Archive for July 13, 2009


Recently I transcribed Bill Jay’s acceptance speech from the 2008 ICP Infinity Awards to add to my May 13th post noting his sad passing.  In addition, I added information sent to me by readers of the blog, and added Gerry Badger’s obituary of Bill’s life on the BJP website  to my original post.   I encourage those interested to review the post for updates.

You can link to this updated post from  by clicking here

Bill, we miss you!


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July 20: Submission deadline, LACDA International Juried Competition

from the e-blast:


Rita Gonzalez
Curator of Contemporary Art, L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA

Rex Bruce
Director, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art

Deadline for entries: July 20, 2009

“Enter our juried competition for digital art, digital photography, video and new media. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to their creation are acceptable. We accept digital art stills of any kind, digital photogaphy, short experimental time-based video, video loops, 3D and all other digital video animations, mobile media and interactive new media or internet art ( works of any kind.

The competition is international, and open to all geographic locations.

Video, interactive and new media are accepted by DVD/CD. Internet art ( entries are viewed at their original URL. Still image entries are acceped by jpeg upload. Still image winners are printed by the gallery for exhibition to eliminate the need for shipping, especially for international artists.

The selected winners will be exhibited as the central focus of the “DigitalArt.LA” expo in a large group exhibit at the LACDA gallery. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artists. The expo runs August 14-16 (concurrent with and promoted by the Downtown Art Walk and the Downtown Film Festival). The winners exhibit will remain in the gallery August 14-September 6.

This is an extremely rare opportunity to exhibit alongside top institutions and have your work viewed by a LACMA curator!

All entries are given special consideration for exhibiting at LACDA and outside exhibitions where we are featured. Artists participating in our competitions form the pool of artists from which we select the vast majority of those featured at LACDA and are often considered by our associated network of galleries and curators. Proceeds from the competition support these gallery programs and the DigitalArt.LA expo. Juror Rex Bruce has curated and participated in over 75 exhibits since the founding of LACDA in 2004 and is internationally recognized as a leader and expert in the field.”

L.A. Center For Digital Art
107 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

For more information click here.


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July 17 in Santa Fe: Gallery walk, “Through The Lens: Creating Santa Fe” exhibition with co-Curator Krista Elrick

Friday, July 17 , 6 pm at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe:

Photographers and Their Places

Krista Elrick, fine-art photographer, educator, and co-curator of Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe will do a Gallery Walk Through of Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe.

The exhibition continues through October 25th; visit the exhibition website to view the images included in the exhibition, as  video interviews with co-curators Krista Elrick and MaryAnne Redding, as well as many of the participating artists.  

A beautiful exhibition catalog has been produced to accompany the show, which includes images made in the region from 1880 to the present.   From the exhibition website:

“UNESCO designated Santa Fe, New Mexico, the first “Creative City” in the United States in 2005. Since the arrival of the railroad in 1880, Santa Fe has actively promoted its image as a leading arts destination. Much has been written about the contributions painters and crafts people have made to attracting diverse peoples to the region, lured by images depicted in paintings, woodcuts, and engravings and by indigenous textiles, ceramics, basketry, and jewelry. Until now, however, little Catalog Coverhas been written about the contributions photography has made to the creation of Santa Fe in both its public and private personas.

From the 1880s to the present, photography has been used effectively both to document and to promote Santa Fe. Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe tells the visual history of place and of the medium that contributed so much to its public invention. The selected images, representing more than one hundred noted photographers, illuminate the multiple meanings of place given to this evolving landscape and its various inhabitants.

Included are early practitioners Jesse Nusbaum, Ben Wittick, and Thomas J. Curran, Christian G. Kaadt, Parkhurst and Curtis; and such artists of renown as Lewis Baltz, Paul Caponigro, Lee Friedlander, Adams,Weston, and Strand. Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe provides contextual perspective on how photography has been used over the years to record and promote Santa Fe’s image but also is a history of photography from its earliest days of documentation to the fine-art status it gained in its own right among the arts of the Southwest. The book, in addition, is a visual record of transformation in Santa Fe over the last 130 years that reveals existential experiences resulting from shifting boundaries, differing patterns of cultural behavior, and changing perspectives of natural, man-made, and symbolic environments. While some of the photographs, panoramas, or aerial shots, for example, provide a broad perspective on these transformations, Through the Lensalso contains photographs that reveal a more personal side of the city’s social history and the overlays of Native American, Hispano, and Anglo cultures interacting locally.

[about the editors]

Mary Anne Redding, a curator, archivist, and arts administrator, is the Curator of Photography at the Palace of the Governors/ New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe. Redding has duel Master’s Degrees in Arts Administration and Information and Library Science as well as advanced studies in photography and art history.

Krista Elrick (M.F.A. Photography, 1990; B.A. Cultural Anthropology, 1980) is a photographer whose work is exhibited nationally and has been included in such publications as Never Say Goodbye: The Albuquerque Rephotographic Survey Project. A Santa Fe resident, she regularly lectures on the photographic history of the West.”

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