Archive for June, 2008

“FOOT IN DOOR: En Foco’s Free Professional Development Workshop June 13th

From the En Foco program website:

Emerging Photographers: Get Your Work Noticed!

WHAT: Come to En Foco‘s FREE professional development seminar, “Foot in the Door: Tips for Submitting your Work”

WHY: With so much competition, how can you make your work stand out? Learn about the tips, standard guidelines and procedures needed to apply for grants, artist residencies, exhibition and publication opportunities.

WHEN: Friday, June 13, 2008, 6-8pm

WHERE: El Taller Boricua Gallery
Julia De Burgos Latino Cultural Center
1680 Lexington Ave at 106th, New York, NY 10029
About the Presenter:

Marisol Díaz (En Foco Program Director) has been with En Foco since 1999, and in addition to curating its Touring Gallery exhibitions, her accomplishments include teaching photography classes at the Bronx International High School, Bronx River Art Center, the Millbrook Community Center in the Bronx, and Pelham Hutchinson Elementary in Pelham, NY, Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Bronx Council on the Arts and Pepatián. Díaz has served as a panelist for the Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx Net and Coca Cola’s Art in Harmony program and is a current member of NPPA. She is a recipient of the Brio Award (Bronx Recognizes its Own, 2004) from the Bronx Council on the Arts and the NY State Senate Award for her contribution to the arts in her community (2002). Her work has been exhibited in several galleries and alternative spaces in New York and Philadelphia.

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MVS to Houston Soon, Giving Lecture at HCP 6/26 to Benefit Newly Established “John Cleary Library”

As many of my readers will recall, my friend and gallerist John Cleary passed away suddenly earlier this year. I am going to be in Houston June 21-28 to work with his print and photobook collection, meet with my clients and most importantly give a lecture to benefit the John Cleary Library at the Houston Center for Photography during the exhibition of images from John’s collection of children, on view at HCP through July 13th.

Shortly before John passed away, HCP honored him by naming their newly established learning library the “John Cleary Library.”

It is my pleasure to present a lecture at HCP on the evening of June 26th with all proceeds benefitting the John Cleary Library (reception 7:30 p.m., lecture at 8 p.m.; book signing to follow).

While I have lectured at FotoFest during its educational programming within recent Biennial programming, this will be the first time I will present “Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs” in Houston. This presentation will be free to HCP members, non-members fee will be $12.00.

I will have copies of my book “The Business of Photography: Principles and Practices” will be for sale at a discounted rate, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the John Cleary Library.

Texans: head down from San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, or up from Galveston, over from Beaumont… Come out and support HCP’s new John Cleary LibraryI

I hope to meet many of you there.


From the HCP Calendar:

Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs
Thursday June 26, 2008, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Mary Virginia Swanson

Finding Your Audience: an Introduction to Marketing your Photography will provide artists with a road map to getting their work in front of those with whom they most wish to share it. Doing one’s homework towards the contemporary art market, engaging in a dialogue with peers as well as one’s industry, and presenting one’s artwork are at the core of this event. The value of entering juried competitions and maximizing one’s investment in attending art fairs and portfolio review events will be discussed as well as creating effective promotional materials to keep in touch with those on your mailing list. Lastly, the benefits of a multimedia presence today will be discussed, within a broader discussion about new markets for photographers.

Ms. Swanson will have copies of her self-published book THE BUSINESS OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Principles and Practices available at a discounted price for those attending the presentation; books are available at $30 for HCP members and $35 for non-members.

Finding Your Audience is free to all HCP members and is $12 for non-members.
Reservations are recommended but not required.

In honor of her friend, collector and photography dealer John Cleary, Ms. Swanson will donate all proceeds from the lecture and a portion of the evening’s book sales to HCP’s John Cleary Library.

Mary Virginia Swanson makes it her goal to help photographers find the strengths in their work and identify appreciative audiences for their prints, exhibitions, editorial and licensing placement. Ms. Swanson has a diverse professional background, having coordinated educational, publication and exhibitions programs for a wide range of institutions and businesses in the field of photography and is considered an expert in the area of marketing and licensing fine art. It was during her tenure heading special projects at Magnum Photos that she recognized the opportunities for artists to develop second markets for their work, and in 1991 she founded SWANSTOCK, an innovative agency managing licensing rights for fine art photographers. Her workshops and lectures on the subjects of marketing opportunities and awareness have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level. She also consults with business and agencies in the photographic industry to aid in their awareness of contemporary photography.
Ms. Swanson currently works individually with photographers as a marketing consultant to guide artists in their careers. She maintains a popular blog about marketing and she is the author of her self-published The Business of Photography: Principles and Practices (2007). Visit her website and link to her popular blog at

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AAF ART FAIR in NYC SOON; Panel on Collecting Photography 6/12 @ 7 p.m.

The Affordable Art Fair (AAF) returns to New York City on June 12-15th at the Metropolitan Pavilion (click here for map).

From the event website:

“AAF NYC is the place for new and established collectors to discover and buy paintings, drawings, sculptures, video, photography and limited edition prints from distinguished galleries, all priced from $100 – $10,000. This year the Fair will host more than 70 galleries from the US, Europe, Asia, Canada and South America.”

In addition to seeing great work and keeping an eye on prices, edition sizes, presentation format and more, consider attending the following panel discussion at the fair on Thursday evening June 12th:

Lecture Series
The Affordable Art Fair is proud to partner with the School of Visual Arts on our public programming series. SVA will host the following programs in The Altman Building/Metropolitan Pavilion, Lower Level:

In Focus: Collecting Photography - A panel discussion moderated by Michael Foley, Owner of FOLEYgallery. THURSDAY @ 7pm FREE with general admission.

Fair Hours:

Wed June 11, 6pm – 9pm
Private Preview Cocktail Reception
Thu June 12, 12pm – 9pm
Fri June 13, 12pm – 8pm
Sat June 14, 12pm – 8pm
Sun June 15, 12pm – 5pm

Please note that there will be no admission to the fair 20 minutes prior to closing.
General Admission $17/day
Students and Seniors $12/day
Group discount rates $10/day
Children under 12 FREE

Father’s Day, Sun, June 15th: Fathers get in free with their children

Venue: The Altman Building/The Metropolitan Pavilion

135 West 18th Street, New York City

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“Critter Fest” Event and Exhibition Opening in New Orleans June 7th

From the website for New Orleans Photo Alliance:


Saturday, June 7, 1-6 pm
1100 block of St. Mary Street in New Orleand
Join the New Orleans Photo Alliance on Saturday, June 7 from 1-6 pm at the 1100 block of St. Mary Street, near the Magazine split for CRITTER FEST!

Bring the whole family, and your four legged friends, to celebrate NOPA’s latest exhibit, Critters, juried by photographer Keith Carter, which opens June 7th and will be on view at the NOPA Gallery, 1111 St. Marys Street, through July 26th.

The celebration will be offer critter ID chipping, dog and cat adoptions, a variety of critter vendors, live music and fun.

Have your pet’s photo taken as well to preserve the day forever.

Entertainment at the event:
· Carl Mack 1pm
· Treme Brass Band 2pm
· David & Roselyn 4pm

And, from the NOPA Blog:

Congratulations to the following artists whose work has selected for the exhibition CRITTERS:

Chris Brown – Caterpillars
Annie Walker – Albino
Rick Lineberger – Pointer
Beverly Coates – Cow Nose
Bill Varccaro – Scottie
Dede Lusk – Sheep Dogs
Hanah Neal – Window Dog
Rene Zietz – Mean Cat
Tami Bone – Birdman
Juliana Hoffpauir – Reddy’s Nose
Michelle Wuttke – Snail
Rene Allie – Rooster
Matthew Benton – Lavender Bee
Warren Harold – Wet Dogs
Ann Texter – Flamingo Dream
Shannon Stoney – Steer
Chricel Portela – Dirty Pig
George Long – Jester
Daniel Smith – Swampadillo
Barbara Gasdaglis – Gals Gossip
Jon Shiu – Speckled Hen
Grissel Giuliano – Chick Study 3
L. Kyle Roberts – Ersy’s Asylum
Jennifer Shaw – Crane Fly in Repose
Wendy Ploger – Hooray for Ernie
Kevin Kline – Roach in Glass # 2
Katharine Farmer – Laughing Shadow
Laura D’Alessandro – Darwin’s Nightmare Critter #1
Thom Bennett- Poet’s Hand
Charles Hedgcock – Long-Legged Black Ant

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Women in Photojournalism Conference: Exhibition Deadline June 23rd

The 19th Annual NPPA Women In Photojournalism‘s Conference is approaching (August 8-10, New Orleans), it features a juried exhibition, still aqnd multimedia critiques, worldshops on lighting and business practices. Professionals and non-professionals are welcome to attend.

The juried exhibition is entitled “FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION” for which the deadline to enter is June 23rd.

Additionally, there will be a hands-on video workshop; registration deadline is JULY 1st.

I have learned so much at these conferences in the past and encourage you to try to attend.

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