Entry deadline is July 16 for Photolucida's annual Critical Mass

Photolucida, an arts nonprofit based in Portland, Ore., is accepting entries now through noon Pacific Time on Wednesday, July 16 for its annual Critical Mass, an online portfolio competition.

Artists submitting work to Critical Mass are asked to submit a 10-image portfolio, for a $75 fee (or $90 for international submissions). All submitted portfolios are then screened by a committee of about 20 jurors, which selects 200 finalists. In turn, the finalists pay an additional $200 fee to have their work sent to a panel of 200 jurors.

Among the awards to be given in the competition are the following:

  • Monograph Award: A hardbound book of the winner of this award will be published, distributed internationally, and shipped to all jurors and all entrants in Critical Mass 2014.
  • Artist Residency Award: One photographer will be chosen for a four-week, 2015 residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Captiva Island estate in Florida.
  • Solo Show Award: One photographer will be chosen for an exhibition at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland during Portland Photo Month in April 2015.

To learn more about Critical Mass--and submit work, or see a list of jurors--please see the event page at the Photolucida website.


Diffusion magazine seeks entries for 'Matter of Light' competition

Diffusion magazine, a reader-supporter, independent annual that seeks to celebrate unconventional photographic processes and photo-related art, is seeking entries by July 15 for its 2014 competition, with the theme of, "The Matter of Light."

All photo-based artists may submit work. Artists who work with alternative processes and forms of presentation-- including, but not limited to, assemblage, historic processes, installation, mixed media, hand crafted processes--are especially encouraged to apply.

Serving as jurors for the competition are Katherine Ware, Curator of Photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, N.M. and Blue Mitchell, the founding editor of Diffusion and an independent publisher, curator, educator, and photographer from Portland, Ore.

Awards will include several that entail an invitation to Diffusion's next annual group exhibit, among them those for Best in Show, a Spotlight Award, First Place and Second Place awards and Exhibition Awards for select artists. Other awards will include Third Place, Honorable Mentions and Purchase Awards.

The fee for entry is $20 for up to 10 images. No more than three portfolios may be submitted.

For more information, please see the call for entry page at the Diffusion magazine website.


Work from e2 (Kleinveld, Julien) showing at UK's Royal Academy

NOPA members Elizabeth Kleinveld and Epaul Julien, working under the name e2, currently have work showing as part of the 246th Summer Exhibition of World Leading Artists & Architects at London's Royal Academy of Arts.

The e2 work "Ode to Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Marriage" (at left) was among 1,200 entries chosen for the prestigious event. The final selections were chosen from more than 12,000 entries.

The exhibit, which began June 9, will run through August 17, 2014.

The selected work was taken from a larger series, one created to spark discussion on the consequences of stereotypes, and based on iconic images from paintings, photography and film, as well as literature.


CURRENTS 2014 to be juried by Roy Flukinger

New Orleans Photo Alliance members are invited to submit work for consideration in CURRENTS 2014: NOPA Members Showcase. The exhibit will open in December at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in connection with the 2014 PhotoNOLA festival.

This annual exhibition was created to showcase contemporary photographic work created by NOPA members. The 2014 show will include work by as many as fifteen Alliance members, featuring several images by each selected photographer.

CURRENTS 2014 will open on December 4 and run through January 5, 2015. The opening reception will be held on Friday, December 5.

Juror: Roy Flukinger, Senior Research Curator of Photography
Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Entry Deadline: Sept 15, 2014 

Eligibility: Submission is open to all current members of the New Orleans Photo Alliance. Applicants may join at time of entry.

Submission Fee: $25 Submission Fee + NOPA
Membership: $60

Enter online here.

About the Juror:

ROY FLUKINGER is the Senior Research Curator of Photography at the Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, where he has served as a curator since 1977. He publishes, lectures, produces exhibitions, and serves as a chief resource individual for the Photography Department, which holds some five million images. He also teaches, serves on numerous boards, and serves as a juror, consultant and reviewer for many art and photography organizations and institutions.

Mr. Flukinger holds degrees from Tulane University and The University of Texas at Austin. He has taught as an Adjunct Lecturer and Assistant Professor at UT and other institutions of higher learning. He has published and lectured extensively in the fields of regional, cultural, and contemporary photography and the history of art and photography, and has produced or participated in nearly eighty exhibitions. His recent publications include: The Gernsheim Collection, Windows of Light, and Photography: The First 150 Years.

Image: Gordon Stettinius' jurors talk during CURRENTS 2013 opening, Samuel Portera, all rights reserved.


Applications now open for The Clarence John Laughlin Award

The Clarence John Laughlin Award was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) to support the work of photographers who use the medium as a means of creative expression. It honors the life and work of Clarence John Laughlin (1905-1985), a New Orleans photographer best known for his surrealist images of the American South. The Clarence John Laughlin Award grants one $5000 prize annually to a photographer whose work exhibits sustained artistic excellence and creative vision.

2014 Juror

Del Zogg is the Manager of the Works on Paper & Photography Collections and Study Center at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX.


Both emerging and established photographers residing in the U.S. may apply.

Deadline: August 25, 2014

Application fee is $25.

Application fee + NOPA membership: $60.

For more information and to apply cluck here: CJL Grant


Dallas-based Brandon Thibodeaux is 2014 MPS Grant recipient

Dallas-based photographer Brandon Thibodeaux is the recipient of the NOPA-associated, 2014 Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) Grant, in support of his long-term documentary photo project, "When Morning Comes," which focuses on rural African-American communities in North Mississippi.

The MPS Fund, established by NOPA to honor the life of legendary New Orleans photographer Michael P. Smith, annually grants $5,000 to a Gulf Coast photographer who is working on a long-term cultural documentary project.

Aperture magazine editor Michael Famighetti, who juried the 2014 grant, said of Thibodeaux’s work, “[It] relies on a strong sense of atmosphere, suggestion, and sometimes elliptical narrative. There is a quietness to the work from which it derives its strength.”

Thibodeaux has worked on his project for five years. He initially traveled to the Mississippi Delta region on a soul-searching journey. He writes, “I needed to breathe after my own troubled times. I was in search of something stronger than myself and attended its churches not to photograph but to cry and be redeemed and to just be a part of the place. I was there to listen as I prayed for a revelation.”

Michael Famighetti also selected five photographers to be honored as the 2014 finalists. They are Dominic Bracco II, Katty Hoover, Liz Moskowitz, Bryan Schutmaat and William Widmer.

Thibodeaux (b. 1981), raised in Beaumont, Texas, began his photo career at a small daily newspaper in southeast Texas while studying photography at the city's Lamar University. He now resides in Dallas, where he freelances for clients like Shell Oil, MSNBC.com, Time.com, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.  He is a member of the photography collective MJR, based in New York City.

In 2009 he joined the ranks of the Getty Reportage Emerging Talent.  In 2012 he participated in Review Santa Fe, was awarded second place in the PhotoNOLA Review Awards, was a US winner for the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward 2012 and The Oxford American listed him in the 100 Under 100, New Superstars of Southern Art 2012.  His work in the Mississippi Delta won second place in Center's Gallerist Choice Awards, and was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50 Solo Show Award.

To see more images from the grant recipient as well as the finalists, please see the MPS Fund page at the NOPA website.

Images: From Thibodeaux's "When Morning Comes" project.


Call for Entries: Four by Five Exhibition

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, August 3, 2014, 12:00 midnight

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is pleased to announce the second “Four by Five” show juried by Steve Simmons, publisher of VIEW CAMERA MAGAZINE and author of USING THE VIEW CAMERA.

NOPA is seeking work from photographers using large format cameras with film or plates that are larger than roll film formats. While antiquarian processes are accepted, lensless based work (pinhole, etc) will not be considered.

Four images from five different photographers will be chosen. The five photographers chosen will exhibit at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery in the Fall as well as be published in a future edition of View Camera Magazine.

For more information contact David Armentor Director of Programming (programming@neworleansphotoalliance.org), The New Orleans Photo Alliance.

ENTER HERE: Four by Five
Euphus Ruth

Deadline for submissions:
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 12:00 midnight

Notification of acceptance:
Sunday, August 10, 2014

Deadline for receiving accepted works:
Sunday, August 31, 2014

Opening reception:
Saturday September 6 | 6-9 pm

Exhibition dates:
September 6 - November 23, 2014


Applicants sought by arts-and-culture business education fund

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, in association with four partner organizations, is seeking application for a new a initiative called the Catapult Fund, one created to provide business training education and access to funding for Louisiana arts-and-culture entrepreneurs.

The fund is currently seeking applications from businesses whose main areas of focus include one or more of the following: Dance, theater, music, film, visual art, digital media, design, culinary arts, literary arts and fashion.
The deadline for applications 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15.
Startups, as well as established businesses, are eligible to apply, as are limited liability partnerships, sole proprietorships and incorporated businesses. Applicant businesses must have gross annual revenues of less than $500,000. A priority will be given to those applicants that provide products or services that do not duplicate those that already exist in the region. Moreover, the fund will prefer businesses whose products or services add to the sustainability of Louisiana's cultural economy.

Ineligible for the program are nonprofits, individuals (other than sole proprietorships), religious organizations, government entities and businesses with outstanding state or federal tax obligations.

Ultimately, nine to 12 applicants will be accepted into a "Catapult Boot Camp," an eight-week, nine-session program, including discussion and training on on topics ranging from credit and finance to social media and marketing.

The fund will award a total of $50,000 in grants to participants who, after this boot camp, create the best business plan.

Partners in the initiative include:

For more information about the Catapult Fund, including the guidelines and application form, please visit the initiative website.


Center for Fine Art Photography seeks entries for 'Still Life'

The Center for Fine Art Photography of Fort Collins, Colo. is seeking entrants for its next juried competition, "Still Life." The deadline for entry, recently extended, is Tuesday, June 10.

All subject matter and photographic processes are welcome, as is work from any photographer anywhere in the world, whether amateur or professional. Entry fees are $20 for members and $35 for non-members for five images. Additional images may be submitted for $10 for members and non-members alike.

The juried exhibit will be held at the Center from September 5-27, 2014. 

Photographers whose work is selected for the exhibition will receive prizes including the following:
  • Juror’s Selection: $500
  • Director’s Selection: $250
  • 2 liveBooks Website Awards: Valued at $399 from liveBooks.com
  • Honorable Mention Awards: 2 year membership and an image submission for a Center competition.
Serving as juror for the competition is Rebecca Senf, the Norton Family Curator of Photography at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, in association with Phoenix Art Museum.

For more information, please see the Center website.


NOPA Member’s Exhibition

Ashley Jones
The New Orleans Photo Alliance is pleased to announce the selected pieces for the 2014 NOPA Member's Exhibition. Congratulations to the selected artists, we are very much looking forward to hosting this exhibition.  An opening reception will be held at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery on June 7th from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

NOPA Member’s Exhibition  |  June 7 - August 3 

Alvarez, Ryan - Bonez
Alvarez, Ryan - Super Sunday 3
Borazanian, NOLA Alliance
Burleson, Suzy - The Lido
Chain, David - ebb & flow
Coco, Lydia - Onimo
Cotto, Jose - Line Up
Diem, Charlotte - Sacred Shadows1
Feldman, Sara - Nicholai
Gasdaglis, Barbara - Painter's Smock
Jones, Ashley - 5
Kline, Kevin, Woman on St Claude Avenue, Martin Luther King Day
Kucera, M.   Untitled {Flowers}
                      Untitled {Flowers 3}
MAGINNIS, D - Receeding Rectangles
Martin, Eddie - Foggy Morning
McCormack, Molly - R_4
Menszer, John - Mardi_Gras_2002
Michna-Bales, Jeanine - Look for the Grey Barn
Norris, Don - WinterBananaLeaf
Pape, Kenneth - After Hours
                           - Tulane and Broad
Quaglia, Bob - The Sleeper
Ramsey, Mike - Passed By
Sanborn, Vanessa - Ice
Sanchez, Natasha - Baby and Mama Elephant Ears
                                 - Feather & Vines
Sancton, Sylvaine - Ecume
Shero, Sharon - Nora's Dance II
Summerlin, Kim - BlueScarf
                              - FuzzyCollar


Zack Smith presents mobile lighting workshop in NOLA June 7

New Orleans photographer and NOPA member Zack Smith will present "Studio on the Geaux," a workshop on mobile lighting for portrait photography, on Saturday, June 7 at the Scott Edwards Gallery in the Crescent City's Marigny neighborhood.

Smith's workshop is designed to give a boost to emerging professionals and serious hobbyists who want to take full advantage of popular mobile lighting tools, including external flash units and wireless controllers., in their portrait work.

More specifically, Smith's workshop will focus on lighting schemes made available by the use of light modifiers, such as umbrellas and reflectors. Workshop participants will also learn about and discuss the integration of available and artificial light in order to create striking environmental portraits.

Smith and workshop participants will then head into the French Quarter, with professional models in tow, to apply these lighting techniques to portraits.

A few essential things to know about the workshop otherwise: First, it is set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 7. Tuition is $250 per person, with full payment required upon reservation.

Also worth noting is that attendees should know how to use their camera and understand such camera operations, including setting f/stops and shutter speeds. They should also know how to download images to a computer.

More information on the "Studio on the Geaux" workshop can be found at Smith's website.


Artist Panel Discussion: May 10, 3pm

Clarence John Laughlin Grant Exhibition
New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery
Through May 25, 2014
Artist Panel Discussion: May 10, 3pm

The New Orleans Photo Alliance hosts the Clarence John Laughlin Grant Exhibition,  featuring work from Grant Recipient Walker Pickering and the two finalists, Saul Robbins and AnnieLaurie Erickson.

The Clarence John Laughlin Award was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance to support the work of photographers who use the medium as a means of creative expression.  It honors the life and work of Clarence John Laughlin (1905-1985), a New Orleans photographer best known for his surrealist images of the American South.  The Clarence John Laughlin Award grants one $5000 prize annually to a photographer whose work exhibits sustained artistic excellence and creative vision.

New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery
1111 St. Mary St., NOLA

Image: Mayflower, Walker Pickering


NOPA's Members Only Exhibit
Submission Deadline: May 18, 2014

NOPA is seeking entrants for our second Members Only Exhibit, an open-themed competition for all dues-paying members, with no restrictions or guidelines on subject matter, genre or style. Twenty-five photographs will be selected by the Programming Committee for the June 2014 exhibition. The exhibit will open on Saturday, June 7 at the NOPA Gallery, located at 1111 St. Mary St. in the Crescent City's Lower Garden District.

Current members may submit up to five photos for consideration. Submitted work should be sized at approximately 10" (long side), and at 72 PPI. All works should be named as follows: Last name, first name, title, size, sequence number (ex: Doe_John_Title_16x20_#1).  All selected work must be submitted in ready-to-hang, professional fashion and must match what is submitted.
Notification of Selection: Wednesday, May 21
Delivery deadline for selected work: Tuesday, June 2

Submit your files to programming@neworleansphotoalliance.org


OPENING: The Jazz Fest Show, photographs by Steven Forster, April 24th

Photo © Steven Foster

The Jazz Fest Show
 Angela King Gallery, 241 Royal St., New Orleans
Opening party April 24, 2014, 5-7 p.m. 
Exhibition April 25 through May 14, 2014.

The Angela King Gallery will present “The Jazz Fest Show,” an exhibit by award-winning photographer Steven Forster celebrating  the arrival of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival .
Forster will show 15 archival black and white photos, some new and some from his vault, including iconic images of:Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Dr. John, Fats Domino, Wynton Marsalis, Allen Toussaint and more. The exhibit is timed to celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s 97th Birthday and to welcome visitors to the 45th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival April 25 through May 4, 2014.

Forster’s photography is included in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Historic New Orleans Collection, the Contemporary Arts Center, and many more. His work has been included in exhibitions alongside master photographers Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Clarence John Laughlin, and Weegee, as well as exhibitions in New York City with Yoko Ono, LeRoy Neiman, Peter Max and Tony Bennett.

Forster writes and shoots for the Party Central page that appears twice weekly in the daily New Orleans Advocate newspaper. Previously, for 20 years, his work appeared on the Big Easy page of The Times-Picayune. In his most recent awards from the New Orleans Press Club, Forster was honored in July 2013 with first place for multi-feature still photography.


Entries sought by June 18 for 2014 'Louisiana Contemporary'

New Orleans' Ogden Museum of Southern Art is seeking entries for "Louisiana Contemporary," a statewide, juried exhibition of contemporary art as produced by people living in Louisiana.

The deadline for entry is Wednesday, June 18. 

The exhibit, presented by Regions Bank, will open on White Linen Night, the gallery night and street party in the Warehouse District and Julia Street, which will fall this year on Saturday, August 2. It will close on September 28.

Jonathan P. Binstock, the senior advisor for contemporary art for Citigroup's Citi Private Bank Art Advisory & Finance, will serve as juror for this year's exhibit.

Up to $3,000 in awards will be presented to participating artists, including a $1,000 Best of Show cash award.

Any artist living in Louisiana, working in any artistic medium, is eligible for entry. A nonrefundable fee for entry of $40 for up to three submissions is required. The fee for each additional entry is $10.

For a more detailed list of entry specifications and information about the exhibit, please see the Louisiana Contemporary website.