Archive for May 20, 2009

June 1st: Deadline for submissions, Photo Review Competition with Juror Aperture publisher Lesley A. Martin

From the website:

“The Photo Review’s is ‘a competition with a difference’ that enables thousands of people across the country to see the accepted work in our 2009 competition issue and on our website. Also, the prize-winning photographers will be chosen for an exhibition at the photography gallery of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. And a major traveling exhibition in 2010 will feature entrants from 25 years of The Photo Review Competition.

Awards include a $500 purchase prize for The Philadelphia Museum of Art, SilverFast HDR Studio digital camera RAW conversion software from LaserSoft Imaging ($499), a $270 gift certificate from Lensbabies for a Composer lens or other items on the Lensbaby.com webstore, a $250 gift certificate from Calumet Photographic, a 24″x50′ roll of Museo Silver Rag ($240 value), a 20″x24″ silver gelatin fiber print from Digital Silver Imaging ($215 value), camera bags from Lowepro, and $250 in cash prizes.

Because their work was seen in The Photo Review, past winners have been given one-person exhibitions, have had their work reproduced in other leading photography magazines, and have sold their work to collectors throughout the country.

An entry fee of $30 for up to three prints or slides, and $5 each for up to two additional prints or slides, entitles all entrants to a copy of the catalogue. In addition, all entrants may subscribe to The Photo Review for $35, a 20% discount.”

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May 22nd: Deadline for “The Art of Photography Show” with juror Charlotte Cotton

The Art of Photography Show

Deadline: May 22nd, 2009

Juror: Charlotte Cotton, Curator and Head of the Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

From the website:

“This is the fifth year of this photographic exhibition. Our mission for this annual project is to create an exceptional presentation of photographic art and a very special cultural offering for the city of San Diego. Our other key goal is to encourage excellence among photographic artists and to provide a great forum for the exhibition and sale their work. We will be pursuing a vigorous marketing and publicity campaign, to bring maximum media attention to the artists who are juried into the exhibition. Our great love of this art form (and being photographic artists ourselves) prompts us to ‘pull out all of the stops’ in order to showcase a truly excellent presentation of photographic art, to elevate and promote this art form, and to provide substantial benefits to the exhibiting artists. “

For submission details click here.

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May 21 at HCP: Four Exhibition Openings and talk by Fellowship winner Natan Dvir

Tomorrow night, there are multiple exhibitions opening at Houston Center for Photography:

INFECTED LANDSCAPE by SHAI KREMER

Shai Kremer´s Infected Landscape depicts Israel´s terrain altered by the destructive nature of long running conflicts as well as by the highly visable Israeli military presence in the country. From the most obvious of physical marks to the most subtle, the photographs describe the history of Israel´s relationship with surrounding territories. Border walls, abandoned aircraft and blast walls painted to imitate the vistas they hide are perhaps the most easily recognizable markings of conflict. Yet, overgrown tank barriers and burned olive groves represent the long history of conflict. The exhibition is accompanied by the monograph Infected Landscape (2008, Dewi Lewis Publishing). Kremer is based in New York and Tel Aviv and has had solo exhibitions in the USA, China, and Europe. He was a finalist for the 2007 Aperture Prize and the 2007 HSBC Award, and a runner-up in the 2007 Aperture Portfolio Prize.

2009 Fellowship Exhibitions:  Juror´s remarks, Thursday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m.Opening reception at HCP, Thursday, May 21 from 6-8 p.m.
Juror´s remarks, Thursday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m.

ON JOY, ON SORROW by PRINCE V. THOMAS (artists talk June 11 at 5:30)

SHELTER by NATAN DVIR (artists talk May 21 at 5:30) Opening reception at HCP, Thursday, May 21 from 6-8 p.m.

This year´s fellowship juror Natasha Egan, Associate Director and Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College in Chicago, selected Prince V. Thomas for the Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship.

“Media artist Prince Varughese Thomas is a naturalized Indian-American citizen born in Kuwait and raised primarily between India and the United States. Utilizing photography, video and installation, and influenced by his personal observations, Thomas´ artwork poetically questions sensitive global issues. Earlier works have focused on such topics as patriotism and warfare and the countless lives that have been taken in the War on Terror. Working in collaboration with composer Joel Love and inspired by the quote “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked” from the poetry of Kahlil Gibran, Thomas attempts to abstractly convey the inter-dependent relationship between the emotions of joy and sorrow. On Joy, On Sorrow is a two channel video projecting abstracted fluids on opposing walls. One water-like fluid rhythmically falls like rain while the other blood-like reacts like two slow motion flickering candle flames. They are reminiscent of Bill Viola´s videos with fire and water but without the human form. One screen is seems to initially evoke joy and then moves into sorrow; while the other begins more sorrowfully and moves towards joy, though the ambiguity of the piece leaves this interpretation open.

“Thomas received his BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington, and his MFA in Photography from the University of Houston. He has exhibited widely at such institutions as The Alternative Museum, New York; Center for the Visual Arts, Toledo; Contemporary, Atlanta; Gallery of the National Library of Argentina; New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Queens Museum, New York, and the Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City. His work is held in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Thomas is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.” – N. Egan
Artist Talk at HCP, Thursday, May 21 starting at 5:30 p.m.

This year´s fellowship juror Natasha Egan, Associate Director and Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College in Chicago, selected Israeli photojournalist Natan Dvir for the HCP Fellowship.

“According to the American Refugee committee, in 2008 there was an estimated 67 million people in need of international protection, 16 million refugees and asylum seekers and 51 internally displaced people, forced by conflict or natural disaster to flee their homes. Following the stories of individual refugees whose lives have been turned upside down, Israeli photographer Natan Dvir exposes this crisis to the international community. Shelter is an ongoing project focused particularly on the thousands of refugees from Sudan that have fled to Israel—a country with no policies in place to cope with the influx; and Colombia, where three million people have been uprooted by conflict but denied refugee status by their president. In the coming years Dvir plans to examine the massive flow of East African refugees into Tanzania as well as the natural disaster refugee population of China. Dvir´s pictures are as raw as they are beautiful.

“Dvir received his MBA from Tel Aviv University in 1998, but decided to become a documentary photographer. He began photographing for a number of Israeli publications and today his work has appeared in such publications as Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Le Monde, Stern, Die Zeit, among many others. He has exhibited in Israeli, Europe, South America and the Untied States and his work is held in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Tel Aviv Museum; Ben-Uri Gallery, the London Jewish Museum of Art; Nahum Gutman Museum, Tel Aviv, and private collections. Dvir currently lives in New York.” – N. Egan

In addition, there will be an exhibition of the artists who received Honorable Mention from this year’s juror Natasha Egan, Associate Director and Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College in Chicago.

PICTURE THIS!

Since 2002, HCP has hosted this eight-week program at The Children´s Cancer Hospital at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. To ensure children are given the tools and resources they need in order to continue without interruption during treatment, M.D. Anderson with H.I.S.D provides academic services for patients in grades K-12. PictureThis! is an essential part of this pediatric education program. Reaching patients grades K-8 as part of the art curriculum, the activities taught by HCP meet the requirements of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), and go beyond basic art education to provide the children with a form of art therapy that helps them cope with their illness and bring cheer into their day. In addition the vital role PictureThis! plays in the art curriculum at The Children´s Cancer Hospital, HCP hosts a one-day workshop each summer at M.D. Anderson´s Camp A.O.K. (Anderson´s Older Kids), a summer camp for teenage patients in Magnolia, Texas.

PictureThis! also touches the lives of patients at Texas Children´s Hospital as part of their Arts In Medicine program. HCP outreach educators work with in-patient and out-patient children on short-term projects, often incorporating family members in the creative process. Most projects employ digital photography. The program at Texas Children´s Hospital is funded in part by the Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer.

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