Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) is committed to expanding the potential of the media arts, and their impact on contemporary culture, through innovative programs in education, exhibition, publication, research, practice, and community service. In 1969, photographer, writer, curator, and educator Nathan Lyons founded VSW as an artist-run, educational and support center for photography and other media arts. We are an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Since 1977, we have resided in two historic buildings located in the Neighborhood of the Arts in Rochester, NY, including other notable institutions such as The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film and the University of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery. Over the past 40 years, VSW has produced hundreds of exhibitions, over 450 artists’ books and resource titles, maintained the publication Afterimage, a valued, bi-monthly journal, housed collections with over a million images, and offered residencies to hundreds of artists. Our wide range of programs and facilities support media artists, students, other arts organizations, and the general population interested in the visual arts and its education. The interrelated program areas that implement and extend our mission are in Education, the Research Center, Afterimage, VSW Press, Artists-in-Residence, and Exhibitions. For more information, click here.
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June 19th: Opening Reception and Artist Talk for Jonathan Torgovnik’s Intended Consequences exhibition at Fovea in Beacon, NY
From the Fovea website:
“I cannot really tell you how many men came to rape me, but four months later, I was pregnant. I felt so bad, I tried committing suicide twice. I now live with HIV, which is a legacy of genocide.” —Sylvina
Opening Reception and Artist Talk June 19th from 5pm-9pm
Photographs by Jonathan Torgovnik
Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape
Exhibition Dates: June 19th- August 8th, 2010
Fovea is 100% Volunteer run.
143 Main Street in the town of Beacon, New York.”
May 21 – June 28, 2010
From the Galerie BMG website:
“Artist’s Reception: Friday, June 18, 7-8 pm
“My photographs are really about me. I think all art, to some extent, is about the maker…. When I make pictures, it’s my Autobiography….it’s like writing in a journal”
By Twilight is a rarely exhibited and intensely personal and intimate series of photographs by internationally recognized photographer and educator, Keith Carter. The subject of the photographs is Keith’s mother Jane, a children’s portrait photographer, taken in 2006 during the last year of her life as she descended into Alzheimer’s disease. Pat Carter, Keith’s wife, provides a profound insight into this series in her afterword to the recent publication of his book A Certain Alchemy: “Photography was the thing they had shared, and it was a way to animate her . . . Her beauty was never lost to him. But in the end, the process he had loved to watch from atop a stool in her old darkroom reversed itself and her image began to dissolve before his eyes until, finally, she was lost to memory.”
Called “a poet of the ordinary” by the Los Angeles Times, Keith Carter is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and in 1997 was the subject of an arts profile on the national network television show, CBS Sunday Morning. He holds the endowed Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and received the University’s highest honor in being named Distinguished Lecturer in 1998. His haunting, enigmatic photographs have been widely exhibited in Europe, The U.S., and Latin America and are included in many prestigious private and public collections, as well as eleven published books and monographs.
The exhibition will be on display from May 21 though June 28, with an artist’s talk and reception scheduled for Friday, June 18 from 7 – 8 pm. The same week-end, Keith will be presenting his workshop, “Re-inventing the World”, at the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) on June 19 & 20. A lecture, open to the public, is also scheduled at CPW for Saturday, June 19 at 8 pm. Gallery hours are Friday through Monday, 11 am to 6 pm, or other times by appointment. For more information, please call 845-679-0027 or click here.”
From the New York Foundations for the Arts website:
“2010 ArtBridge Exhibition Call for Entries
(New York NY)
OPEN TO: All New York City-based emerging artists without exclusive gallery representation.
Beginning June 1st at 12:01am, ArtBridge, a non-profit arts organization that transforms overhead construction scaffolding (sidewalk bridges) into temporary exhibition space for the work of emerging artists, will open its month-long call for entries for its 2010-2011 Exhibition Year. ArtBridge intends to curate up to eight (8) exhibitions this year for which no more than 25 artists per installation will be chosen.
After a successful 480-foot inaugural installation on West Chelsea’s historic London Terrace Gardens, ArtBridge intends to bring its first-of-its kind projects to communities throughout the five boroughs, beautifying neighborhoods while giving emerging artists unprecedented exposure: all chosen work will be enlarged to billboard size, printed on eco-friendly, fade resistant material, and hung prominently outdoors from three months to one year.
Please visit www.art-bridge.org for more about the organization, to download the Submission Guidelines and upload entries directly through the website. Each applicant may submit up to three pieces for consideration and will be required to pay an entry fee of $25 for one submission, $40 for two, and $55 for three entries. If accepted there will be a participation fee of $195 (from which already-paid entry fees will be deducted).
Entries will be accepted until July 1st at 11:59PM
We look forward to seeing your innovative work and to the prospect of welcoming you to the ever-growing community of ArtBridge artists.”
Thursday 17th, 5:30 pm at the CCP in Tucson: Guest Curator Kate Palmer Albers on “Locating Landscape” exhibition; Joe Deal’s WEST AND WEST also on view through August 1
From the Center for Creative Photography website:
Thursday, June 17, 5:30 p.m.
Join exhibition curator, Dr. Kate Palmer Albers, for a walking discussion of Locating Landscape: New Strategies, New Technologies on Thursday, June 17th, at 5:30 p.m. The exhibition continues through August 1st.
Inspired by the recent revival of the influential New Topographics exhibition from 1975, Locating Landscape: New Strategies, New Technologies traces the effect of newly available technologies such as GPS and Google mapping on today’s landscape photography.” Guest-curated by University of Arizona photography historian Kate Palmer Albers, this exhibition includes work by Christiana Caro, Andrew Freeman, Frank Gohlke, Margo Ann Kelley, Mark Klett, Paho Mann, Adam Thorman and Byron Wolfe.”
Also continuing through August 1st:
West and West: Joe Deal
Drawing on the remarkable history of 19th-century survey photography of the Great Plains, West and West was also inspired by the landscapes Joe Deal saw as a child while driving west from his home in Topeka, Kansas, to visit relatives in Great Bend. Deal presents the Western landscape in a consistent format, dividing each scene with a horizon line and using the square-format negative. His depiction presents an endlessly fascinating and changing expanse as grasslands and sky unfold in equal share. The 21 images on view capture the full drama of the Great Plains, spanning the area between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains, and from the Canadian provinces to the Mexican border.
The Center for American Places has published a book in conjunction with this show, WEST and WEST: Reimagining the Great Plains (112 pages, 51 duotones, 3 maps 10×11, October 2009).
From the University of Chicago Press’ website:
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 officially opened the Great Plains to westward settlement, and the public survey of 1855 by Charles A. Manners and Joseph Ledlie along the Sixth Principal Meridian established the grid by which the uncharted expanse of the Great Plains was brought into scale. The mechanical act performed by land surveyors is believed by photographer Joe Deal to be powerfully similar to the artistic act of making a photograph.To Deal, both acts are about establishing a frame around a vast scene that suggests no definite boundaries of its own. Thus, when approaching his own photographs of the Great Plains, Deal viewed his photography as a form of reenactment, a method of understanding how it felt to contain the Great Plains in smaller, more measurable units.
In West and West, Deal, who was born and raised in Kansas, revisited the Kansas-Nebraska territory and applied his photographic understanding of the landscape grid and horizon line to illuminate the sense of infinite space that transcends the reality of the survey. As Deal writes in his concluding essay: “If the square, as employed in the surveys of public lands, could function like a telescope, framing smaller and smaller sections of the plains down to a transect, it can also be used as a window, equilaterally divided by the horizon, that begins with a finite section of the earth and sky and restores them in the imagination to the vastness that now exists as an idea: the landscape that is contained within the perfect symmetry of the square implies infinity.”
The stunning photographs in West and West present the Great Plains from a rare perspective. From this vantage point, Deal is able to distill and contemplate its expanse.” You can read the press release here.
This exhibition marks the Center’s first opportunity to display a monographic Joe Deal show since acquiring his archive in 2009.
From a Gift of Gift of (gogo) e-blast:
“MISSION STATEMENT: Gift of gift of’s mission is to offer young art patrons an egalitarian opportunity to impact large collecting institutions and to aid emerging artists at a critical point in their careers.
ABOUT US: Each year, gift of gift of (gogo) hosts an event that pools together the money of its attendees to purchase works by emerging photographers and then offer them to large collecting institutions as a donation
from “gift of gift of.” This year‟s purchased artworks will be offered to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Event attendees receive a set number of votes with the purchase of event tickets. Attendees then vote on which of
the exhibited artworks they think should become part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston‟s permanent collection. Those artworks with the highest number of votes will be purchased with the pooled funds.
Therefore, the number of artworks purchased varies based on event attendance.
gogo’s events introduce young collectors to young artists;
gogo gives the gift of exposure to emerging artists;
gogo gives the gift of discovering works to young patrons;
gogo gives the gift of new artwork to chosen collecting institutions.
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS NOTIFICATION: FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2010
ACCEPTED WORK TO BE RECEIVED: FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010
gift of gift of VOTE NIGHT AND PARTY: SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must submit only digital image files of original artwork they have produced. Images representing artwork produced by other artists will not be accepted. The photographs submitted for
consideration must be priced at $250.00 USD or less. Photographs priced higher will not be accepted. Photographs larger than 30 x 40 inches will not be considered.
RULES FOR ENTRY:
Works are accepted based on information in your entry form; any deviation from the application in medium, dimensions, or format is not permitted. A maximum of 10 digital image files (jpegs, max 300 ppi resolution, 1600 x 1600 pixels maximum) may be submitted. The maximum size for total entry should not exceed 20MB. Only one work per artist may be selected. Slides and/or prints will not be accepted as submission material.
Number/name each entry to correspond with the submitted entry form. All image titles should be labeled with your last name. (Example: 1_LASTNAME_TITLE_YEAR.jpg, 2_LASTNAME_TITLE_YEAR.jpg, etc.)
Entrants must also submit an artist statement as well as resume/bio in conjunction with the images submitted.
NOTIFICATION OF PARTICIPATION: Artists will be notified via email with a request to participate by June 29, 2010. Gogo retains the right to not accept any selected work that differs from the work submitted.
LIABILITY & AGREEMENT: Gogo cannot be responsible for damage or loss during transit. Gogo retains the right to display and reproduce work accepted for this exhibition/event for publicity and promotional purposes. Exhibiting artists pay for shipping/transportation to gogo. Please do not ship work with packaging „peanuts.‟ Due to gogo’s limited budget it asks that artists consider sending accepted artwork ready to hang. Submitted works will be juried by this year‟s gogo selection committee. Gift of gift of 2010 exhibition will feature no more than 20 artworks. Your entry constitutes understanding and agreement with the conditions outlined in this prospectus.
To get more information or to download the entry form, click here.
From a P5 mailer:
“Special Reception and Fundraiser for Project 5!
When: Saturday, June 12th, 2010 7-10p.m.
Where: The Julia Dean Gallery at 801 Ocean Front Walk, Venice CA 90291
Project 5 spans five years, over which five photography auctions will be held to fund five socially concerned pohtographic projects, each documented by a team of talented photojournalists.
The first (silent) auction was held at the Stephen Cohen Gallery on Feb. 20, 2010. On the walls hung 108 photographs reflecting 108 talented photographers. It was a wonderful night and we raised enough money to conclude the child labor project (the first of five in Project 5). At the end of the night, there were 36 outstanding photographs remaining. These 36 prints will be hanging at our special reception. ALL FRAMED PRINTS WILL BE $300 OR LESS! (You can take your print home that night.) Our goal is to raise money toward year 2 of Project 5. For more information: http://Photo4Change.org
-June 12th is also World Day Agaist Child Labor. Ending child labor is the topic of P5’s first documentary project.
– There will be an additional reception and exhibit opening in our second gallery, featuring work by participants on the Buenos Aires/Uruguay travel workshop.”