Archive for June, 2008

Second Annual CoPA Juried Exhibition: Deadline June 25

From the event press release:

Coalition of Photographic Arts
P.O. Box 510464
Milwaukee, WI

Coalition of Photographic Arts calls for submissions from WI, IL, MN and MI to Second Annual Juried Show, George Slade to be juror.

Wisconsin’s fastest growing arts organization, the Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA) is proud to announce the call for submissions for CoPA’s Second Annual Juried Exhibition. Artist working in photography in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Michigan are invited to submit up to 5 images for consideration. George Slade, Artistic Director of the Minnesota Center for Photography, will jury this year’s exhibition.
Slade also served as Program Director for the Minnesota Center for Photography/McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships for Photographers, and is an adjunct assistant curator in the Department of Photography at The Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. Slade’s expert eye in selecting work has been honed over the years. He has been a panelist and portfolio reviewer for the Ohio Arts Council, Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota State Fair, Fotofest’s Meeting Place, Society for Photographic Education, Critical Mass and Photolucida. Slade is also a prolific writer, having contributed reviews and essays to the Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Photography, exposure, Photo-eye Booklist, Minnesota History, and other publications. Slade lives in St. Paul with his two daughters.
In inviting Slade to serve as Juror, CoPA president Sonja Thomsen wrote, “We had our first CoPA juried show last August at Walkers Point Center for the Arts with Brian Ulrich as our juror. The exhibition was open to photographers from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. The exhibition was a wonderful success for both CoPA and Milwaukee in giving exposure to important work being made in the region. CoPA would like to continue to set this standard with our second juried exhibition, scheduled for this fall at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts in Milwaukee Wisconsin.”
This event follows the successful Inaugural Juried Exhibit held in 2007. Juror Brian Ulrich, photographer in Chicago IL, curated an exciting exhibition that was well received in the city and Midwest region. Curators from the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Art Institute of Chicago came to view the exhibition. The Milwaukee Art Museum’s Photo Council collected two of the works in the exhibition. With the inclusion of a fourth state (Michigan) to the roster and the insight of juror George Slade, this year’s show promises to be an even bigger success.

Original photographic (film or digital) work executed in 2005 or later, will be accepted. Images must be submitted on CD or DVD.

The entry fee is $35.00 for up to five images. CoPA membership benefit waives the entry fee for all CoPA member entries.

The postmark deadline for submissions is June 25. The juror will select work for the show keeping in mind the constraints and possibilities of the exhibition space at WPCA.

Guidelines for submissions to the 2008 second annual Juried Show are available on CoPA’s website at

The 2008 Second Annual Juried Show will run September 12 – October 18, 2008 at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, 911 W. National Avenue, Milwaukee WI 53204.

The Coalition of Photographic Arts, founded in December 2004, is designed to develop appreciation, promote growth, and support the creation of fine art photography in the greater Milwaukee region. CoPA’s goal is to cultivate awareness of contemporary photography through educational programs, lectures, panel discussions, and exhibitions. The organization aims to be the primary resource for fine art photography information in the Milwaukee area. CoPA’s website features information about general photography news and events, profiles of member photographers, a listing of photography exhibits currently on display, and resources for members. Connections within the photographic community are fostered through monthly member meetings and yearly exhibitions. Members include artists, students, professionals, amateurs, enthusiasts, and collectors.

For more information please visit the CoPA website at


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“ACCESS TO LIFE” Exhibition at The Corcoran in DC 6/14 – 7/20

From the Corcoran website:


Exhibition on view at the Corcoran from June 14 – July 20, 2008

In 2007, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria initiated a joint project with Magnum Photos to graphically document the positive impact that free antiretroviral drug treatment is having on the lives of millions of AIDS patients around the world. The AIDS pandemic is the greatest public health challenge the world has ever faced. It has had a particularly devastating impact in many parts of the world where access to even basic health care is limited. Internationally, the story of AIDS’ toll on communities is better known than the efforts financed by organizations like the Global Fund. Through carefully-monitored grants, the Global Fund supports treatment for millions of AIDS patients, individuals who would face certain death if antiretroviral drugs were not made available for free. Access to Life is an artistic and educational response to the lifesaving success of this effort.

To document its efforts, the Global Fund turned to photographic cooperative Magnum Photos in order to utilize the talents of the some of the best photographers in the world. An international team of eight noted photographers traveled to nine countries to document the transformative effects of treatment on more than thirty individuals and their families. The photographic team included Americans Jim Goldberg, Eli Reed and Steve McCurry; Canadian Larry Towell,; Norwegian Jonas Bendiksen; Italians Paolo Pellegrin and Alex Majoli; and Frenchman Gilles Peress. In India, Haiti, Mali, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland and Vietnam, the photographers created visual chronicles that encompassed their subjects’ lives both before and after drug treatments. The resulting exhibition, curated by William Horrigan, director of media arts at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, is a powerful document of the strong spirit of each patient, of the life-changing impact of the drugs and of the crucial benefit of international funding.

After opening at the Corcoran in June, the exhibition will travel to Mexico City, Paris, London, Berlin, and Rome throughout 2008 and 2009. A book will be launched to coincide with the European launch of the project.

Magnum Photos is a photographic co-operative of great distinction owned by its photographer-members. Acclaimed for their powerful individual vision, Magnum photographers chronicle the world and interpret its people, events, issues, and personalities with empathy for their subjects.

Founded at the Museum of Modern Art upon the close of World War II (1947) by legendary photographers Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David “Chim” Seymour, Magnum Photos celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2007. Today, the agency encompasses more than 70 members of extraordinary talent and diversity and reflects a long-standing tradition of individual vision. Through its four editorial offices in New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo; a digital library of 450,000 images; and a network of 15 sub-agents, Magnum Photos provides photographs to the press, publishers, advertising, galleries, and museums across the world. Its Cultural Department produces more than 200 exhibitions per year worldwide. By capturing defining moments of the 20th century with iconic images that have shaped our collective memory, Magnum Photos continues to set a standard for photographic integrity and authorship.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is supporting lifesaving treatment with ARVs for more than 1.4 million people worldwide. The Global Fund is a unique global public/private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. This partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector, and affected communities was founded just over six years ago and represents a new approach to international health financing. The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts dealing with the three diseases.

Apart from a high standard of technical quality, the Global Fund attaches no conditions to any of its grants. It is not an implementing agency, instead relying on local ownership and planning to ensure that new resources are directed to programs on the frontline of this global effort to reach those most in need. Its performance-based approach to grant-making is designed to ensure that funds are used efficiently and create real change for people and communities. All programs are monitored by independent organizations contracted by the Global Fund to ensure that its funding has an impact in the fight against these three pandemics.

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Professional Development Workshop from EnFoco on JUNE 28 in NYC

From the En Foco website:

Artistic & Professional Development Workshops

“Successful Strategies for Professional Photographers”

Instructor: Lauri Lyons

June 28, 2008, 12-2 p.m.

Open to all, this seminar is designed to build solid career-building skills for emerging photographers in the fine art and commercial arenas. It will answer frequently asked questions such as:

  • How do I get my work published?
  • How can I get funding for my projects?
  • What does a good portfolio look like?

Successful Strategies will provide the essential tools to organize, plan, promote your artistic vision and achieve your goals consistently. Participants will be also receive handouts of key points and resources, and a goodie bag.

Topics Covered: Portfolio Presentation & Feedback, Structuring Your Goal, Writing Sponsorship Proposals and Artist Statements, Working with Non-Profit Organizations. This is a great way to prepare your work for our Portfolio Review Sessions in September!

Location: Calumet Photographic
22 West 22nd Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10010
Date: Saturday, June 28, 2008, 12 noon-2pm
Cost: $25 for members; $50 for non-members

Space is limited, so…
BUY NOW to guarantee your spot.

Cancellations accepted ten days in advance of workshop date, for full reimbursement. En Foco credit given up to five days before workshop.

Lauri Lyons, was born in the Bronx, New York. She earned a BFA for Photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and then came to En Foco for an internship, which led to her first New York City exhibition as a Touring Gallery Artist. In the years following, Lyons worked as a Photo Editor for Magnum Photos, The Source Magazine, B.E.T, and Essence Magazine. She has created and photographed essays in Brazil, Mexico, West Africa, and the United States. Her photographs and essays have appeared in such publications as Fortune, Stern, The Fader, Trace, Vibe, and The London Observer. Her advertising clients include Pepsi and McDonald’s. Lyons’ work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Civil Rights Museum. Flag: An American Story (Vision On Publishing) is her first published book. ‘In The Frame’ is an award winning documentary film about her work as a photographer, featured in October 2006 at Angelica Film Theatre in New York City. She is a faculty member of the International Center of Photography, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Educational Alliance, and is the Director of Photography for the Leave Out Violence youth program. She is commercially represented by Getty Images.

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“FOOT IN DOOR: En Foco’s Free Professional Development Workshop June 13th

From the En Foco program website:

Emerging Photographers: Get Your Work Noticed!

WHAT: Come to En Foco‘s FREE professional development seminar, “Foot in the Door: Tips for Submitting your Work”

WHY: With so much competition, how can you make your work stand out? Learn about the tips, standard guidelines and procedures needed to apply for grants, artist residencies, exhibition and publication opportunities.

WHEN: Friday, June 13, 2008, 6-8pm

WHERE: El Taller Boricua Gallery
Julia De Burgos Latino Cultural Center
1680 Lexington Ave at 106th, New York, NY 10029
About the Presenter:

Marisol Díaz (En Foco Program Director) has been with En Foco since 1999, and in addition to curating its Touring Gallery exhibitions, her accomplishments include teaching photography classes at the Bronx International High School, Bronx River Art Center, the Millbrook Community Center in the Bronx, and Pelham Hutchinson Elementary in Pelham, NY, Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Bronx Council on the Arts and Pepatián. Díaz has served as a panelist for the Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx Net and Coca Cola’s Art in Harmony program and is a current member of NPPA. She is a recipient of the Brio Award (Bronx Recognizes its Own, 2004) from the Bronx Council on the Arts and the NY State Senate Award for her contribution to the arts in her community (2002). Her work has been exhibited in several galleries and alternative spaces in New York and Philadelphia.

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MVS to Houston Soon, Giving Lecture at HCP 6/26 to Benefit Newly Established “John Cleary Library”

As many of my readers will recall, my friend and gallerist John Cleary passed away suddenly earlier this year. I am going to be in Houston June 21-28 to work with his print and photobook collection, meet with my clients and most importantly give a lecture to benefit the John Cleary Library at the Houston Center for Photography during the exhibition of images from John’s collection of children, on view at HCP through July 13th.

Shortly before John passed away, HCP honored him by naming their newly established learning library the “John Cleary Library.”

It is my pleasure to present a lecture at HCP on the evening of June 26th with all proceeds benefitting the John Cleary Library (reception 7:30 p.m., lecture at 8 p.m.; book signing to follow).

While I have lectured at FotoFest during its educational programming within recent Biennial programming, this will be the first time I will present “Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs” in Houston. This presentation will be free to HCP members, non-members fee will be $12.00.

I will have copies of my book “The Business of Photography: Principles and Practices” will be for sale at a discounted rate, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the John Cleary Library.

Texans: head down from San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, or up from Galveston, over from Beaumont… Come out and support HCP’s new John Cleary LibraryI

I hope to meet many of you there.


From the HCP Calendar:

Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs
Thursday June 26, 2008, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Mary Virginia Swanson

Finding Your Audience: an Introduction to Marketing your Photography will provide artists with a road map to getting their work in front of those with whom they most wish to share it. Doing one’s homework towards the contemporary art market, engaging in a dialogue with peers as well as one’s industry, and presenting one’s artwork are at the core of this event. The value of entering juried competitions and maximizing one’s investment in attending art fairs and portfolio review events will be discussed as well as creating effective promotional materials to keep in touch with those on your mailing list. Lastly, the benefits of a multimedia presence today will be discussed, within a broader discussion about new markets for photographers.

Ms. Swanson will have copies of her self-published book THE BUSINESS OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Principles and Practices available at a discounted price for those attending the presentation; books are available at $30 for HCP members and $35 for non-members.

Finding Your Audience is free to all HCP members and is $12 for non-members.
Reservations are recommended but not required.

In honor of her friend, collector and photography dealer John Cleary, Ms. Swanson will donate all proceeds from the lecture and a portion of the evening’s book sales to HCP’s John Cleary Library.

Mary Virginia Swanson makes it her goal to help photographers find the strengths in their work and identify appreciative audiences for their prints, exhibitions, editorial and licensing placement. Ms. Swanson has a diverse professional background, having coordinated educational, publication and exhibitions programs for a wide range of institutions and businesses in the field of photography and is considered an expert in the area of marketing and licensing fine art. It was during her tenure heading special projects at Magnum Photos that she recognized the opportunities for artists to develop second markets for their work, and in 1991 she founded SWANSTOCK, an innovative agency managing licensing rights for fine art photographers. Her workshops and lectures on the subjects of marketing opportunities and awareness have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next level. She also consults with business and agencies in the photographic industry to aid in their awareness of contemporary photography.
Ms. Swanson currently works individually with photographers as a marketing consultant to guide artists in their careers. She maintains a popular blog about marketing and she is the author of her self-published The Business of Photography: Principles and Practices (2007). Visit her website and link to her popular blog at

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AAF ART FAIR in NYC SOON; Panel on Collecting Photography 6/12 @ 7 p.m.

The Affordable Art Fair (AAF) returns to New York City on June 12-15th at the Metropolitan Pavilion (click here for map).

From the event website:

“AAF NYC is the place for new and established collectors to discover and buy paintings, drawings, sculptures, video, photography and limited edition prints from distinguished galleries, all priced from $100 – $10,000. This year the Fair will host more than 70 galleries from the US, Europe, Asia, Canada and South America.”

In addition to seeing great work and keeping an eye on prices, edition sizes, presentation format and more, consider attending the following panel discussion at the fair on Thursday evening June 12th:

Lecture Series
The Affordable Art Fair is proud to partner with the School of Visual Arts on our public programming series. SVA will host the following programs in The Altman Building/Metropolitan Pavilion, Lower Level:

In Focus: Collecting Photography – A panel discussion moderated by Michael Foley, Owner of FOLEYgallery. THURSDAY @ 7pm FREE with general admission.

Fair Hours:

Wed June 11, 6pm – 9pm
Private Preview Cocktail Reception
Thu June 12, 12pm – 9pm
Fri June 13, 12pm – 8pm
Sat June 14, 12pm – 8pm
Sun June 15, 12pm – 5pm

Please note that there will be no admission to the fair 20 minutes prior to closing.
General Admission $17/day
Students and Seniors $12/day
Group discount rates $10/day
Children under 12 FREE

Father’s Day, Sun, June 15th: Fathers get in free with their children

Venue: The Altman Building/The Metropolitan Pavilion

135 West 18th Street, New York City

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“Critter Fest” Event and Exhibition Opening in New Orleans June 7th

From the website for New Orleans Photo Alliance:


Saturday, June 7, 1-6 pm
1100 block of St. Mary Street in New Orleand
Join the New Orleans Photo Alliance on Saturday, June 7 from 1-6 pm at the 1100 block of St. Mary Street, near the Magazine split for CRITTER FEST!

Bring the whole family, and your four legged friends, to celebrate NOPA’s latest exhibit, Critters, juried by photographer Keith Carter, which opens June 7th and will be on view at the NOPA Gallery, 1111 St. Marys Street, through July 26th.

The celebration will be offer critter ID chipping, dog and cat adoptions, a variety of critter vendors, live music and fun.

Have your pet’s photo taken as well to preserve the day forever.

Entertainment at the event:
· Carl Mack 1pm
· Treme Brass Band 2pm
· David & Roselyn 4pm

And, from the NOPA Blog:

Congratulations to the following artists whose work has selected for the exhibition CRITTERS:

Chris Brown – Caterpillars
Annie Walker – Albino
Rick Lineberger – Pointer
Beverly Coates – Cow Nose
Bill Varccaro – Scottie
Dede Lusk – Sheep Dogs
Hanah Neal – Window Dog
Rene Zietz – Mean Cat
Tami Bone – Birdman
Juliana Hoffpauir – Reddy’s Nose
Michelle Wuttke – Snail
Rene Allie – Rooster
Matthew Benton – Lavender Bee
Warren Harold – Wet Dogs
Ann Texter – Flamingo Dream
Shannon Stoney – Steer
Chricel Portela – Dirty Pig
George Long – Jester
Daniel Smith – Swampadillo
Barbara Gasdaglis – Gals Gossip
Jon Shiu – Speckled Hen
Grissel Giuliano – Chick Study 3
L. Kyle Roberts – Ersy’s Asylum
Jennifer Shaw – Crane Fly in Repose
Wendy Ploger – Hooray for Ernie
Kevin Kline – Roach in Glass # 2
Katharine Farmer – Laughing Shadow
Laura D’Alessandro – Darwin’s Nightmare Critter #1
Thom Bennett- Poet’s Hand
Charles Hedgcock – Long-Legged Black Ant

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