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Aline Smithson hosts lecture series at JDPW and has exhibition at The Atelier Gallery, opening reception April 22nd

From the Julia Dean Photo Workshops website: 

“Los Angeles has a rich tapestry of fine art photographers that create amazing work. Because our city is so expansive, we often don’t get the opportunity to connect and learn about each other. This second chapter of Four Evenings with Fine Art Photographers opens the door to four incredible evenings, shared through the vision of some of the most interesting fine art photographers working in Los Angeles today. Many have published books, are inspired teachers, exhibit throughout the world, and are award-winning visionaries.

Come join and us and these four talented photographers for what promises to be an unforgettable journey into artistic exploration, philosophy and discussion.

March 25th – Tierney Gearon

April 29th – Jay Mark Johnson

May 20th – Robbert Flick

June 17th – Susan Anderson

Listen. Learn. Be inspired.”

From the Griffin Museum of Photography website:

The Atelier Gallery at the Stoneham Theatre

April 7 through May 16, 2010
 An opening reception is April 22, 6-7:30 p.m.

For Aline Smithson, the inspiration for a series of photographs began when she found a small print of Whistler’s painting Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter’s Mother, at a neighborhood garage sale. The same weekend she found a leopard coat and hat, a 1950s cat painting, and what looked like the exact chair from the Whistler painting.

“That started me thinking about the idea of portraiture, the strong compositional relationships going on within Whistler’s painting, and the evocative nature of unassuming details,” says Smithson.

With her 85-year-old mother, who posed in more than 20 ensembles, as a model, Smithson created the series Arrangement in Green and Black: Portrait of the Photographer’s Mother, which is featured in The Atelier Gallery at the Stoneham Theatre in Stoneham, MA, April 7 through May 16. An opening reception is April 22, 6-7:30 p.m. The exhibit runs parallel to the theater’s production of My Fair Lady. .

Smithson says the series of 21 images “incorporates traditional photography techniques, yet becomes richer with the treatment of hand painting. It is my intent to have the viewer see the work in a historical context with the addition of color, and at the same time, experience Whistler’s simple, yet brilliant, formula for the composition.”

Smithson’s mother passed away before seeing the finished series. “I am grateful for her sense of humor and the time this series allowed us to be together,” says Smithson.

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April 15th: Magenta Foundation Flash Forward 09 Boston Exhibition

From the Magenta Foundation e-blast: 

“Please join us at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston, MA, celebrating the fifth anniversary of Magenta’s annual emerging photographers competition, Flash Forward 09.

Boston will be the last stop on the Flash Forward 09 tour and your last chance to see the exceptional work of the past year.


15 April 2010, 6:00 pm – 9pm


6 April to 9 May 2010


Griffin Museum of Photography

67 Shore Road

Winchester, MA (Boston)

USA 01890″

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“Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe” lectures now archived online

The lecture videos from the Through the Lens series are now available to watch on the Through the Lens website at

There are lectures by Barbara Lucero Sand, Krista Elrick, David Taylor, Katherine Ware, Chris Wilson, Lucy Lippard, Andrew Leo Lovato, Darius Himes, Michael Berman and Anthony Anella.

Don’t miss the opportunity to view these amazing talks.

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March 1st- Deadline for The Photo Place Gallery “Nostalgia”

March 1st, 2010 is the deadline for The Photo Place Gallery in Middlebury, VT Call for Entries

From the announcement:

Photography is an art of the instant, of Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment.”  But it is also an art of past moments—records of slices of time that no longer exist.  In this juried exhibition, NOSTALGIA, we are interested in photographs that investigate aspects of past time, memory, and public or personal histories.  For example, photographs can allude to the past through process, by using antiquated technologies such as the tintype; through subject, by focusing on objects or people with the aura of long ago; through place, by picturing places that have private or well-known memory associations.  Surprise us with your interpretations of the theme.

For details click here or contact

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January 26th: John Gutmann Film Screening and Discussion at the CCP, Tucson

In conjunction with the current exhibition of John Gutmann‘s work at the Center for Creative Photography Tucson, a film screening of My Eyes Were Fresh: The Life and Photographs of John Gutmann (2006, 30 minutes) will be shown at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday January 26th, admission is free.

From the CCP website:

“This film by Jane Levy Reed, is an intimate portrait of the artist narrated by Gutmann in a series of filmed interviews and commentaries recorded in the years just before his death in 1998. It profiles his art and life, both of which helped forge a link between the European modernism of the early 20th century and the burgeoning artistic culture of the San Francisco Bay Area in the second half of the century. Jennifer Jenkins, Associate Professor of Media Arts, who teaches film history at the University of Arizona, will introduce the film.”

The John Gutmann exhibition will be on view until January 31, 2010.

Center for Creative Photography

The University of Arizona

1030 North Olive Road

Tucson, AZ 85721

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50 Books/50 Covers 2009 Competition; 2008 winners currently on view at AIGA National Design Center in NYC through February 19th

One of my favorite exhibitions/competitions of the year is AIGA’s “Fifty Book, 50 Covers” which is on view now at the AIGA National Design Gallery at 164 5th Avenue (22/21st Streets) in Manhattan.   Here is the link to learn more about the show. “Selections were made by a distinguished jury that included Jane Brown, Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.), Los Angeles; Rodrigo Corral, Rodrigo Corral Design, New York; Vanessa Eckstein, Bløk Design, Mexico City; Franc Nunoo Quarcoo University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore; and Brett Yasko, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.”

VISIT THE GALLERY  Monday through Thursday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Friday: 11:00 a.m–5:00 p.m.

Note:  The Gallery will be closed from Thursday, December 24 until Monday, January 4

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ENTER THIS YEAR’S 50 Books/50 Covers competition!

December 10th -March 5th is the submission period for the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers competition

From the website:

AIGA’s suite of competitions is widely recognized as the most discerning statement on design excellence today, extending a legacy that began more than 90 years ago. By means of the competitions, AIGA creates an authoritative chronicle of outstanding design solutions, each demonstrating the process of designing, the role of the designer and the value of design.

This time-honored competition aims to identify the 50 best-designed books and book covers that have been designed, produced and used in the marketplace between January 1 and December 31, 2009, as chosen by distinguished jurors. <!–jurors.–> As such, they become part of the AIGA Design Archives, a searchable visual database of exemplary design, they are exhibited at the AIGA National Design Center in New York and offered as a traveling exhibition for display across the country. The physical artifacts comprise the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum. A second set of the awarded books and covers becomes part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection at the Butler Library, Columbia University, New York.


  • A book must consist of at least 48 pages (except for children’s books).
  • A book must be either case-bound or paperbound between covers. Portfolios of loose pages do not qualify.
  • Books and book covers designed and/or produced between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year are eligible.
  • Except in the case of limited-edition books, print runs should be in excess of 250 copies.
  • Entries should be for sale to the general public, or, if offered gratis, should not be publications whose primary purpose is to advertise or serve as an annual report or other corporate literature.
  • Following AIGA’s membership in Icograda (International Council of Graphic Design Associations) and in keeping with a deepening commitment to demonstrating the importance of diversity, entries from all countries will be eligible for AIGA competitions for the first time in AIGA’s history. In order for the jury to understand the content and context, entries that are in languages other than English must include a brief English translation.
  • Submit only actual work; no photographs accepted. We regret that entries cannot be returned.

They include photography books under what they call “Image-driven books (books you look at)”

To View the 2008 winners click here.
And to view images of the 2007 exhibition, click here

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New Orleans is the Place to Be this Weekend

Tomorrow, Saturday December 12th, at the end of the first day of the PhotoNola Reviews, the public is invited to come and see the work of the participating photographers at PhotoWalk which will be taking place from 4:30-6pm

Location: International House Hotel Conference Facility 220 Camp Street, 2nd Floor New Orleans, LA 70130

After the PhotoWalk, through out the city there will be several  Art Openings from 6-9pm

Also as part of the Gallery Walk, Artists Louviere + Vanessa will be  showing there new work Cinégraphs  at A Gallery for Fine Photography in New Orleans

About the work (from the announcement):
Louviere + Vanessa’s new body of work once again embraces, expands and challenges the history of photography and filmmaking.
The husband and wife art duo create work that furthers their explorations into highly crafted object based conceptual art.
By shooting their photographs with super 8mm film in 3,550 individual stills, the works become both a projected motion picture
and a still image made up of the deconstructed strips of film set into custom built light boxes.
A Gallery for Fine Photography, 241 Chartres Street

Also DO NOT miss tonight’s lecture with Lauren Greenfield sponsored by Canon,  7-9pm and tommorrows Gallery Talk by Susan Burnstine at the Canary Gallery, 12-1pm

For a full list of events click here.

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TODAY- “Bridge the Gap? 6″ International Conference in NYC

The Bridge the Gap? 6 conference will be taking place Today DECEMBER 11, 11AM – 8PM in New York City t

This is a fascinating program organized by Center for Contemporary Art – CCA Kitakyushu

The conference will take place at  Storefront for Art and Architecture 97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY 10012 USA

For more info click here.

From the announcement:
BRIDGE THE GAP? is an international series of conferences that aims to create an ongoing forum between artists, scientists, designers and thinkers of the humanities in which ideas are exchanged and reciprocal stimulation and influence can occur. The first BTG?, held in 2001 in Kitakyushu (Japan) brought together 30 specialists from the arts, sciences and humanities (; the second in took place in Milan, the third in Chiang Mai, the fourth in Kitakyushu/Shanghai and the fifth in Venice. Each event involved a profound change in scale and context of the BTG? format.

By making the coffee break a central forum and by enhancing the exchange between participants, BTG? poses the question concerning the necessity of actual and virtual salons now. BTG? proposes a non-linear, non-hierarchical approach to knowledge production – to go beyond the boundaries of disciplines and to overcome the fears of pooling knowledge. Classical conferences emphasized order and stability. In contrast, we now see fluctuations instability: the unpredictable. In non-equilibrium physics, you find various notions of unstable systems and the dynamics of unstable environments. Instead of certitudes, BTG? expresses connective possibilities. The field of reflection and discussion coming from the different perspective will begin to broaden, deepen and create the ground to work in collaboration.

Ruben Coen Cagli / Neuroscience
Trisha Donnelly / Visual Art
Didier Fiuza Faustino / Architecture
Joan Jonas / Visual Art
Lisa Kaltenegger/ Astrophysics
Kazuo Okanoya / Cognitive Science
Damon Rich / Urban Design
Anri Sala / Visual Art
Kevin Slavin / Information Science

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December 12th- Project 5 Salon

This Saturday, December 12th – 4 – 6pm will be Project 5’s Second Artist’s Salon: Focus on Family

This Salon will include a panel including:
Elinor Carucci
Lisa Kereszi
Margaret de Lange
Jesse Burke
The Panel will take place at the Foley Gallery.

Foley Gallery
547 W 27th Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10001

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The Summer Show Project Photographers Announced

This years photographers for the The Summer Show Project have been announced.

The Photographers are:

Billie Mandle, Steve Smith, Renhui Zhao, Tribble & Mancenido, Jens Windolf, William Rugen, Bahar Yuru Koglu, Phil Jung, John Saponara, Joshua Martinez, Maria Ines Manchengo, Sa Schloff and Bill Finger.

Congratulations to all of the photographers, and we look forward to seeing what you create!

About the Summer Show Project from the website:

The Summer Show Project offers the unique chance for artists to work directly with the gallery, creating new work to be curated in a group exhibition.

This new initiative will provide an opportunity for emerging photographers to have their work seen, recognized and reviewed by fellow artists, gallery directors, book editors, as well as curators from museum and corporate collections.

Upon acceptance, you will work on your own and with the guidance of gallery owner Michael Foley to create new work dedicated to a theme that will be suggested by the curatorial panel.  A total of 12 photographers will be selected by the panel to participate.

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