Archive for July 6, 2010

July 21st in Minneapolis: Marketing Lecture By Mary Virginia Swanson, Open to the Public

Here are the details for my upcoming lecture in Minneapolis (note: there has been a change to a larger venue ):

DATE: WEDNESDAY, July 21st  7:00 pm (doors open at 6:15)  FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Reservations are required to ensure space; please email with “MVS TALK” in the subject line to reserve seats.

LOCATION: The Art Institutes International Minnesota’s Pence Building Campus,  800 Hennepin Avenue South at 8th Street, downtown Minneapolis.

From the press release:

“BEYOND PRINT: Creative Communication in the Digital Era”

Developing new audiences across the world has never been easier for artists, or more affordable.   To communicate effectively, artists must consider who their target audience is, “where” they are (both geographically and within the digital environment), and how to best communicate to them.  As artists transition from primarily print pieces into websites and e-communication, can their brand graphics continue to be effective?  What aspects and elements of their self-promotion can seamlessly migrate to the web and into social networks? What artist statements and other text components will need to be altered in style or length to generate interest in the artist’s work?   Mary Virginia Swanson will discuss identifying your audience, the need to communicate in the “space” they live online, and in the most suitable language.  Examples of effective print pieces, websites, emails and social network pages will be shared to underscore the value of brand continuity and clarity.
This lecture is sponsored by Art Institutes International Minnesota with co-sponsorship of the Photography Program and Photo Club.”

I hope to see many of you in Minneapolis later this month!!

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Deadline July 13th: Low Tech Call for Entries at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado

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Juror: Christa Dix, Founder and Director of wall space gallery
Submission Deadline: July 13, 2010

From the Center for Fine Art Photography website:

Specimen 5 © Galina Kurlat, Print from Ambrotype



The Center is currently celebrating the low-tech processes and is interested in exhibiting the best low-tech images that photographers are producing. This call is open to all subjects and styles of photography that include a low tech means of image making or printing. This includes, but is not limited to; toy, Holga and Diana cameras, Pinhole, Wet Plate Collodian, Photograms, Callotypes, Cyanotypes, Polaroid and other traditional processes.


Crista Dix

Crista Dix is the Founder and Director of wall space gallery in Seattle and Santa Barbara. Starting in this creative field as a photographer, collector and lover of the visual image, Crista decided to put down her camera and utilize her years of business management to help promote photographers and photography. With a background in science, business and creative arts, she has created a gallery space that celebrates artists’ vision. She has been a member of numerous panels and discussions, juried creative competitions and has participated in major portfolio reviews across the country.


With selection for this exhibition, featured artist’s work will be seen by an international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and other advocates of fine art photography. Each participant will be included in the Center’s Main Gallery exhibition and Online Gallery exhibition.

liveBooks Website Award: Valued at $399 each, two artists will receive a one year subscription for a website from

Juror’s Selection Award: $300 and a Blurb book award from

Director’s Selection Award: $200 and a Blurb book award from

Honorable Mention Award: $100

All exhibitors are included in the Center’s online gallery

Eligibility: The exhibition is open to all photographers world wide, both amateur and professional. The Center invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate in its exhibitions.

Exhibit Prints: All accepted images submitted for exhibition must be printed and framed or mounted professionally. The Center recognizes that some work is non traditional and incorporates the framing as an integral part of the presentation. To encourage participation by photographers from around the world, the Center offers optional economical printing and framing services. Additional details will be provided upon request.


Entries due: July 13, 2010

Notice of acceptance: July 23, 2010

Exhibition dates: Oct 1 – 30, 2010

Public / Artists’ Reception: Oct 1 from 6-9pm


Members: $20 for the first five images.

Non-Members: $35 for the first five images.

Additional images may be submitted for $10 each. There is no limit to the number of images that may be submitted.

Applicants signing up for membership at the time they submit their work for jurying may become a member and meet the entry fee for a total of $77.00 USD.

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July 13: Robert Dawson Lecture “Empire of Thirst” in San Francisco; one of three exhibitions on view at SFPL

Three exhibitions are on view at the San Francisco Public Library:

EMPIRE OF THIRST: Robert Dawson’s Photographs of Water in the West

CALIFORNIA DELTA: Rural Charms and Natural Beauty by Rich Turner  (opens July 10)


HAND BOOKBINDERS of CALIFORNIA: 38th Anniversary Exhibition

In conjunction with his solo exhibition “Empire of Thirst: Robert Dawson’s Photographs of Water in the West” which continues through August 1st in the Jewett Gallery at the the San Francisco Public Library, Robert Dawson will give an Artist’s Talk. Details as follows:

TUESDAY, July 13th, 6:30 p.m.  at the Koret Auditorium; 100 Larkin Street at Grove

From the Library’s webpage for this exhibition:

“In numerous projects over the past 30 years documenting the west, photographer Robert Dawson has found inspiration in water. He sees water as the most compelling metaphor and prescient symbol for the attitudes that have shaped the landscape of the American West. The San Francisco Public Library is hosting a special exhibition this summer that combines images from several of Dawson’s photography projects in Empire of Thirst – Robert Dawson’s Photographs of Water in the West, in the Jewett Gallery, Main Library, on view June 26 through Aug. 1.

The full range of our nation’s regard for the natural world has manifested itself in western water history. Dawson’s photography examines these cultural values and attitudes—from loving stewardship and respect to outrageous abuse and plunder—that have brought us to this critical point with the natural world. While the water crisis is global, Dawson has chosen to focus on the American West. It is here that the impact of rapid development of arid lands is immediately visible for all to see.

“Growing up in California I was always aware of the importance of water. I can still remember the panic of my parents in 1956 when California’s intricate levee system almost broke after an enormous rain and threatened to flood all of Sacramento. The urgency of our six-year drought in the 1980s focused my thinking about water in the West,” explains Dawson.

Included in the exhibition are both color and black and white photographs that address the issue of water. Some of Dawson’s work looks at our culture’s desire to possess, control and shape the land and water to our needs, other photographs document the misuse of water and still others examine a complex, evolving relationship to water that Dawson hopes to influence with his work.

The exhibition draws from five separate photographic projects including The Great Central Valley Project which examines California’s agricultural heartland and the reshaping of that intensively farmed valley. The Water in the West Project looks at attitudes toward agriculture, mining, resource development, recreation, Native Americans, growth and environmental controversy. The Truckee River-Pyramid Lake Project explores one western water system and the conflict over its water by the Paiute Indians, the ranchers of western Nevada and the city of Reno. The Farewell, Promised Land Project examines California’s environment and its history. The fifth project is the result of his recent work as the first Photographer-in-Residence for the City of San Jose’s Cultural Affairs Office and its Environmental Services Department. He has been photographing the city’s wastewater treatment facility, examining how our culture deals with wastewater.

As Dawson explains, “…photography has taken me through several projects on various subjects. But I always seem to find water wherever my work takes me. Throughout this journey I have always tried to stay close to the essential nature of water. Water is life and for me a never-ending source of inspiration.”

A related exhibit, California Delta: Rural Charms and Natural Beauty – Photos by Rich Turner, will be on view July 10 through October 7, in the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center at the Main Library. Turner’s photographs, in both color and black and white, memorialize the diversity of the Delta region in all its breathtaking beauty.

Related exhibition opening July 10th:

“California Delta: Rural Charms and Natural Beauty”  Photographs by Rich Turner, on view in the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, Main Library, 5th Floor

And last but not least:

HAND BOOKBINDERS of CALIFORNIA: 38th Anniversary Exhibition

“The Hand Bookbinders of California celebrate their 38th Annual Members’ Exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library. The exhibition features the work of professional bookbinders, amateurs and students of the art and craft of hand bookbinding. Examples range from finely gold-tooled leather bindings to avant-garde artists’ books, and innovative designs from the traditional to contemporary.

The Art of Hand Bookbinding: special tours by members of the Hand Bookbinders of California on the following Thursday mornings at 11a.m., July 8 and 22, and August 12. In the Skylight Gallery.”

All programs at the Library are free and open to the public; call 415-557-4277 for more information.

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