Archive for July, 2010

MVS to Phoenix next week: visiting exhibitions, attending lectures, and consultations with artists

I’m looking forward to heading up to Phoenix for a few days next week to do a number of things.

I encourage you to attend curator Rebecca Senf’s lecture next Wednesday night at the Phoenix Art Museum:

Edward Steichen. Three Pears and an Apple. 1910. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the photographer, 1964 (368.1964). Digital Image ©The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY. Reprinted with permission of Joanna T. Steichen.
Cézanne and Modern Photography

August 4, 7pm

“Paul Cézanne’s influence on painting is obvious, but what about his effect on photography? From Edward Steichen’s still lifes of fruit to Alfred Stieglitz’s portraits of bathers, Norton Family Curator of Photography Rebecca Senf, Ph.D., discusses how early American photography reflects Cézanne’s infamous subject matter, composition and style.”

This lecture is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Cezanne and American Modernism” which continues through September 26th at PAM.

Also on view at PAM: I am looking forward to seeing the new newly installed exhibition “Creative Continuum: The History of the Center for Creative Photography” (through November 28th).

Heading west to Scottsdale I can’t wait to see the new exhibition at Lisa Sette Gallery:

From the Ground Up – a summer group exhibition dealing with themes of the environment and the natural world.

Featuring the work of Kim Cridler, Binh Danh, Lalla Essaydi, Valerie Hammond, Rick Hards, Alan Bur Johnson, Jessica Joslin, Mark Klett, Mayme Kratz, Chema Madoz, Carrie Marill, Matthew Moore, Beverly Penn, Mike & Doug Starn and Jo Whaley.

And last but not least, a second visit to Scottsdale SMoCA to view “Re-imagining the West” which will close August 22nd.

During this trip I will have time to accept a limited number of private consultations; if interested please visit my website to learn more about these offerings.

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Milwaukee, August 4th: “Exposure” Inaugural Photography Council Benefit at MAM

I applaud all museums that organize special study groups by curatorial department, fostering a broader awareness of connoisseurship in the arts among members of their community.  The Milwaukee Art Museum has launched the Photography Council, and it will be hosting a benefit this coming Wednesday, August 4th.

From the e-flier:
“EXPOSURE”  First Annual Photography Council Benefit, open to the public

Wednesday, AUGUST 4 6-10pm

234 West Florida Street, Milwaukee $50 in advance/$60 at the door/$20 with valid student ID SPACE IS LIMITED CALL 414.224.3284 to make your reservations.

BBQ & Beverages-DJ & Dancing-Photos of the Year Slide Slam

Silent Auction with donations from the following artists:

Brian Ulrich/Shimon&Lindemann/Jen Davis/Anna Shteynshleyger/Fred Marsh/Kevin Miyazaki/Jon Gitelson/Colleen Plumb/Melissa Ann Pinney/Sonja Thompson/Aron Gent/Jason Reblando/Ciurej & Lochman/Andy Adams and many more….

Visit Milwaukee Art Museum Photography Council on Facebook for details. Call 414-224-3284 to make your reservation.

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Deadline August 16th: Art & Science Collaborations Inc. Digital Print Competition-Exhibition

From the Art &Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) website:


12th international digital print competition-exhibition organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI)

to be held at the New York Hall of Science

Exhibition dates: October 3, 2010 – January 31, 2011

ENTRY DEADLINE: August 16, 2010



Our blue planet, spinning like a jewel in our solar system, has been perceptually defined by the technology of each era, from believing the Earth was flat, to the scientific understanding that it spins on its axis and has gravitational pull, to being part of just one of many solar systems. In terms of scale, humans are too small to viscerally comprehend our planet’s magnitude and the dynamics of its interconnected physical systems. We therefore break the concepts down into smaller parts, collect data and physical specimens of all kinds, and invent instruments to measure and track physical phenomena like earthquakes, tornados, and hurricanes. However, we still cannot grasp the “big picture” of planet Earth unless we read, look at photos, and finally… use our imagination to construct it!

For Digital’2010, we invite artists and scientists to submit digital prints that reflect their perceptions of our planet. Are these perceptions changing as we learn more about Earth from explorers, scientists, and artists? What is the relationship between all living things and planet Earth? What images are evoked by calling it the blue planet or the peaceful planet or the changing planet? What is the human impact on the whole planet? What is our concern for its future?

Art co-juror, Maddy Rosenberg, is a printmaker, independent curator, and owner/director of Central Booking in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY. Opened in 2009, one of her two gallery spaces and its programming is devoted to shows of science-inspired artwork. Science co-juror, Patrick Hamilton, is the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Director, Environmental Sciences and Earth-System Science. He is currently heading-up the Future Earth Initiative, an NSF-supported set of exhibits and programs that explores the implications of human impact on the Earth. Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) serving the international art-sci-tech field for 22-years  ASCI eBulletin, the most comprehensive information tool in the field.”

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Deadline July 30: Images of the Year Slide Slam at Milwaukee Art Museum Photography Council

An invitation to participate in the Images of the Year Slide Slam to be projected at the 1st Annual Photography Council Benefit, EXPOSURE on August 4, 6-10 pm, at 234 W. Florida Street Milwaukee, WI  53204.
1.  Send the most important photograph you have made in the last year.
2.  Send the most important photograph of the year made by someone else.  (Is it an image you have recently collected? is it from the press? Is it an image you have known for years or a new photograph that moved you?)
Please submit only two jpegs at 72 dpi and 1000px on the longest side.
Please name the files:
Please email your submission to: by 11:59pm JULY 30, 2010
Visit Milwaukee Art Museum Photography Council on Facebook for more details.

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Deadline August 31st: Photo Coleslaw Infinite Summer Invitational

This on-line discussion has no submission fee and is judged by photographers, for photographers:

From the Photo Coleslaw blog:

“Who doesn’t love summer?

Somewhere within the long, hot days and the dripping popsicles lays a sense of unencumbered freedom. A justification to go barefoot and to lay on your back…. In conjunction with this carefree mood, Photo Coleslaw is presenting it’s First Photo Invitational.  During the month of August Photographer, Jennifer Spelman is inviting you to submit 3 photos that key in on the feeling of summer.  Jennifer Spelman is looking for photos that go beyond the cliches and really examine what summer is.  Dig deep, take the theme and make it personal.

Three panelists will discuss why they each chose a photo.  Jennifer Spelman will chime in as well.  A discussion on why these photo rose to the top will ensue.  In reward of the efforts of the three chosen photographers,  Spelman will send them each a matted 8 x 10 print of their choosing from her website.

So you have the entire month of August to shoot.  Put down your slurpee and pick up your camera.  Spelman would love to see what you create.  Send all submissions to  Title the subject line in the email:  Infinite Summer Submission and include up to three jpgs (72 dpi).  All submissions are due by midnight on August 31, 2010.  All submissions must be sent with the inherent permission that they may be posted (and will be credited) on  All decisions by the panelists are final.

The three panelists you need to impress were all chosen for the various perspectives they will bring to their decisions:

DAN MILNOR – Photographer Daniel Milnor splits his time between the smog-choked chaos of Southern California and the spiritual landscape of New Mexico. He is happiest with his notebook, Leica and trusty leather boots, sizing up whatever situation is happening in front of him.  Milnor is former newspaper, magazine and commercial photographer who now tries to work solely on his own projects, projects that allow him to work in the fashion he feels most likely to produce images that go beyond the temporary.  He has taught at several prestigious learning centers such as Art Center College of Design, The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and The Julia Dean Workshops but feels his  most important educational opportunity comes when he is able to spend time with his young nephews, teaching them a range of things that have all, at one time or another, gotten them in trouble at school.  His judging experience is diverse, covering such things as his wife’s cooking, his fathers fashion disasters and all the random people he sees in airports around world, whom he never gives the benefit of the doubt.  But most importantly, Milnor is the author of the blog Smogranch, which allows him to speak his mind, post his mother’s poetry and bring together like-minded people around the globe.

JENNIFER DAVIDSON – As a marine biologist-turned-photographer from a ranching family in rural west Texas, Jennifer’s views of photography are as varied as her personal history.  Much of her time these days is spent on the road teaching photography workshops for Santa Fe Photo Workshops, National Geographic Expeditions and Linblad Expeditions.  She has critiqued over 10,000 photos in her time as an instructor.  When not photographing or encouraging others in their visual journey, Davidson spends her time hiking in the mountains, on the yoga mat or in the kitchen concocting new and unique ice cream flavors to feed her summer addiction.

VICKY  SPELMAN – LANG – Yep, Spelman’s mama.  Her mom has recently retired from almost 20 years in law enforcement.  She also makes a mean lemon-meringue pie.  She’s tough to impress and has a good handle on what summer means. When not helping her son or daughter out in their endeavors, Spelman-Lang is most often found with an imposing pickax in hand, waging war on weeds silly enough to attempt residency  within her pristine yard.”

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July 29: Chelsea Art Walk- 25 galleries in NYC’s Chelsea district participating

From one of my favorite blogs, DART by Peggy Roalf:


Thursday Night in NYC: Chelsea Art Walk
By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tomorrow night, 25 Chelsea galleries will celebrate the hottest summer on record with extended hours and special events as they host the first annual Chelsea Art Walk. In addition, local sponsors will offer food and drink specials throughout the evening. Wanting to find out more, I contacted art dealer Brian Clamp, who offered these details by email.
“The event was organized by Alyssa Menegat, who is the Gallery Manager at Jenkins Johnson Gallery, and Catherine Wyatt, who is the Gallery Manager at ClampArt,” he said. “Their idea was to try to draw people to Chelsea during the hot summer days when foot traffic typically slows down. Many galleries have excellent shows on view in July, and it’s a shame that they might be missed by people who assume the art market is in low gear for the summer.”
Left to right: Flood Street View; Gregory on Ladder; Blue Room. Copyright Dave Anderson, courtesy ClampArt Gallery.

I asked Brian how the idea of his gallery hosting a crepe-making evening with Les Gamins came about. “The idea,” he replied, “was also Catherine’s. Our current exhibition features photographs of New Orleans by Dave Anderson, so she thought the French tie-in made sense. Also,” he concluded, “the point was to involve other local businesses beyond the art world!”


Left to right: Michal Ronnen Safdie, Installation at Andrea Meislin Gallery; Soo Kim, Untitled (Gold woods) 2008, at Julie Saul Gallery; Daniel Hesidence, Untitled (Autumn Buffalo) 2009 (left); Louise Fishman, Violets for My Furs, 2010 (right) at Cheim & Read Gallery. Artwork copyright the artists, courtesy the galleries.

Here’s the lineup as of today: B.E.S. (559 West 22nd Street at 11th Avenue) who will be hosting an after party to cap off the evening with drink specials from 8-10 pm, Le Gamin Cafe/Creperie serving crepes all night at ClampArt (521-531 West 25th Street), Three Tarts Bakery offering 15% off homemade lemonade and ice cream sandwiches and 10% off of giftware, and Tia Pol (205 10th Avenue at 22nd Street) is offering half priced pitchers of Sangria when two people come in for dinner. Also keep an eye out for Cupcake Stop Truck parked on 27th Street and the Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck parked on 24th Street.

Participating galleries: Andrea Meislin Gallery, AC Institute [Direct Chapel], Axelle Fine Arts Galerie, Barry Friedman Ltd., Benrimon Contemporary, BravinLee Programs LLC, Bruce Silverstein, Cheim & Read, ClampArt, Hasted Hunt Kraeutler, J. Cacciola Gallery, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, Joshua Liner Gallery, Julie Saul Gallery, Magnan Metz Gallery, Marlborough Chelsea, Michael Mazzeo Gallery, Mike Weiss Gallery, Morgan Lehman, Noho Gallery, P.P.O.W., Rick Wester Fine Art, Robert Mann Gallery, Sputnik Gallery, Stux Gallery, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Witzenhausen Gallery, Yancey Richardson Gallery, and Yossi Milo Gallery.

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SPE Regional Conference Schedule: 8 conferences to be held between mid-September and Mid-November

Can’t wait until March to participate in another SPE Conference? You don’t have to! SPE’s eight regional conferences provide an opportunity for members and the public to share their work on an intimate scale along with great educational presentations.

Remember to take advantage of the conference hotel discounts before they expire.

And remember too to SAVE THE DATE:  2011 SPE National Conference “Science, Poetry and the Photographic Image” will be held in Atlanta, Georgia  March 10-13, 2011.

The lineup for this fall’s REGIONAL CONFERENCES is as follows; follow event weblink for complete details:

Midwest 2010 Conference “Time for Light”

September 30 – October 2, 2010

Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI

South Central 2010 Conference “Spirits of the Times”

October 7 – 9, 2010

University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR

Southeast 2010 Conference “Grounded”

October 21 – 24, 2010

The Aloft Hotel Tallahassee, FL

Southwest 2010 Conference “Altering Perspectives”

October 22 – 24, 2010

Prescott College Prescott, AZ & the Marriott Spring Hill Suites Prescott

including a special exhibition and session honoring Bill Jay

Mid-Atlantic Region Fall Members’ Event (tentative)

Friday October 29, 2010

Held in conjunction with Photo Plus Expo, NYC 12 – 5 pm Portfolio Reviews 5 – 7 pm Cocktail Networking Party

Northwest 2010 Conference “Photography Now”

November 5 – 7, 2010

Newspace Center for Photography Portland, OR

Northeast 2010 Conference “The Experiential in Photography”

November 5 – 7, 2010

RISD Museum & The Hampton Inn Hotel Providence, RI

West 2010 Conference “New Sites”

November 12 – 14, 2010

San Diego City College and the Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, CA

For more SPE regional information please visit

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