Archive for May 24, 2007

Action/Interaction: Book/Arts Conference June 8-10, Chicago

Columbia College’s Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts is hosting “Action/Interaction: Book/Arts Conference 2007.”

From the event website:

An opportunity to raise the level of critical discourse among students and practioners in the book arts field; to examine what we do as artists and why and how the field is evolving. The conference events will be fully documented in the Fall issue of JAB: The Journal of Artists’ Books

A program of lectures and participatory guided discussions crafted to stimulate active participation among conference attendees
A juried exhibition surveying contemporary work from centers of book arts around the country
A book fair in which students, artists, publishers, and vendors can showcase and sell current work
On Saturday night conference attendees are invited to share their work through readings, performance, or other interactive displays of book arts led off first by a perfomance by Marshall Weber of Booklyn. [Let us know if you have something you’d like to share and if it requires special equipment.]

The conference will take place in the historic Ludington Building, home to the Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Art in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop. It is scheduled to coincide with the annual Printer’s Row Book Fair, the midwest’s largest free outdoor literary event ocurring in the nearby Printer’s Row neighborhood.”

Full speaker’s list, including Johanna Drucker, is listed here.

There is a terrific series of “Guided Discussion Sessions” listed on that same page:

The Guided Discussion Sessions wlll provide a forum for conference attendees to actively engage with other artists, students, and educators in the field to discuss topics of common interest in order to reveal a broad range of perspectives and help shape the discourse of the field. Discussion leaders will begin the session with a presentation which frames the issues and then open the floor for discussion. Sessions will run in two parallel tracks with pairs of concurrent discussions.

Guided Discussions 1: Saturday 11:15 – 12:00
1A: Shaping a New Critical Discourse for the Field – Mary Tasillo, University of the Arts
How can we forge a new type of critical discourse which incorporates creative formats, disparate perspectives, and the wide variety of media that are pertinent to the book arts? How can we liberate our discussions from a focus on form and create a radical criticism befitting our discipline?

1B: Exhibiting Artists’ Books: Problems and Solutions – Judith Hoffberg, Umbrella Online
Who should exhibit artists’ books (museums or libraries or…)? Why must we exhibit them? How and where should we exhibit them? How can we invite people from different disiciplines to see the book not as a nostalic artifact, but as works that can explain different approaches to technology, science, fantasy, narrative, history, economics, and politics?

Guided Discussions 2: Saturday 1:30 – 2:15
2A: Beyond Artifacts: Book Arts as Practice – Andrew Eason, University of West England
How can different roles and practices within the book arts, rather than the identification of formal elements of value within its artifacts, provide a framework to engage with the field? How might we think about the artist’s actions and intentions instead of focusing just on the resulting artifact? How does this reshape our understanding of the field as a place for action, both for the artist and the reader?

2B: Artists’ Books and Mainstream Publication – Jen Blair, Columbia College Chicago
Is is desirable for book artists to pursue mainstream publication? How do we develop strategies to familiarize editors and publishers with our artistic aims and convine them of the salability of our books? If mainstream publication is not the answer, how do we create more opportunities for distribution and sale?

Guided Discussions 3: Saturday 2:30 – 3:15
3A: Crossing Boundaries: New Conceptions for the Book – Jonathan Lill, MoMA Archives
As books are needed less and less as conveyors of information in our society, how can book artists refashion them as a locus for pure expression and imaginative experimentation? How can we move away from parochial and antiquated methods and definitions (fine printing and binding, traditional ideas of text and image interaction, dusty concepts of subject and content) and explore other forms of visual and textual production? What can we learn from comic books or Meso-american, Middle Eastern, and Indian manuscript traditions and ideas and styles of text and images which differ so profoundly from those of our print tradition?

3B: Considering Artists’ Books Online – Amanda D’Amico and Phoebe Esmon, University of the Arts
How can the electronic database, Artists Books Online, best serve the book arts community? Is it designed to attract people from outside of the discipline? Is it a critical catalog designed primarily for the dissemination of information within the book arts community? How does it relate to the ongoing discourse within the field regarding the creation and maintenance of a cannon?

Guided Discussions 4: Sunday 11:00 – 11:45
4A: Graphic Design and the Book Arts – Karen White, University of Arizona
What are the crossovers between graphic design and the book arts? How can book arts and book arts collections be used to inspire experimentation in graphic arts programs. How could the relationships between these fields and overlaps in practices be used to improve both graphic design and book arts education?

4B: Artists’ Books and Contemporary Art – Tango Book Arts: Karen Murken, Katie Baldwin & Lindsey Mears
How can the four characteristics of books: visual language, interactivity, containment, and temporality, help to situate book arts within the greater realm of contemporary art? How do they give structure to the artist’s book and help us redefine the book as art at a time in which art is moving in a direction that is increasingly accessible and collaborative?

Click here for a Registration form in PDF format.

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Americans For The Arts Annual Conference June 1-3 in Las Vegas

I just learned of the upcoming Americans for the Arts Annual Conference: “Risk and Reward: Balancing Acts in Arts and Community

From the website homepage:
“Risk and Reward: Balancing Acts in Arts and Community is more than just a theme, it’s the approach we’ve taken for the whole experience.

The convention is packed full of edgy ideas and useful tools. This year, we introduce seven new program tracks that ensure both close connection with your colleagues and expanded opportunity for crossover among important areas of the larger arts field.

Convention highlights include the national release of Arts & Economic Prosperity III, the culminating session of the MetLife Foundation National Arts Forum Series, the introduction of new recognition awards at our Annual Report and Awards Ceremony, guest artist Jenny Holzer and the Public Art Year in Review, as well as inspiring speakers, ARTventure tours, and all the events we know you enjoy!”

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Women In Photography International’s 2007 Competition: June 30 Final Deadline

Women In Photography‘s Call for Entried guidelines are posted for this year’s competition. Jurors are being assembled and the full roster will be announced; click on JURORS from the home page.

“WIPI 2007 Competition” is open to all photographers and will be juried by an accomplished panel of professionals. The top 10 winning images with BIO clips as well as 25 honorable mention images will be showcased on

For the 2007 WIPI welcomes images taken with any type of film and/or digital camera.. All photography including mixed media accepted and uploaded as a JPEG submission according to guidelines. B/W, alternative or any digital photo image, manipulated, scanned film or prints and submitted as a JPEG file, no date restriction, ALL subject matter accepted.
Submit your favorite photos

WIPI continues to honor women photographers worldwide with an online presence through competitions, galleries, feature stories and our Hire-a-WIPI Pro directory. WIPI Competition winners have received recognition in the arts through exposure at The WIPI archive is a key reference for collectors and researchers and curators. Our past jurors have opened the doors to future opportunities for photographers seen on the Women In Photography International website.

The annual Distinguished Photographer’s Award started in 1985 as a tribute to photographers of excellence and achievement. WIPI recently paid homage to photographers Annie Leibovitz (2003) and Sylvia Plachy (2004) at the Lucie Awards, in NYC. and in 2005, one of WIPI’s founding members, photographer Carrie Mae Weems received our award. Former recipients include: Eve Arnold, Linda McCartney, Marion Post Wolcott, Ruth Orkin, Mary Ellen Mark, Grace Robertson, Judy Dater, Ruth Bernhard, Bereniece Abbott and Joyce Tenneson. WIPI History is posted here.

We would like to thank our jurors and sponsors for participating in WIPI’s 2007 International competition.

Founded in 1981, Women In Photography International (WIPI) has progressed over the years to become one of the most recognized organizations for women photographers worldwide.

Women In Photography International is a 501.(c).3. Organization. The online resource center is comprised of the WIPI history beginning 1981, the Peter E. Palmquist Women In Photography International bibliography of over 23,000 women photographers, an archive of exhibitions, member links, the f2-eZine that includes feature stories, member lecture listings, book reviews, world resources and the newly created Member Network Board for member posting and public viewing.”

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Atlanta Celebrates Photography’s 10/6 Portfolio Reviews: Registration OPENS JUNE 1st

Atlanta Celebrates Photography‘s (ACP) Portfolio Review offers artists the opportunity to meet with respected curators, dealers, and editors from across the United States. Approximately 60 photographers will be chosen to display their portfolios to a distinguished panel of reviewers. ACP has carefully selected art professionals who have ideas and advice that will be of value to serious fine art and documentary photographers. In addition, attending the Portfolio Review is a cost effective way to meet busy art professionals in one convenient location.

Registration is required and will begin on a first come, first serve basis on June 1, 2007. Registration will be on-line only and a link will be placed on our homepage in the Happenings section. We encourage photographers to register early, as the spaces will fill quickly.”

This year’s review panel and schedule:
Julian Cox, Curator of Photography, High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Jason Fulford, Artist and Co-Founder of J&L Books, Brooklyn
Stuart Horodner, Director of Programs, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Karen Irvine, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago
Lisa Kurzner, Independent Curator and Critic, Atlanta
Anne Lyden, Associate Curator of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum, L.A.
Amy Miller, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta
Anna Walker Skillman, Jackson Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta
Del Zogg, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
More to be announced…

Following the Portfolio Reviews (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.):
Portfolio Walk and Reception, 7-9 p.m.
The public is invited to view the work of the photographers who participated in the 2007 Portfolio Review and to meet the distinguished panel of reviewers.

These events are sponsored by the LUBO Fund, Showcase Photographics, Grady High School

Advice for Portfolio Review Participants:
Click here to view portfolio review advice and tips as printed on this blog recently.

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“One City, Many Destinations” CITY Magazine Cover Competition entries due JUNE 30th

CITY MAGAZINE won the PHOTO PORTFOLIO Category at the 2007 National Magazine Awards for Horacio Salina’s photographs “White Heat” (view full list of winners here, with a link to winning articles and portfolios here).

All eyes are on CITY! It is an important publication for photographers to connect with.

CITY Magazine has announced a competition for images of international travel destinations to be chosen for the cover for CITY’s Fall ’07 Travel issue.
Submissions close at midnight EST on June 30th. The work of 16 finalists, including the grand-prize winner, will appear in a special travel photography portfolio inside CITY’s Fall ’07 Travel issue. All finalists will win additional prizes as well.

“Contestants must affirm that submissions are their original work and that they are the holder of the copyright or that they have the right to copyright any and all photographs submitted to this contest. Note: Winners agree that CITY and its designees shall have the perpetual, worldwide right to edit, publish, and use any photograph entered in this Competition solely for the promotional purposes of CITY and/or the Competition, in any way and in any media, in its sole discretion without further consideration to entrant or winner. Entrant agrees to hold harmless CITY Magazine, Sponsor, their officers, directors, employees, divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotional agencies, from any claim by any third party relating to any rights in any photograph submitted.”

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Alternative Processes Exhibition: Deadline June 5th

The Center for Fine Art Photography is coordinating an exhibition focusing on alternative photographic processes; click here for complete details.

“The Center for Fine Art Photography invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate in its exhibitions and activities. Traditional, contemporary, avant-garde, creative and experimental works, including new processes, mixed techniques, and challenging personal, emotional or political statements are welcome.

Theme: Alternatives …. All subjects welcome.
Images derived from alternative image capture and printing, such as Holga, pinhole and other cameras, photograms, scanograms, holograms, Polaroid transfers, etc.

Juror: Elizabeth Spungen, Executive Director at The Print Center in Philadelphia. Elizabeth received both a BA and MA in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania and has spent her entire career working with the visual arts. Liz has been on the curatorial staff at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum and Bryn Mawr College. (

Awards: All exhibitions award opportunities for artists to present their work to an international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and others who appreciate the fine art of photography.

Juror’s Selection award: 200 + Special Recognition in Artists’ ShowCase, the Center’s feature section in CameraArts magazine.
Director’s Selection award: 100 + Special Recognition in Artists’ ShowCase
Two Artists’ ShowCase Online subscriptions – the Center’s new online image marketing website (preview at
Five or more images will be selected for inclusion in the Center’s publication, Artists’ ShowCase, the feature section in CameraArts magazine

All exhibitors are included in the Center’s online gallery and in the Center’s 2007 Exhibition Collection CD which is distributed to selected galleries, collectors, design houses and corporations world wide.

Important Dates:

Entries due June 5, 2007
June 15 2007: Notification of acceptance
August 24, 2007: Exhibition opening
September 7: Public reception for artists
September 22, 2007: Exhibition closes”

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Magnum Festival ’07 Website Launched with May/June Events in NYC

Magnum Photos is celebrating 60 years as an independent agency and artistic cooperative. Timed to correspond with this seminal anniversary, the Magnum Festival will embrace various aspects of the past 60 years of documentary as well as promote the importance for responsible documentary work in the future.

Through a series of city wide events the Magnum Festival will highlight photography, film and journalism. If you are lucky enough to be in NYC during this period of time, take advantage of these offerings.

Click here to view the complete Magnum Festival website; one of the features of the website is a calendar organized by date.

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