Archive for June, 2007

Fotovision hosts lecture “The Legal Landscape of Street Shooting” July 24th

Fotovision will offer this important lecture on July 24th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at UC Berkeley:

From their Newsletter:
“Whether you are out on the street shooting as a freelance, staff photographer or a private citizen, you need to understand your legal rights and how those rights are interpreted in today’s social landscape. Despite press freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, the government routinely challenges individual journalists and the general public. For example, freelanceer and blogger, Josh Wolf, was jailed and served 226 days in jail for refusing to comply with a Grand Jury subpoena to turn over a collection of videotapes he recorded during a demonstration in San Francisco.

This will be a really interesting evening discussion about First Amendment concerns for photographers, principally regarding privacy liability, defamation and copyright. You will have the opportunity to hear in plain English what the issues are, what your legal rights are, and ways to protect yourself.

Fotovision is fortunate to have scheduled the very busy and high powered team at The First Amendment Project, dedicated to protecting and promoting freedom of information, expression, and petition. FAP provides advice, educational materials, and legal representation to its core constituency of activists, journalists, and artists in service of these fundamental liberties.

Location: The Center for Photography, North Gate Hall
Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, Hearst & Euclid.

Instructors: David Greene, Executive Director of The First Amendment Project is an experienced litigator for First Amendment issues, a founding member of the Internet Free Expression Alliance, author and lecturer.
Pondra Perkins is a Staff Attorney and Environmental Advocacy Fellow at the First Amendment Project. In addition, she has a background in software engineering which she used to build digital applications for various media companies such as Getty Images.
James Wheaton, is a litigator in cases involving civil rights at the state and federal level, co-founder of the First Amendment Project. He is also a registered lobbyist, and has been involved in the passage of amendments to the California law. Please refer to their website for full biographies.

Class size: 100 participants.
Cost: $10.00

Go to this link and at the bottom of the page is access to register for this event online.”

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Reminder: TPS 16 Entries due JULY 5th

I applaude the Texas Photographic Society for not only publishing a full-color catalogue of this show, but taking it on the road to an even broader audience. By entering, you increase your visibility, support a great non-for-profit organization, AND, it’s a great way to introduce your work to this important Juror!! Submissions accepted via email, so try to make this deadline!

From the TPS Website:

“TPS 16: The National Competition
Exhibition will be on view in it Houston, Abilene, New York and San Francisco.

Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit slides or digital files of their color and black and white works to the Texas Photographic Society (TPS) by July 5, for TPS 16: The National Competition. The exhibition will open at St. Edward’s University Art Gallery and be exhibited at galleries in Odessa, TX; Houston (as part of FotoFest International); New York City and San Francisco. An artist’s reception will be held September 22 in Austin.
TPS 16: The National Competition will be juried by Michelle Dunn Marsh, Director of Aperture West. She will award $2,750 in Cash prizes: First Place $1,000, Second Place $650, Third Place $350, and at her discretion, up to 5 Honorable Mention awards at $150 each. A color catalogue of the exhibition will be printed and sent to all entrants, collectors, museum curators and photography magazines, with exhibitors receiving 3 copies. The exhibit will tour for one year

Plans are being made to have the show in Houston at Fotofest 2008 during March and April of 2008. The exhibt will travel to New York City to be viewed at the Calumet Photo Art Gallery from May 12 – June 27. From there the show will travel to the Calumet Photo Art Gallery in San Francisco, California. The show will open July 21 and close August 17.

The Fotofest 2008 theme is China and Transformations. The National Competition will have the theme of Transformations. The TRANFORMATIONS theme, however, is not limited or restricted to China-related work. It can be interpreted however artists and curators would like to represent it. It could related to youth and age, urban environments, physical or psychological metamorphosis, passage of time, architecture, war, technological change, and history, to name just a few areas. Within the theme of “Transformations,” TPS is especially interested in issues of self and community. We encourage submissions that focus on physical/psychological metamorphosis and urban/suburban/rural change.

Juror’s Statement
I want to see work that examines and informs today’s experience of this beautiful, turbulent planet to which we cling. Images that explore a sense of self and community interest me, because I believe that personal and pro-found change can occur through photography and we exist in a time where change on many levels is needed.

In my early days at Aperture, we often invoked Minor White’s concept of transcendence in identifying works for publication and exhibition —”images that after the seeing of which we are never the same.” After ten years with the Foundation, I have been altered on a variety of levels through a wide range of work. Part of the power of photography is in the viewer’s ability to truly absorb an image and be transformed by an act of deliberate seeing. As an advocate for artists, my role is to provide multiple platforms for viewers to have that experience of transformation through an artist’s work.
Michelle Dunn Marsh
Seattle, Washington

To download the exhibition brochure (legal size paper), click here.

To download the exhibition brochure (letter size paper), click here.”

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ArtsTech Award Nominations due JULY 4; part of the Technology In The Arts Conference, Pittsburg OCTOBER 12/13

“The Center for Arts Management and Technology would like to welcome you to the 2007 Technology in the Arts Conference. Join us in Pittsburgh this October as we build upon the insights and enthusiasm shared last year. Technology in the Arts: the place for you to connect with the entire arts community in collaborative discussion and learning!

The goal of Technology in the Arts is to be a resource for the arts community, sparking dialogue around the role of technology in our planning and programming, discussing best practices as well as lessons learned, and providing hands-on, practical skills where possible.

The Technology in the Arts conference brings together the full spectrum of organizations within the arts, from the local to national levels, to examine the commonalities that exist in useful technologies as well as the opportunities for partnership.

Beyond discussing the adoption and integration of technology in the arts at the conference, CAMT hopes to establish a platform for continual dialogue through the connections made at the conference, online forums, and other ways that make sense to you.

To wrap up the conference, everyone is invited to a Close-Out Bash. This evening of performance and revelry, featuring art and music, will be open to conference attendees as well as the entire Pittsburgh community.

For complete information on attending, including scholarships, travel/hotel and registration information, visit


An applied research center within the Institute for the Management of Creative Enterprises, the Center for Arts Management and Technology (CAMT) investigates ways technology can improve and enhance the practice of arts management. When appropriate, CAMT develops technology solutions (such as artist rosters and online grant applications) that meet critical needs in the field. Located in the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, CAMT leverages the university’s strength in information technology, while benefiting from the expertise of its sister initiative, the Masters of Arts Management program. CAMT serves visual and performing arts organizations, arts agencies and service organizations, ranging from the local to national levels.


The Institute for the Management of Creative Enterprises (IMCE) acts as a cohesive vision for the contributions made by the Master of Arts Management program, the Master of Entertainment Industry Management program, the Center of Arts Management and Technology and the Arts and Culture Observatory to the multifaceted arts industry. By supporting these endeavors more administratively than theoretically, each entity is given the space to evolve and function as an independent institution. The effect is a varied and objective conglomerate that seeks to share the many innovations of the art field.

ArtsTech Award:
CAMT is now accepting nominations for this year’s ArtsTech Award, to be presented at the 2007 Technology in the Arts conference. The ArtsTech award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the arts through technology.

Nominations for the 2007 ArtsTech Award will be accepted through July 4th. To nominate an individual (including yourself), send an email to Cary McQueen Morrow with the following information:

Nominee name:
Nominee address and phone number:
Nominee email address:
Nominee website (if applicable):

200 word description of Nominee’s contribution to the arts through technology.

Nominator name:
Nominator address:
Nominator email address:”

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Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation ARTS WRITERS GRANT PROGRAM Application Procedures Announced

From the website:

“The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant is a three-year pilot program designed to support writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through project-based grants issued directly to individual authors. The first program of its type, it was founded in recognition of both the financially precarious situation of arts writers and their indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture.

In its first year, the Arts Writers Grant Program issued awards for books, articles, and experiments in new and alternative media. This round, it introduces a new grant category for short-form writing (texts of 1,000 words or less). In addition, the program seeks an increased engagement in the coming grant round with article-based projects and with art of the current moment. Of particular interest are articles that identify and explore pressing issues in the contemporary visual arts. Also of interest are texts that illuminate the value contemporary art holds for all viewers through its ability to complicate and enrich our understanding of our world and ourselves and to offer a space of freedom from and critical engagement with prevailing norms.

Through all its grants, regardless of topic or category type, the Arts Writers Grant Program aims to honor and encourage:

Writing about art that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent and precise
Writing about art in which a keen engagement with the present is infused with an appreciation of the historical
Writing about art that is neither afraid to take a stand, nor content to deliver authoritative pronouncements, but serves rather to pose questions and to generate new possibilities for thinking, seeing, and making
Writing about art that is sensitive to both the importance and difficulty of situating aesthetic objects within their broader social and political contexts
Writing about art that does not dilute or sidestep complex ideas but renders accessible their meaning and value
Writing about art that challenges creatively the limits of existing conventions, without valorizing novelty as an end in itself
The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant is spearheaded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as part of its broader Arts Writing Initiative and administered by Creative Capital.

The Arts Writers Grant Program is spearheaded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as part of its broader Arts Writing Initiative and administered by Creative Capital. Grants are awarded on an annual basis in amounts ranging from $3,000 to $50,000.

For complete grant guidelines, click here.


Application Posted: Online (only): 10:00 a.m. EST, Monday, August 6, 2007
Application Deadline: Online (only): 4:59 p.m. EST, Wednesday, September 12, 2007
(transmittal times will appear on electronic applications)
Notification of application advancing to final review: December 1, 2007
Announcement of grants: Late February 2008

For information on the 2006 grantees click here.

Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that supports artists pursuing innovative approaches to form and content in the media, performing and visual arts, and in emerging fields.

If you would like to receive automatic updates on the Arts Writers Grant Program, click here to join Creative Capital’s e-mail list.”

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MVS MARKETING WORKSHOP: Maine, August 1-4, and VII Seminar, too!

There are a few spaces left in my annual workshop at Maine Photo Workshops in Rockport. Class starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday August 1, concludes on Saturday August 4th at noon.

The course description:
Mary Virginia Swanson will provide insights into the most effective avenues for introducing your work to the gallery and museum professionals. She will discuss the value of the national and international juried exhibitions, as well as portfolio review events as realistic avenues to industry professionals. Important gallery trade shows will be discussed from the perspective of helping artists to determine which dealers will be most appropriate for their work. Effective self-promotion materials will be shared with participants, as well as visuals providing insights into portfolio review events towards making the most of your participation. Professional practices necessary to successfully present your work will be discussed, as well as “talking points” when given the opportunity to sign with a gallery for representation. Participants will also gain awareness about granting the rights to reproduce your images, copyright and negotiation. There will be a session for group portfolio sharing, and the course workbook, Ms. Swanson’s book, Business of Photography: Principles and Practices (2007) will be provided to participants.

To register, click here, or call toll free at 877.577.7700

FOLLOWING the close of my seminar, there is an amazing symposium on the 4th:
VII Agency – Conflict Photography: A Symposium with members of the VII Photo Agency and photographer Samantha Appleton, moderated by Vicki Goldberg.

This seminar in Rockport, Maine is FREE and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

Click this link to register, or call toll free to register: 877.577.7700

If you haven’t been to a VII seminar, it is an amazing, powerful experience. The work these photographers are producing is changing how we see the world. And Vicki Goldberg is one of the brightest lights in our field; she will do a fantastic job moderating the event. Don’t miss it. Join me for my workshop and stay on for this event – see you in the front row!

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Conversations on Art: Vision and Violence, Whitney Museum July 12th

Writer William T. Vollmann and photographer Richard Drew address where images of brutality meet the limits of representation. This lecture is part of “Culture and Conflict: Then and Now,” a two-part series, in conjunction with Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era, exploring cultural production in the shadow of turbulent politics, from 1967-2007.

The exhibition is on view May 24-September 16, 2007.

From the website:
“Summer of Love revisits the unprecedented explosion of contemporary art and popular culture brought about by the civil unrest and pervasive social change of the 1960s and early 70s, when a new psychedelic aesthetic emerged in art, music, film, architecture, graphic design, and fashion. The exhibition includes paintings, photographs and sculptures by Richard Avedon, Jimi Hendrix, and Andy Warhol, among others. As well as a rich selection of important posters, album covers and underground magazines. A special emphasis is placed on environments as well as on film, video and multimedia installations. The art in the exhibition is conceptualized through a wealth of documentary material highlighting events, people and places; from the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival to Timothy Leary to the UFO nightclub in London.”

Admission for this lecture: $8; senior citizens and students with valid ID $6. All programs are free for Members. Advance sales are strongly recommended, as space is limited. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum Admissions Desk or by visiting Inquiries: Email or call (212) 570-7715. For member reservations, please email

Click here to download the Summer of Love Podcast, a 9-minute podcast produced by the Whitney Museum of American Art in conjunction with the exhibition “The Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era.”

This podcast explores the unique mix of 60’s culture and Vietnam-War era politics that led to 1967’s so-called Summer of Love. Program includes interviews with poet and musician Ed Sanders and Professor Todd Gitlin. Narrated by Kathryn Potts, Head of Exhibition Interpretation. An Antenna Audioguide production.

There is also terrific film series in conjunction with this exhibition as well – check out the schedule at this link for the show (the website is not to be missed, especially for music fans).

“Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era” was organized by the Tate Liverpool.

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Photography Workshops and JACK DYKINGA speak at BIOCOMM 2007, Tucson July 23-27

Tucson-based photographer CHIP HEDGCOCK has helped to organized a series of photography workshops in conjunction with BioComm‘s Annual Meeting being held in Tucson July 22-27.

From the website: “Biocommunicators are often called upon to photograph a wide variety of small static objects in the hospital or laboratory where they work. This four hour workshop will help them use the skills and techniques that they already have to photograph small (and often highly mobile!) animals in the studio.”

Faculty include Chip, Adobe staffers Lynn Grillo and Ashley Manning Still, Daniel Dejan of Sappi Fine Paper, medical photographer Adam Cooper, nature photographer Bill Fortney and Sam Chesnutt who has pioneered Total Body Photography and the MoleMapCD as a “Standard of Care” for patients at high risk for Melanoma.

Most of the workshops will be held on or near the UA campus in central Tucson, and some will be held at the Sonoran Anthropod Studies Institute (SASI) and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Check the info for each individual class to be certain.

This group brings a diverse and interesting mix of art, technology and science to their teachings. Check out the offerings, and Chip’s stunning photographs, a portfolio of which was featured in Lenswork Magazine #28. Brooks Jensen, editor of Lenswork, has stated “Chip is to bugs what Weston was to peppers!”

To launch the event, on MONDAY, JULY 23rd, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m., Tucson-based photographer JACK DYKINGA will give the Keynote address for the conference: “Feeling the Light on the Land” which is open to the public and sponsored by Fuji. Jack will be showing images from projects that made a difference in conservation and how a camera catalogs beauty while protecting the environment.

This lecture (only) will be held at the Tucson Marriott University Park, 880 E. Second Avenue (just west of the U of A Campus). It is free and open to the public.

From the event website:
“Pulitzer Prize (1971 Feature Photography) winning photographer Jack Dykinga blends large format landscape art photography with documentary photojournalism. He is a regular contributor to Arizona Highways and National Geographic Magazines. His eight wilderness advocacy, large format books include: Frog Mountain Blues, The Secret Forest, The Sierra Pinacate, The Sonoran Desert, Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau, and Desert: The Mojave and Death Valley. He authored and photographed Large Format Nature Photography, a “how to” guide to color landscape photography. Jack Dykinga’s ARIZONA, released fall 2004 from Westcliffe Publishers, is a compellation of Jack’s best Arizona images along with his personal wilderness experiences.

Additionally, he has also collaborated with Mexico’s Agrupacion Sierra Madre to help produce their latest book on the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, printed in both Spanish and English.

Currently, he serves on the board of The Sonoran National Park Project in an effort to create a new Bi-National Park on the Arizona/Sonora, Mexico border.

He has also focused on Texas/Mexican border highlighting the biological richness and diversity of the protected areas along the Rio Grande River corridor which appeared in the February 2007, National Geographic Magazine.

In April, 2007, Jack and four other photographers: Thomas Mangelsen, U.S.A.; Patricio Robles Gil, Mexico; Fulvio Eccardi, Italy & Mexico; and Florien Schultz from Germany, became the first ever R.A.V.E. (Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition) for the International League of Conservation Photographers, to document the El Triunfo Cloud forest in Chiapas, Mexico, drawing attention to the threatened habitat there.”

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