Archive for April 26, 2010

FotoFest 2010 Biennial: it’s a wrap!

Hats off to Wendy Watriss, Fred Baldwin and EVERYONE at FotoFest – staff, guest curators, artists, reviewers, countless volunteers – for their incredible offerings at the 2010 Biennial.  The exhibitions, reviewer at The Meeting Place, and educational programs won’t soon be forgotten!   One look at the calendar of events will convince you that 2012 is not to be missed!

Note that several Biennial exhibitions continue through this month, see this link for FotoFest in April activities.

Visit the FotoFest online store to purchase a copy of the Catalogue of exhibitions – a terrific resource!

Remember too that in addition to the Biennials, FotoFest offers year-round arts and educational programming under the title “LITERACY THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY: The FotoFest Writing and Photography Project (LTP).”  FotoFest offered tours of its exhibitions for local schools, and created an educational curriculum with seven lesson plans and CD’s “that explore the role photographers have played and continue to play in shaping, entrenching and challenging assumptions about the social life and culture in the United States.  Students will reflect upon their personal experiences of living in the United States in the fomr of writing and photography while addressing tough issues such as the environment, the economy, race and war.”

To see a sample of the introduction and the first lesson of the My United States Biennial Curriculum, click here.

To visit the Teacher’s Resources page click here.

One of the LTP upcoming offerings:

FOTOFENCE 2010 Opening reception May 9, 2-4 pm

Exhibition runs May 9-19.

“FotoFence is the annual celebration of student artwork, photography and writing from FotoFest’s Literacy Through Photography (LTP) Program.

The impact of all that is FotoFest has been felt in Houston for over 25 years – a generation of visual literacy and empowerment!


FotoFest has announced a FOTOFEST PARIS 2010, a partnership with Lens Culture and Speos to be held just prior to Paris Photo and le Mois de la Photo, making the week of NOVEMBER 15-21 in Paris not to be missed.   Registration will open in May; sign up for the email list on See you there!


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On NPR this morning: Art exhibitions at the San Francisco Airport!

I travel by air frequently.  Some of my favorite exhibitions have been on view at airports, and my lectures are always populated with art I have recently seen in airports as an example of venues with a large viewing audience. Among them, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) stands out as one of the best.

This morning NPR featured a wonderful story on art in the airport. I love the fact that they have an educational program in conjunction with their exhibitions, offering a downloadable PDF; check out this one which accompanies the “Woven Legacies” exhibition.

Here is the link to the story on NPR’s Morning Edition today.

Here is the “ABOUT” section of the website:

“In 1980 the San Francisco Airport Commission entered into a collaboration with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to create a museum program at the San Francisco International Airport. After a successful first year, a department (now San Francisco Airport Museums) was established to create exhibitions that would humanize the Airport environment and create an ambience in the Airport that reflects the sophistication and cultural diversity of the City and County of San Francisco and the entire Bay Area.

Over the years, this program has grown from modest beginnings in North Terminal (now Terminal 3) to an extensive museum within the Airport. Today, the San Francisco Airport Museums features approximately twenty galleries throughout the Airport terminalsdisplaying a rotating schedule of art, history, science, and cultural exhibitions, as well as the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, a permanent collection dedicated to the history of commercial aviation.

San Francisco Airport Museums is the first of its kind in the United States of America and is now a widely imitated model for museums operating in public arenas. In 1999, San Francisco Airport Museums became the first museum in an airport to receive accreditation from the American Association of Museums.

Unlike most public arts programs, this program is never static. Exhibitions change throughout the year in an effort to provide an educational and cultural experience for the nearly 30 million passengers who use the Airport annually. Over the years, the Airport’s audience surveys reveal that the exhibitions program ranks high in the top five services that the Airport offers to passengers. The San Francisco Airport Museums has become an integral part of the San Francisco International Airport. Each exhibition is curated specifically for the Airport by a staff of museum professionals who are Airport employees. The exhibitions are an established Airport tradition that attracts visitors from throughout the world.”

In the past, one of the SFO Curators has participated as a Reviewer in the “Our World” event each spring, sponsored by PhotoAlliance.

Do you know the curator at your local airport?  Are they on your mailing list?   They should be!

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