and review their photographic work

“SELLING” is FOTOBILD’s innovative version of the traditional concept of art fairs:
Present, promote and sell your photographic work directly to the public (select and design your own stand).

Take advantage of this unique opportunity and participate in the portfolio viewings for free

Win a free stand for the best application, selected by the jury

The 25 participants will be selected by an international jury.

For SELLING applications, participation fees and further information please visit our website:


Selected details from the website; visit it to learn costs and complete terms and conditions:

Selling programme is open to:

Professionals or amateur photographers, artists using photography, communities, organizations, galleries, agencies or schools, without any age or nationality preferences.

FOTOBILD is looking for portfolios containing personal, original bodies of work marked by a unity of thought, vision or theme. The number of submitted projects should – depending on the stand size – range from two to four projects.

The JURY for “Selling” will be:

Manuela Alexejew, Collector, Berlin
Joerg Bader, Centre de la Photographie, Genève
Bernd Fechner, Fotobild Berlin
Klaus Gennrich, stilwerk Berlin
Anna Gripp, Photonews Hamburg
Frank Kalero, Ojo de Pez, Madrid
Celina Lunsford, Fotografie Forum International
Rhonda Wilson, Rhubarb-Rhubarb Birmingham
Esther Woerdehoff, Esther Woerdehoff Gallery, Paris.”

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Results: Photography Now ’07 On View at CPW

The Image selections by Alison D. Nordstrom, curator of photographs at George Eastman House for the exhibition “Photography Now” are on view at the Center for Photography at Woodstock through August 19th.

From the website:

Photography Now ’07 presents the works of nine widely disparate photographers that, when assembled in one room, makes an emotionally cohesive whole. Almost never do we look at photographs one at a time. In jurying an exhibition, rather than judging a competition, the principal concern must be to create an interesting, harmonious selection that becomes “one thing”. It goes without saying that the work must be good. By that I mean original, well crafted, and intelligent. Anything else would be jarring, distracting, boring or an insult to the viewer. However being good is not enough when what is being chosen is an exhibition rather than say, the Champion Pig at the County Fair.”

The website features a selection of the work of the nine selected photographers, as well as artists statements/bios; I’ve added their websites below if available.

They are:
Gideon Barnett
Chicago, Illinois

Paul Giguere
Arlington, Massachusetts

Chad Hunt
New York, New York

Allison Hunter
Houston, Texas

Andrew Liccardo
DeKalb, Illinois

Tamara Lischka
Portland, Oregon

Forest McMullin
Rochester, New York

Franc Palaia
Poughkeepsie, New York


Kristopher Stallworth
Bakersfield, California.

Congratulations to all!

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Magnum Photos announces new Nominees and 2007 Inge Morath Award Winner.

Magnum Photos has announced the names of this year’s Nominees, selected at the 60th Annual Gemeral Meeting of the agency, held in New York City June 21-24.

They are:
Allesandra Sanguinetti (Argentina)
Jacob Aue Sobol (Denmark)
Mikhael Subotzky (South Africa).

In addition the winner of the 2007 Inge Morath Award was announced. This year’s winner is: Olivia Arthur (London, UK), in support of her project “The Middle Distance,” documenting the lives of women alongthe border between Asia an Europe. Information and images on Click here to view a project description and view a slide show featured on the Inge Morath Foundation website. Runners up : Rena Effendi (Azerbaijan) and Newsha Tavakolian (Iran).

The Inge Morath Award honors the memory of Inge Morathand is organized in cooperation with Magnum Photos. A prize of $5,000 is awarded annually to a female documentary photographer or photojournalist under the age of 30, selected by Magnum members at the Magnum annual meeting.

To see a list of previous Inge Morath Award winners, click here.

To read the complete press release concerning these announcements from Magnum, click here.

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