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To my readers:

I am pleased to tell you that I have merged my blog into my updated website. On my new homepage you will see the three most recent blog posts, as well as being able to navigate through the blog categories directly at any time.   You will also easily find “PLANNING AHEAD: Industry Events of Note” as its own category, as well as my event calendar “MVS ON THE ROAD” prominently featured on the new website.  Click here now:

www.mvswanson.com

I’m sure you will find the new combined blog AND website an even greater resource!

Thanks so much for visiting the past five years, and hope you will bookmark my new website.

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November 5/6/7: NY Art Book Fair at PS1

One of my favorite fairs of the year, without question!  From the website:

Printed Matter presents the fifth annual NY Art Book Fair, November 5–7 at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens.

Free and open to the public, the Fair hosts over 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and publishers from twenty countries, offering the best in contemporary art book publishing.

Philip Aarons, Chairman of the Board of Printed Matter, said: “The NY Art Book Fair is the premiere venue to find what’s new in art publishing. While it has spawned the next generation of independent art book fairs world-wide, it remains the biggest, the best, and by far the most fun.”

The NY Art Book Fair includes special project rooms, screenings, book signings, and performances, throughout the weekend.

Other events include the third annual Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference, and The Classroom, a curated series of informal conversations between artists, together with readings, workshops and other artist-led events.”

NOT TO BE MISSED!!

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November 3 in NYC: Discussion with Fine Art Bloggers sponsored by ASMP NY

from ASMP NY‘s Susan May Tell on a great event on Wednesday night in NYC:
“ASMPNY’s Fine Art Conversations Series – Panel with Influential Fine Art Photography Bloggers!

Do you want your photography blogged about by influential Fine Art Photography Bloggers? Then this event is for you!

When:    November 3, 2010
Where:   Soho Photo 15 White Street
Time:    Doors and registration open 6:30pm

Panel Discussion 7-9:00pm

Fine art photography blogs have changed the landscape for sharing and reviewing work. Blogs are more personal and idiosyncratic while attracting a wide audience, and doing so more quickly and inexpensively.  Photographers no longer have to wait for a review of a bricks-and-mortar exhibition by a very small group of print publications. The objective of this night is to inform photographers about fine art photography blogging:
-how the blog came into being
-how the blog differs from photography covered in a print edition (if there is one)
-what bloggers like (or don’t) about blogging
-advantages and disadvantages about blogging
-who is the audience for the blog
-how work is chosen for the blog
-how bloggers like (or don’t) to be contacted by photographers, agents or galleries
-how blogging has impacted fine art photography (or not)
Panelists: read their full bios here
- ELIZABETH AVEDON – has received recognition for her curatorial work, exhibition design and publishing projects, and worked with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Random House, and was the Gallery Director for Photo-Eye Gallery
- A. D. COLEMAN – the first photography critic for the NY Times, first Art Critic’s Fellowship from the NEA, and named one of The Top 100 People in Photography by American Photo Magazine
- STELLA KRAMER – two-time Pulitzer Prize winner while at the NY Times and also the recipient of the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography
- RUBEN NATAL-SAN MIGUEL – art collector, curator and photographer involved with many art, not-for-profit, organizations like ACRIA, Printed Matter, Aperture Foundation, AIDS Chicago, and the Humble Arts Foundation

Moderated by ASMPNY’s Fine Art Chair Susan May Tell

Member:          Free
Non-member:   $25
Student*:          $5
*May be asked to show student id

Limited seating available – so please reserve your space early
Feel free to email Susan May Tell, if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you!”

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Winners announced: Lens Culture International Exposure Awards

The winners have been announced!  I was pleased to have been a part of the jury team for this competition, reviewing all the work submitted.  Along with my fellow judges, results were compiled by Jim Casper at Lens Culture and the winners are as follows.  From the Lens Culture website:

“We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the 2010 Lens Culture International Exposure Awards. For the judges, the process of looking critically at almost 6,500 photographs submitted by photographers from 47 countries was at once daunting and exhilarating.

The range of work is remarkable. It varies richly in subject matter, genre, and styles of technological and artistic approaches. Perhaps what was most pleasantly surprising about reviewing all of these photographs, for me, was the chance to discover so many multifaceted and unusual ways that people are using photography to tell an important story, or to explore an emotion, take a wild flight of imagination, dig a bit deeper into a psychological puzzle, capture a moment or an age or a culture, or to play with an idea.

All of the jurors were eager to see what “bubbled to the top” through the democratic judging process. Indeed, it is an eclectic mix, and a pleasure to discover the kinds of things that captivated each of us. We hope you will enjoy the winning portfolios and single photographs as they are revealed over the next weeks here in Lens Culture. Starting in early 2011, these award-winning works will comprise group exhibitions at galleries in Paris, San Francisco and New York.

The top award winners for 2010 are:

Portfolio Category

Grand Prize: Jessica Hines:  My Brother’s War
2nd Prize: Carolle Benitah: Photo Souveniers
3rd Prize: Louisa Marie Summer: Jennifer

Single Image Category

Grand Prize: Martine Fougeron
2nd Prize: Albertina d’Urso
3rd Prize: Anne Berry

Honorable Mention Awards (in alphabetical order):

Susan Bank
David Carol
Ellie Davies
Frank Day
Bruno De Cock
Margaret de Lange
Dan Dubowitz
Joachim Froese
Julia Fullerton-Batten
Kevin Greenblat
Daisuke Ito
Mary Shannon Johnstone
David Lazar
Sebastian Liste
Adam Magyar
Rania Matar
Justin Maxon
Bill McCullough
Marcia Michael
Julian Rder
David Rochkind
Evzen Sobek
Miki Soejima
Ian Teh
Jan von Holleben

Congratulations to all of these winners, and our sincere gratitude to everyone who shared their work with us in this year’s competition.

Be sure to check back here to view work from each of these winners over the coming weeks.”

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November 7th Fotoweek DC Portfolio Reviews: Registration open!

Within the FOTOWEEK DC FESTIVAL there is a one-day portfolio review event that has a fine roster of Reviewers, offers a discounted rate for students, and will work closely with you to confirm to top picks within days of registering.  If interested, don’t hesitate as this will sell out!

Come early/stay late as the programing this year is super – many exhibitions, lectures, a one-day workshop with Brian Storm of Media Storm, displays of contemporary photobooks by publisher, as well as the amazing Indie Photobook Library, and more.  My co-author Darius Himes and I are proud to be a part of the programming, speaking at the Corcoran on the day after the reviews, Monday, November 8th at noon at the Corcoran: “To Be Published or Self-Publish?”

To start the portfolio review registration process, click here.

See you there!

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Thursday, October 14th in NYC: Gallery Night on 57th Street

Nailya Alexander sent me notice that on Thursday night, October 14th, 47 galleries between Lexington Avenue and 8th Avenue in New York City will be open from 5-8 pm.

Nailya’s exhibition Contemplating Landscape is on view through October 30th at 41 East 57th Street, suite 704 – many of you know this address as the beautiful Fuller Building, erected in 1929  (other galleries to see in this building include Howard Greenberg, Bonni Benrubi and Amador Gallery, among others, with PaceMacGill virtually across the street).

“For more information call 212/888-3550 or email gallerynighton57street@gmail.com.”

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October 10th: “Questions without Answers” A Conversation with VII at CPW

SPECIAL EVENT:

Questions Without Answers”  A public symposium with the members of Agency VII

Sunday, October 10th 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Center for Photography at Woodstock.

CPW invites you to join us on Sunday October 10, 2010 at 1pm for a very special public symposium entitled Questions Without Answers, a unique discussion with the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s 2010 Vision Award honorees, the photo agency VII.

Questions Without Answers will be a lively exchange between photographers who are committed to documenting conflict – environmental, social, political, violent and non-violent – to produce, as VII’s mission declares, an “unflinching record” of the events that define our time.  The conversation, moderated by renowned collector, curator, and educator W.M. Hunt will  include founding members Ron Haviv and Gary Knight, along with Stephanie Sinclair, and Scott Thodeeditor of VII The Magazine the agency’s newest initiative.

Time will be allotted for audience questions, and CPW encourages you to participate in what will be an important discussion about the changing landscape of photojournalism and an examination through the lens of a world that has dramatically changed in the past decade this agency has existed.

The panel discussion will be presented in conjunction with CPW’s 2010 Benefit Gala where VII will be presented with the 2010 Vision Award for Leadership in the Field of Photography.

Additionally on view in CPW’s galleries will be the exhibition Questions Without Answers: A Photographic Prism, 1985-2010, Photographs by VII, on view at CPW from October 7-31. Organized by Tufts University and curated by Amy Schlegel, director of the Tufts University Art Gallery, this exhibition presents photographs from the depicting defining events of the post-Cold War period and their aftermaths, from the Fall of the Berlin Wall and September 11, 2001, to Iraq and Afghanistan, The Balkans and Congo, Chechnya and Gaza, among others. 

About the Participants:
Gary Knight began his photojournalism career in Southeast Asia during the late 1980s and early 1990s, documenting internecine warfare in the region.  Knight went on to Yugoslavia, chronicling the effects of war on civilian populations.  After co-founding VII in 2001, he covered the events in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.  Knight has exhibited globally, and is the recipient of numerous awards. He is also a founder of the Angkor Photo Festival, a board member of the Crimes of War Foundation, permanent member of the Frontline Club Award jury and a contract photographer forNewsweek Magazine.  Knight is a 2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Ron Haviv has produced award winning images of conflict and humanitarian crises around the world since the end of the Cold War.  His work has been featured at the Louvre, United Nations, and the council on Foreign Relations.  A co-founder of VII, his work has been published in magazines around the world.  Haviv has published two critically acclaimed books of his photography Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal and Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul.

Stephanie Sinclair is an award winning photojournalist known for gaining unique access to sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world. She has covered the failure of the death penalty in Illinois and the war in Iraq for the Chicago Tribune, and has worked as a freelance photographer covering topics such as the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon, child marriage, and polygamy in America. Sinclair became a full member of VII in 2009. She contributes regularly to National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, and Newsweek, among other notable publications.

In spring 2010, Scott Thode became the first editor of VII the Magazine, an innovative online project that will give readers unprecedented intimate access and insight to the work of the 29 photojournalists who make up the photo agency VII. Previously Thode was the Deputy Picture Editor at Fortune Magazine. As a photographer Scott was the recipient of numerous photography awards and his work has been exhibited at the Bienalle Internazionale di Fotografia in Turin, Italy, Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignon, France and The Colonnade Gallery in Washington, D.C. He teaches at the International Center for Photography and regularly participates in photo symposia, workshops and has served as a judge for numerous Photography Awards. In 2011 Scott will co-curate the LOOK3 Photo Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia with Kathy Ryan.

To learn more about the photo agency VII, visit their website, www.viiphoto.com

About the Moderator:
W.M. - Bill - Hunt is a well-known collector, curator and consultant, as well dealer and educator. 
A book on his collection The Unseen Eye will be published by Thames & Hudson next fall. Hunt
is on the boards of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and the Center for Photography at
Woodstock, which awarded him the Vision Award for Leadership in 2009.

Founded on September 9, 2001 VII (which derives its name from the number of founding photo-journalists who formed this collectively owned agency) was designed from the outset to be an efficient, technologically enabled distribution hub for some of the world's finest photojournalism.
VII has been responsible for creating and relaying to the world many of the images that define the turbulent opening years of the 21st century.

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September 29th in Phoenix: “20/20: Two Photography Dealer’s Visions” Lisa Sette and Terry Etherton

DISCUSSION at the Phoenix Art Museum:

20/20: Two Photography Dealers’ Visions

September 29, 7pm, Phoenix Art Museum
Lisa Sette and Terry Etherton – two internationally known photography dealers based in Arizona for over 20 years – engage in a lively discussion about how their passion for photography led them to opening and sustaining galleries, their favorite photographs, the photography market then and now, the art-fair experience from the dealer’s point of view, and advice for building a collection.

Presented by the Museum’s In Focus group

This lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition “CREATIVE CONTINUUM: The History of the Center for Creative Photography”

From the webpage for the exhibition:

“The year was 1975. Gerald R. Ford was president, a little company named Microsoft was founded, A Chorus Line opened on Broadway and Jaws was making a big splash in movie theaters. And in Tucson, a lifelong dream was realized.

Founded by legendary photographer Ansel Adams and then University of Arizona President John P. Schaefer, The Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona was the vision of two men who wanted to create an institution dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and managing all materials that are essential to understanding photography and its history. Today, 35 years later, the Center has acquired more archives and individual works by 20th century North American photographers than any other museum in the nation.

Creative Continuum charts the Center’s dynamic evolution, beginning with the inaugural exhibition of works by Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Frederick Sommer through today’s contemporary artists that are reinventing the medium. This special look at the Center’s history is an exciting and engaging “who’s who” of American photography and features works by Richard Avedon, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Louis Carlos Bernal, Tseng Kwong Chi, Imogen Cunningham, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Roy DeCarava, Andy Warhol and Edward Weston.

In addition to nearly ninety photographs, Creative Continuum also includes a sampling from the Center’s Voices of Photography video oral history project, rare archival objects from the vault and examples of past exhibition catalogues.”

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Minneapolis: Alec Soth exhibition opens September 12th with film, artist’s talk, remains on view through January 2, 2011 at the Walker Art Center

How exciting for Alec to have a major exhibition at one of our finest home town museums. I can’t wait to see him and this show this weekend!

SUNDAY, September 12th is a great day to be in Minneapolis, if you can.

Click here to read an interview on the Walker Art Center blog:  “Dismantling My Career: A Conversation with Alec Soth and Bartholomew Ryan”

Click here to view Alec’s blog and read his comments anticipating and installing the exhibition.

Click here to learn about and buy the exhibition catalogue “From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America”

Summary

Read the WAC Press Release (note the Flickr Pool project, and dial-in audio tour with the artist, AND the well deserved credit to CURATOR):

“Alec Soth’s Photographs Form an Offbeat Portrait of the American Experience
Artist’s First Major Survey Exhibition Premieres at Walker Art Center September 12-January 2

Within the wanderlust embodied in Alec Soth’s photographs is an impulse to uncover narratives that comprise the American experience. From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America, organized by the Walker Art Center and premiering in Minneapolis September 12, 2010–January 2, 2011, is the first major U.S. survey to explore the past 15 years of work by one of the most compelling voices in contemporary photography. While Soth’s practice has taken him throughout the world, from Paris to London to Bogota to the Republic of Georgia, the Walker exhibition focuses specifically on his pictures made in the United States. Featuring over 100 photographs, the presentation includes early black-and-white images of Minneapolis working-class taverns, as well as examples from his well-known series Sleeping by the Mississippi, NIAGARA, Fashion Magazine, and The Last Days of W.Also debuting in the exhibition is a major new series, Broken Manual, as well as other bodies of work not exhibited until now.

Soth will discuss his work and the world of contemporary photography with George Slade, curator at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University and former artistic director at the Minnesota Center for Photography, at an Opening-Day Talk on Sunday, September 12 at 2p.m.. A complete listing of related programs follows.

Soth’s working process is firmly situated in a tradition established by such photographers as Robert Frank, Stephen Shore, William Eggleston, and Joel Sternfeld, whose work has at its heart the American road and whose images persistently capture average individuals and everyday settings. Soth’s is a distinct perspective, however, one in which the act of wandering, the method of embracing serendipity when seeking out his subjects, and the process of telling are as resonant as the photographic record of his remarkable encounters. When considered together, these pictures probe the idiosyncrasies of people, objects, and places he discovers on his journeys, and form an offbeat and absorbing portrait of the American experience.

Soth’s method of engaging his subjects, he has said, is like “web surfing in the real world,” following leads with the fervor of a detective, and allowing each encounter with a place or individual to segue to the next through a kind of free-associative research. As the journeys unfold, he delves deeper into stories real and imagined. Though rich in detail and often exquisitely composed, his works evidence careful restraint; it is often what is not revealed which most piques our imagination. Working primarily with a cumbersome 8×10 field camera, which elicits remarkable detail and color, he must spend considerable time setting up his shots, often leaving his portrait subjects relaxed and lost in their own thoughts rather than performing for his lens. As a result, the artist’s distanced and sympathetic stance captures these individuals as they are—ordinary people living their lives in the places where he has met them.

Soth first received wide public attention and critical acclaim in 2004 with Sleeping by the Mississippi,an ambitious five-year project—also published as a book—in which he traveled up and down the Mississippi River capturing places and people he came across, often with an eye tuned toward small-town curiosities, offbeat characters, and the chance of finding beauty in banal or overlooked settings.NIAGARA, Soth’s next major American project, focuses on the eponymous waterfall which has long stood in the national vernacular as a symbol of grandeur and romance. What Soth finds at the falls and in the aging environs of tourist motels are complex stories that form a contemporary mythology of love, its promises and failures. Other bodies of work featured in the exhibition include a rarely seen group of Soth’s early black-and-white photographs made in Minnesota; a project presenting a typology of abandoned and repurposed American movie theaters in Texas; a new series focused on women in Louisiana who embrace the Goth lifestyle; and a selection of portraits, interiors, still lifes, and landscapes from more recent series, including Fashion Magazine and The Last Days of W., made in locations across the United States.

Featured prominently in the exhibition is Soth’s most recent body of work, entitled Broken Manual, that investigates places to which people retreat to escape civilization—capturing individuals who have chosen to live “off the grid,” from monks and survivalists to hermits and runaways. The series includes literary contributions from author Lester B. Morrison, who grew from the artist’s publishing imprint Little Brown Mushroom Books, and now is a key contributor to Soth’s popular new blog (littlebrownmushroom.wordpress.com). Mining a very different side of the American experience than Soth’s previous work, these pictures and words probe into deeply psychological terrain, and collected as an installation, create compelling, often dark vignettes that hint at what lies at America’s fringes.

The exhibition additionally features a “library” area, which allows visitors further insight into Soth’s process, and includes a reading area for his publications, as well as a display of maquettes for book and ‘zine projects, and short video works. This area also presents ephemera the artist has gathered on the road, including love letters collected during the making of NIAGARA, notes, found objects, and other mementos.

Exhibition Catalogue
From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America is the first exhibition catalogue to consider the full spectrum of Soth’s work. Featuring more than 100 of the artist’s photographs made over the past 15 years, the book includes new critical essays by exhibition curator Siri Engberg, curator and art historian Britt Salvesen, and critic Barry Schwabsky, which offer context on the artist’s working process, the photo-historical tradition behind his practice, and reflections on his latest series of works. Novelist Geoff Dyer’s “Riverrun”—a meditation on Soth’s series Sleeping by the Mississippi—and August Kleinzahler’s poem “Sleeping It Off in Rapid City” contribute to the thoughtful exploration of this body of work. Also included in the publication is a 48-page artist’s book by Soth entitled The Loneliest Man in Missouri, a photographic essay with short, diaristic texts capturing the banality and ennui of middle America’s suburban fringes, with their corporate office parks, strip clubs, and chain restaurants. The full-color publication includes a complete exhibition history, bibliography, and interview with the artist by Walker assistant curator Bartholomew Ryan.

Distributed by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., 155 Sixth Avenue, Second Floor, New York, NY 10013, 800.338.2665 (phone), 800.478.3128 (fax), artbook.com, and available at the Walker Art Center Shop, 612.375.7633 (phone), 612.375.7565 (fax). ISBN 978-0-935640-96-0 $60 ($54 Walker members).

Art on Call: Free Audio Guide
Listen as Alec Soth talks about his series of photographs and sections of the exhibition. Call 612.374.8200 or point your mobile browser to walkerart.org. Look for the Art on Call stop numbers on the labels in the gallery.

Jump into Alec Soth’s Flickr Pool
In conjunction with the exhibition, the public is invited to take part in the artist’s group photography project on Flickr. For details, visit the artist’s blog (littlebrownmushroom.wordpress.com) starting September 1.

About the Artist
Born in 1969 and raised in Minnesota, where he continues to live and work, Alec Soth attended Sarah Lawrence College. He has received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation (1999, 2004) and Jerome Foundation (2001), was the recipient of the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography, and was short-listed for the highly prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. His work is in many private and public collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Walker Art Center; it has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. He is a member of Magnum Photos and is represented in Minneapolis by Weinstein Gallery, and in New York by Gagosian Gallery.

Exhibition Curator
From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America is curated by Siri Engberg, Visual Arts Curator at the Walker Art Center. Since joining the staff in 1990, she has organized numerous exhibitions, including solo shows of Claes Oldenburg, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Motherwell, Joan Mitchell, and Donald Judd, and co-curated thematic exhibitions, including Art Performs Life: Merce Cunningham/Meredith Monk/Bill T. Jones (1998) and The Home Show (2000). She is curator of Paper Trail (2007) and 1964 (2010) as well as the touring exhibitions Frank Stella at Tyler Graphics (1997), Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999 (1999), Chuck Close: Self-Portraits 1967-2005 (2005, with Madeleine Grynsztejn), and Kiki Smith: A Gathering 1980-2005 (2005). A specialist in works on paper, Engberg has authored a variety of publications on contemporary art, including two Walker-published catalogues raisonnés—on the editions of Edward Ruscha and the prints of Robert Motherwell.
From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America is organized by the Walker Art Center.

RELATED EVENTS

Opening Weekend, Walker Art Center:

Film: Somewhere to Disappear
Directed by Laure Flammarion and Arnaud Uyttenhove
Sunday, September 12, 12 noon, Free
Cinema

This documentary follows artist Alec Soth as he journeys throughout America in search of subjects—hermits, survivalists, and others seeking a retreat from civilization—during the making of his latest series of photographs. 2010, 35mm, 57 minutes.”

CONVERSATION: Alec Soth with George Slade

Sunday, September 12th 2:00 pm in the Cinema, Walker Art Center   $10.00  ($8.00 for WAC Members)

PAUL SHAMBROOM on ALEC SOTH’S AMERICA

October 7th, 6:30 p.m.  FREE

Target Gallery, Walker Art Center

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Deadline September 14th: Spectra Photography Triennial 2010, Juror is Brian Paul Clamp

From the Silvermine Guild Arts Center website:

SPECTRA ’10: National Photography Triennial

Click here to download a prospectus.

Juror: Brian Paul Clamp, owner, ClampArt, Chelsea, NY

Brian Paul Clamp is the owner and director of ClampArt, a gallery in Chelsea in New York City specializing in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on photography. ClampArt mounts ten to fifteen exhibitions per year featuring the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Mr. Clamp opened the gallery in 2000 after completing a Master of Arts degree in Critical Studies in Modern Art at Columbia University. For eight years prior to that Mr. Clamp served as the director of a gallery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side specializing in late 19th- and early 20th-century American paintings. Aside from exhibitions at his own gallery space, Clamp has curated numerous photography shows at various venues throughout the United States, and has reviewed photographers’ portfolios on dozens of panels over the past several years. Mr. Clamp is the author of numerous publications on American art to date, and also occasionally contributes written work to various art periodicals.

Eligibility: All original photography, completed since January 2007, is eligible. Residents of the United States only. Maximum print size must not exceed 165 inches in length or width. CD-ROMs and DVDs will be accepted. No slides.

ENTRY DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 14, 2010

All entries received after that date will not be eligible.


ABOUT SILVERMINE:

Silvermine is a learning community on four scenic acres in New Canaan, Connecticut.  We are dedicated to creativity and growth through the making and understanding of the visual arts.  Silvermine Guild Arts Center promotes artistic experimentation and growth through the Guild of Artists; courses and workshops in ceramics, sculpture, photography, new media, painting, drawing, jewelry and more.  Our classes, lectures, gallery and community outreach offer a full spectrum of opportunities to creative individuals of all levels and ages.  The facilities feature fully equipped art studios and galleries.  Silvermine Guild Arts Center’s programs and activities draw 15,000 artists and patrons annually to this historic section of Fairfield County dedicated to the fine arts.

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