Archive for June, 2009

Summer/Fall exhibitions, events and more in New Mexico:

LAND/ART Art-Nature-Community

Land/Art is “a collaborative exploration of land-based art in New Mexico”

THIS is an amazing event, launching this month and running throughout the fall.  If you anywhere near these venues, take it all in.   Events kick off with the June 27 & 28 symposium

See the website for all related exhibitions, tours of commissioned pieces, participants and more.

From the site:

LAND/ART Symposium Weekend
June 27 – 28, 2009

The LAND/ART Symposium Weekend will take place around the opening of
Experimental Geography
at the Albuquerque Museum, and include a series
of artist talks, discussions, excursions and tours

For details Download press release

Sponsoring organizations/venues include:

RELATED BOOKS to be produced by Radius Books in Santa Fe:

LAND/ART New Mexico
Culminating book
Due out December 2009

The culminating LAND/ART book, titled “LAND/ART New Mexico”, will feature documentation of projects and exhibitions as well as an introduction by Bill Gilbert and Kathleen Shields and essays by Lucy Lippard, William L. Fox, Nancy Marie Mithlo and MaLin Wilson-Powell. The book will be published by Radius Books in partnership with 516 ARTS, the Albuquerque Museum and the University of New Mexico Art Museum. It will be available at bookstores and participating venues starting December 2009.

Bill Gilbert, Lannan Chair in Land Arts of the American West in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of New Mexico, provides an introduction to Land Art, addressing the history of the genre and the ways in which it has expanded since the term was coined in the mid-1970s. The introduction is co-authored by Kathleen Shields, an independent arts writer and curator.

MaLin Wilson-Powell, a curator, art critic and educator, provides an overview of the projects and exhibitions in LAND/ART, placing them in the context of art history and the history of the genre.

William L. Fox, director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, writes on “Art of the Anthropocene.” He explores ways in which the history of land in art has evolved in tandem with how science has sought to provide a picture of the world. Among other themes, he discusses how nascent environmental sciences in the early to mid-twentieth century informed artists from Grant Wood to Georgia O’Keeffe, and how an environmental ethics of “leave no trace” may be seen to parallel contemporary art practices of performance and installation.

Nancy Marie Mithlo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explores artistic production as a means of overcoming social irresponsibility, looking at how certain identities are privileged, and discussing what Native actors/image makers do with these monopolized images as they relate to the concerns of the environment.

Lucy Lippard, internationally known writer, activist and curator, writes on the question “What does land art mean in contemporary culture?” with a special focus on New Mexico.

Grasslands / Separating Species

Exhibition catalog
Due out September 2009

The catalog for Grasslands / Separating Species will be published by Radius Books in conjunction with the exhibition at 516 ARTS (October 3 – December 12, 2009). It will not simply document the two-part exhibition, rather, it will be a unique art book featuring the work of photographers: Michael P. Berman, Krista Elrick, Dana Fritz, David J. Taylor and Jo Whaley. Essays will be featured by William deBuys, a renowned writer and conservationist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work for the Nature Conservancy and for the Conservation Fund in North Carolina, Arizona and New Mexico has led to the permanent protection of public and private lands totaling over 150,000 acres. A recipient of a 2008-09 Guggenheim Memorial Foundation grant in the Creative Arts for Nonfiction, deBuys will be writing about Michael P. Berman’s explorations of the Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands on both sides of the US/Mexico border. A resident of southern New Mexico, Berman has spent nearly thirty years photographing the arid border regions of the American Southwest. Like deBuys, he also received a 2008-09 Guggenheim Memorial Foundation grant in the Creative Arts for Photography. Mary Anne Redding, curator of Grasslands / Separating Species, will also contribute an essay for the catalog that will focus on the artists in Separating Species. Redding is the Curator of Photography at the Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe. She recently curated Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe on view at the Palace of the Governors through October 25, 2009 and edited a companion book published by the MNM Press, February 2009. Redding’s essay will explore what happens when “there is no one left to cry for the rain.”

For more information on Radius Books visit

image: Krista Elrick, Snow Geese Panorama I, photograph

smudge studio: Limit Case postcards
Artist edition of 30 cards
Available now

Support LAND/ART and receive smudge studio’s artist edition of 30 postcards depicting Limit Case” landscapes and land uses encountered on their recent journey in the Southwest. To view the postcards and order your set of 30 for a tax deductible donation of $20, please visit

For more information about smudge studio visit

Land Arts of the America West
by Chris Taylor and Bill Gilbert, University of Texas Press
Available now. $60.

“Land Arts of the American West” documents the development of the program started by Bill Gilbert at the University of New Mexico in 2000.
The book is structured around discussions between Co-Directors Bill Gilbert and Chris Taylor and writer Bill Fox probing the philosophical and logistical underpinnings of the program and includes interviews with guest artists Matt Coolidge, Mary Lewis Garcia, Hector Gallegos and Graciela Martinez, essays by guest scholars Jerry Brody, Bill Fox, Lucy Lippard and Ann Reynolds, site descriptions by Amanda Douberly and selections of student work and journal entries.

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June 24th: ASMP-NY: “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” A survey of print-on-demand options

An informative evening ahead, open to students and non-members:

ASMP-NY: Print On Demand Book Publishers

From the website:

Print on demand publishing has become more and more popular. Professional photographers and hobbyist are now able to order single press-printed hardcover and softcover books and magazines online and at relatively low cost. People are always asking: “who’s the best?”

It would be cost prohibitive for most photographers to do this kind of test for themselves, or at least it wouldn’t make sense when the finished product is only one or a handful of books, so we found 18 different printers throughout the spectrum and did a blind test. The printers didn’t know (and most of them still don’t know) that this book was a test for ASMP-NY.

We’ve taken 17 images plus some color and grayscale patterns and had them printed by 18 different POD printers. Come and judge for yourself which ones are the best. Compare images between books and Epson test prints. Decide which printers offer the best value for you. See the images, feel the paper and inspect the bindings and covers.

Where: Studio 385 – 385 Broadway (between White and Walker Streets), New York

When: Wednesday, June 24th
Doors: 6:30 PM
Event: 7:00 PM

ASMP members: FREE
non-ASMP members: $30
students with I.D.: $10

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June 18 -July 10 – Atlanta Celebrates Photography 11 Portfolio Review Registration

From the announcement:

Atlanta Celebrates Photography 11 Portfolio Review will be held on Saturday, October 10th.

Registrations for the Portfolio Review are juried, and attendees will need to submit 3-5 jpgs with a brief artist’s statement for consideration. Registration will remain open until 11:59PM EST on July 10th, and successful registrants will be notified by July 17th. Once accepted, the registration fee is $250.As of June 15th, here are our confirmed reviewers. (Six more reviewers will be announced on ACP Now! by the end of the month):

Andy Adams - Writer and Editor, Flak Photo
Julian Cox - Head Curator of Photography, High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Sylvie Fortin - Editor, Art Papers Magazine, Atlanta
Hanna Frieser - Director, Light Work, Syracuse, NY
Stuart Horodner - Curator, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta
Jason Houston - Photo Editor, Orion Magazine
Michele Mosko - Owner, Michele Mosko Fine Art, Denver, CO
Susan Todd-Raque - Independent Curator, Educator and Dealer, Atlanta
Anna Walker-Skillman - Owner, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta
Sasha Wolf - Owner, Sasha Wolf Gallery, New York, NY

52 artists will be accepted for the Portfolio Review, and each artist will receive four 20 minute, face to face reviews. Review participants may select their choice of reviewers, and ACP will make every effort to meet requests through a computerized matching system.

We’re looking forward to hosting our panel of reviewers and artists from across the country once again at the Grady High School campus.

TheACP 11 Portfolio Review is a great way to connect and make contacts with reviewers and fellow artists alike. We hope to see you in October!Register for the ACP 11 Portfolio Review today! Remember, registration closes July 10th.
**** Also note that it is concurrent with the SPE SouthEast Regional Conference in Atlanta. For details clikc here.

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June 24th: Early-Bird Deadline, En Foco’s “People/Places/Things” Juried Exhibition

En Foco | People / Places / Things
People/Places/Things: an International Photography Competition
Celebrating En Foco’s 35th Anniversary
En Foco, Inc and Canson Infinity invite fine art and documentary photographers of any nationality or ethnicity to submit work to People/Places/Things, an international competition celebrating En Foco’s 35th Anniversary.

Our aim is to identify and promote talented emerging and mid-career artists working today, creating cross-cultural dialogue, and providing artists with exposure and access to those that may be able to envision opportunities beyond the scope of this competition. All photo-based works are eligible.


An additional $10 per category submission will apply for an extended deadline of July 1, 2009.

FEE: $45, payable by credit card during the online entry process at
All entrants receive an En Foco Membership (or extension), and a Canson Infinity Discovery Pack.
JURORS: • Darren Ching, PDN and KlompChing Gallery
• Hossein Farmani, Farmani Gallery
• Danielle Jackson, Magnum Photos
• Cat Jimenez, Lucie Foundation
• Debra Klomp Ching, KlompChing Gallery
• Edwin Ramoran, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art
• Mark Sealy, Autograph: ABP
• Elizabeth Shank, Bruce Silverstein Gallery

All submissions will be pre-reviewed by a Committee comprised of En Foco Curators and Advisors; then our eight distinguished jurors will review the top 40 in each category, and the finalists selected.

HOW TO SUBMIT: ONLINE at, a secure web-based service. Create your FREE profile, and use their easy to follow tutorials for upload.

• People
• Places
• Things

Submit five images that convey a story around the particular theme you are applying to. The category is open to your creative interpretation. One winner will be chosen for each of the three categories, plus 12 honorable mentions (four in each category).

REQUIREMENTS: • Register at, and follow the directions for sizing and uploading your images.

• $45 entry fee, payable by credit card during the online entry process. Entry fee includes a one-year En Foco Membership or extension (a $50 value).

• Submit 5 tightly edited images from the same series, to one Category (either People, Places, or Things). Each image should have its full title/caption information (title, series title, year taken, medium and size).

• Resume/CV should be pasted into your application where prompted.

• Artist Statement of up to 350 words.

• Artists may submit to additional categories, with a separate portfolio and entry fee for each if desired. An entry fee is required each submission, and you will need to return to CaFE Registration to start a new profile.

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June 25th: Deadline Rayko Photo Center “It’s Still Life” Juried Exhibition

Rayko Photo Center- “It’s Still Life”

National juried exhibition of still life work

Deadline: June 25th

From the calls for entry webpage:

“The competition is open to artists photographing inanimate objects and interior spaces. Subject matter can be anything as commonplace as a pear (and man, are there some amazing pear pictures out there!) or as strange as a dead animal, perhaps too literal. Subjects may be either natural:  food, flowers, plants, rocks, shells, hair clippings, and so on.  They can also be man-made: books, toys, glasses, vases, fishing lures, etc. Settings may be artificial/set-up or simply found and perfect. There’s a lot left up to interpretation…as well as artistic freedom!”

For details click here.

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June 23-28: One-Week Intesive Workshop with Jason Houston

Orion Magazine Picture Editor and documentary photographer Jason Houston will be teaching a photography workshop entitled “DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING: FARMS” June 23 – June 28 at IS 183, Art School of the Berkshires.

As well as being Orion’s picture editor Jason has been a documentary photographer for editorial and nonprofit/NGO clients around the world.

From the website:
Spend the week photographing the diverse, important, and picturesque small farms and local food of the Berkshires. This week-long intensive will focus on documentary storytelling and using artful photography to explore real world issues.

Where: Is83 Art School in the Berkshires

When: June 23 – June 28, 2009

For details click here.

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For those 24 and under: Ian Parry Scholarship, deadline June 24th

From Daryl Lang on the PDN Pulse blog:

Ian Parry Scholarship Deadline Coming Up

Students and photographers age 24 and under are eligible to apply to the Ian Parry Scholarship, which awards £3,000 to support a photo assignment. The deadline to enter is June 24.

Here’s the full announcement from the Ian Parry Scholarship:

The Ian Parry Scholarship 2009 deadline is Wednesday 24th June 2009.

All applications must be digital. The FTP instructions and application form will be available from

Ian Parry was a photojournalist who died whilst on assignment for the Sunday Times during the Romanian revolution in 1989. He was just 24 years old. The Scholarship was set up by Ian’s friends and family in order to build something positive from such a tragic death.

Each year we hold a competition for photographers who are either attending a full-time recognized photography course or who are 24 years old and under.

Entrants must submit:

- A digital portfolio of 12 images to our FTP, following our guidelines
– An application form
– A brief synopsis of a project they would undertake if they won the award

The prize is £3,000 towards an assignment and £500 to those awarded highly commended and commended.

Our 2009 jury is so far confirmed as: Don McCullin Patron, Tom Stoddart Trustee, Eugene Richards and Ian’s family.

Judging will be held on the 3rd July at the Frontline Club in London

As you can imagine this is a significant prize for a photographer and coupled with the continued support of The Sunday Times Magazine, which publishes the winner’s work, the scholarship provides an excellent launch into a professional photography career. Year after year, the award has highlighted the work of some of the industry’s finest emerging talent, all of whom have progressed into professional careers and still support the award.

We are delighted to announce that World Press Photo have again agreed to automatically accept the winner onto their final list of nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. This is because of so many of our previous winners having attended this prestigious event in recent years.

Once again, our extremely popular and well-attended print exhibition will take place in London at the Getty Images Gallery. The exhibition will run for one week from the 5th August 2009.

Our key sponsors are The Sunday Times, Getty Images and Canon. Our thanks to all our other sponsors and the Frontline Club, British Journal of Photography and the Getty Gallery for their generous support.

2008 Winner and Finalists:

Winner: Vicente Jaime Villafranca
Highly Commended: Giovanni Cipriano
Commended: Matt Eich
Commended: Gratiane de Moustier


Highly Commended: Liz Rubincam
Commended: Gareth Phillips
Commended: Liz Hingley
Honourable Mention: Dominic Nahr

2006 Winner: Irina Werning

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June 16, NYC: Lyle Rexer lecture and book signing at Aperture

from the Aperture event webpage:

“Abstraction in Photography, Lyle Rexer
Lecture and Book Signing

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
6:30 pm


Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555

Join author Lyle Rexer as he discusses the role of abstraction through the history of photography, as discussed in his new Aperture publication The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (2009). From the beginning, abstraction has been intrinsic to photography, and its persistent popularity reveals much about the medium. The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography is the first book in English to document this phenomenon and to put it into historical context, while also examining the diverse approaches thriving within contemporary photography.

Lyle Rexer is a New York—based independent writer and critic. His previous books include Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde (2002) and How to Look at Outsider Art (2005); he contributed an interview with Chuck Close and Bob Holman to A Couple of Ways of Doing Something (Aperture, 2006).”

The  exhibition The Edge of Vision is on view at the Aperture Gallery through July 9th.

From the Aperture Blog EXPOSURES:

“Coinciding with the exhibition now on view at Aperture Gallery, The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography, a series of interviews will be posted every Thursday on the Aperture blog for the duration of the show. For the premiere, watch a video clip of curator Lyle Rexer speaking about how the project came about and explaining his curatorial choices. The exhibition gathers the work of nineteen international contemporary photographers who base their practice in some form of abstraction from highly conceptual to more documentary approaches.  Rexer also explains his ground breaking photography exhibition encourages the viewer not to look at the photograph as a window but rather “to understand the relationship between the image and the surface.  The second video clip presents artist Charles Lindsay included in the show, speaking about how he started working with his unique carbon emulsion process, his inspirations and the combination of his photographic, video and sound works.  Upcoming video clips include artists Bill Armstrong, Carel Balth, Ellen Carey, Manuel Geerinck, Barbara Kasten, Seth Lambert, Jack Sal, Penelope Umbrico, Silvio Wolf.”

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June 13: Gallery Course at The Getty Museum, “Paul Outerbridge: An American Modernist”

There is an expansive exhibition of over 100 photographs by PAUL OUTERBRIDGE (1896-1958) on view through August 9th at The Getty Museum in Los Angeles.  In conjunction with this show, on June 13th the education department is offering a special two-hour course with independent curator Graham Howe as well as a public gallery talk with Reece Vogel.

from the “Command Performance” exhibiton events webpage:

Paul Outerbridge: An American Photo Modernist
Join independent scholar Graham Howe and learn about the photographs of Paul Outerbridge, one of America’s earliest modern masters and a pioneer in the art of color photography.

Participants are invited to join in a complimentary gallery discussion of Outerbridge’s work with photographer Reece Vogel at 2:30 p.m.

Course fee $20.

Saturday, June 13, 2009, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall

To learn more about the accompanying exhibition catalogue, click here.

Don’t miss this addition exhibition continuing at The Getty through August 9th:

Jo Ann CallisWoman Twirling”

To learn more about the accompanying exhibition catalogue, click here.

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June 13: FotoFest 2010 Meeting Place Q&A at the Houston Center for Photography

FotoFest 2010 -Meeting Place Q & A at the Houston Center for Photography

Those of you within driving distance of HCP – how lucky for you to be able to attend this important informative session about THE MEETING PLACE that will be held during the FotoFest 2010 Biennial!

Registration for The Meeting Place is open through July 13th; when you register you will be asked to select which of the four 4-day review sessions you prefer to attend, and an alternative.  The lottery to select participants will begin on July 14th

From the HCP event webpage:

Saturday June 13, 2009, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

“Come learn how you can participate in next year’s FotoFest Meeting Place. FotoFest Meeting Place directors, Marta Sánchez Philippe and Sarah Craig, and Exhibition Coordinator Jennifer Ward will provide a crash-course in preparing for “The Meeting Place” upcoming portfolio review during FotoFest 2010.

Learn how to apply, what you need to bring, who you want to see, and how to present your work in the best possible way, in this hour-long discussion.

Participants are encouraged to come with specific questions and a review-ready portfolio for advice on presentation (content will not be discussed).”

For details on this event at HCP click here.

And, to read my recent post about the value of attending portfolio reviews, click here.

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