ALASKA! Upcoming Lecture, exhibitions and workshops in Anchorage, and the Homer Photo Fest 2009 in Homer, Alaska

If the heat is getting to you, head to Alaska….

Check out all the activities gathered onto the ASMP Alaska’s calendar page.  

Highlights include Hal Gage’s “Alaska’s Coastal Landscapes” workshop July 25-26, a lecture entitled “Pursing Your Passion in Photography” by Eddie Soloway on July 30th at 7 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center (free and open to the public) and a workshop July 31 – August 2nd, sponsored by the Alaska Photographic Center.

The next week:

A great event is happening in August in Homer, Alaska on the spectacular Kachemak Bay.  

Guest presenters are  Keith Carter, Barry McWayne, Ted Orland and Amy Scott.

For 5 days, a group of individuals will live and breathe fresh air, fresh fish and PHOTOGRAPHY.  I was invited to participate this year but regretfully had to decline due to prior commitments, and hope to make the trip sometime.

Headquarters: The Alaska Ridgetop Inn.  Format: unique among the photo events I have been to in that the schedule allows for dialogue and print sharing, lectures and casual conversations (see Keith Carter’s title “Gumbo Ya Ya” in the event schedule below).  Sounds fantastic!

From the event webpage:

“Organizers are working on the final details of the Homer Photo Fest 2009 featuring citywide photography exhibitions, delectable seafood opening treats, portfolio reviews, workshops, lectures and round table discussions about… (what else) PHOTOGRAPHY!

Here’s a snap shot of the Festival: The Homer Photo Fest will take place August 4th – 8th, 2009. Join us for five days of workshops, one on one portfolio reviews, public lectures by noted invited national artists and exhibitions by three award winning photographers. All this kicks off with an opening night gala, exhibitions throughout the week by three featured winners of the Homer Photo Fest Nationwide Portfolio Competition. If that doesn’t get you to Homer then the food will. Each opening night reception will feature along with excellent art, the very best in Wild Alaskan Seafood and other culinary delights. The Homer Photo Fest ends with a seafood banquet dinner as a send-off to a very fun filled week of photography. Click on the EVENT link for a complete schedule.

As part of the Homer week of Photography, Homer Photo Fest sponsors a portfolio competition open to photographers nationwide. Photographers working in all photographic mediums and formats are welcome to submit a minimum of 15 (maximum of 20) photographs along with an artist statement about their body of work. Our four invited guest photographic arts professionals will judge the entries, select one “juror’s choice” artist who will receive round trip airfare to Homer and a solo exhibition of their selected portfolio during the Homer Photo Fest. The juror’s will also award two honorable mentions that will also receive solo exhibitions during the Homer Photo Fest. All selected artist will receive a $300 monetary award. Click on the PORTFOLIO COMPETITION link for rules and entry form.

Guest Artists 
(serving as portfolio competition jurors, portfolio reviewers, and lecturers):

Keith Carter is an internationally recognized fine art photographer and professor at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
Barry McWayne is a fine art photographer living and working in Alaska and is Curator of Fine Arts Emeritus at the Univerisity Museum of the North in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Ted Orland is an educator, designer and a nationally recognized fine art photographer teaching at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Amy Scott is the Curator of Visual Arts at the Autry National Center, Los Angeles, California.


Homer Photo Fest is a collaboration of the Bunnell Street Gallery, Homer Council on the Arts, Pratt Museum, Homer Photographic Center and the Kachemak Bay Campus-Kenai Peninsula College/UAA. Additional support generously provided by the Alaska State Council on the Art and Gage Photo Graphic.”


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