Archive for January, 2011

COMPETITION|The Language of Light

Deadline: February 7, 2011Eligibility: Open to All PhotographersTitle: The Language of LightWhen Sir William Herschel sought a way to describe exciting new advances in mechanical image-making in 1839, he decided on the word “photography” from the Greek roots for “light” and “writing.” Since then, photography has developed its own languages of light. Day or night scenes, subjects in bright or dim light, natural or enhanced illumination all contribute to the language of light in photography today.For this juried exhibition, juror Paul Paletti will select images in which light is key element in the photograph. He will choose forty photographs for exhibition at PhotoPlace Gallery from March 29th through April 23rd, 2011. He will also choose an additional thirty-five photographs of these subjects for the gallery’s “On-Line Annex.” All selected work will be included in a full-color exhibition catalogue available for purchase. To help artists defray costs, PhotoPlace Gallery offers to mat and frame work selected for exhibition free of charge, providing artists print their images to our pre-cut mat and frame sizes.For details, visit our website: or e-mail


Deadline: February 15, 2011Entry Fee: $30 US Enter our juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. The competition is international, open to all geographical locations. The selected winner receives 10 prints up to 44×60 inches on canvas or museum quality paper (approximately a $2,500-$3,000 value) to be shown in a solo exhibition in our main gallery from March 10-April 2, 2011. Additional prizes for 10 second places. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artist. Entry fee. Registration/questions: OR


The Hill Shepherd Marketing Group in Stephenville is looking for an energetic go-getter with a willingness to learn and a variety of potential skills.  HSMG is the equine industry’s most effective niche marketing firm. The projects will include web site updates, Facebook updates, public relations, video editing and graphic design as needed.   The position has the potential to become permanent in April/May.To contact call: Sara Bewley at  254-965-8509

HEY YOU|Preparing for Spring 2011

The projects will begin the first day.  We all know that.  With those “projects,” come work habits, and with those work habits come different patterns for every artist.  For me it’s usually best if I start the process of a piece in secret, letting no one know what wheels are turning in my mind.  Sometimes I will rush into the idea without allowing myself to think twice about the work so that fear won’t have a chance to creep in.  However, most cases, I usually overanalyze the project and get fed up until I can’t stop thinking about it…then it’s this huge burst of something like, “I have to paint now!”   It’s the same way with photography for me.  I will imagine a shot for weeks, even months, adding and deleting portions until what is projected on the screen of idea making, has to become tangible.  I don’t consider myself to be a procrastinator for the simple fact that when I think of that word I think of lazy.  In some cases I need pressure to complete a painting, design, drawing or….a website, while other cases I enjoy grazing on the work for a stretched length of time until the finish date. The determining factors, however, are usually fear or confidence.  If I think I am not qualified or capable I find myself waiting until the last minute only to find I could complete the task just fine, and even enjoy it a little.  I believe it’s getting past the fear; saying “no” to the voice that says, “you don’t have what it takes, so don’t even try that.”  Of course we go for the things we know how to do or how to conquer, but what if we went for the very thing we were most afraid of?  For some the fear may include a style, a medium or even the cost of people misunderstanding your idea or ultimately who you are.  Let’s face it, art is a window to the soul and the ideas that flow from there, that deep and intimate place, are probably the very thing that will take you to that next level of “successful” creator, so let them flow! What I’m saying is we can’t afford to be afraid to try new things this semester in our art (and even our lives).  I think we all just might find an intensified, wonderful version of ourselves as artists and pursuers of what we desire, if we will just tell fear to “get out of my face!”I included this image by Josh MacPhee because of it’s title, The End of an Era.To see more of his digital work and others like him check out one of my favorite world wide web pages, Just Seeds.


Meg Birnbaum is an emerging artist from Somerville, MA.  Her most recent work focuses on the lives of performers.  She takes great interest in the idea that a person can transform from an average every day human into a partaker of another time period, character, or idea.  Featured here are a few pieces from her newest work Person/Persona.“I hoped that through this project I could discover the unifying element that performers had (that I don’t) and what enabled them to take such risks in public. I’m still working on those questions but I have realized that maybe what I was really looking to discover were ways that I could ‘perform’ better as a photographer, gain stronger connections with people and find community.”To see more from this collection check out: Emerging Artist 2011To see more of Meg Birnbaum check out: Portfolio


Focus: Erik Parker
December 5, 2010–February 6, 2011


Erik Parker has described his work as “fragmented samples of our culture.” His complex fantasy portraits elicit the poignant, melancholy, grotesque, psychological, provocative, and almost always comical and surreal, baggage of our time.


Swirls of pinks, blues, yellows, oranges, purples, and whites make up his meandering images. The subjects are often set against a black background, accompanied by a word or phrase nestled somewhere in the lower half of the canvas. Suggestive titles such as Half Made Man, Player Hater, Betty Fords, Drama, Crime, Hoax, Why Me, Think Twice, and American Apparel, for example, seem to label and supplement the state of each sitter. The words, when juxtaposed with the portraits, clearly speak to the present day. At the same time, the imagery calls to mind the elaborate inner workings of humanity in general.


Erik Parker lives in Brooklyn, New York. Born in 1968 in Stuttgart, Germany, Parker grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He received a BFA in 1996 from the University of Texas at Austin and earned his MFA at SUNY Purchase in 1998. His work has been shown internationally in both solo and group exhibitions.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth


Luling Magnolia Street Mural Project

CLOSING DATE: 2011-01-21 00:00:00  Web:

To create an outdoor Luling Main Street mural that will convey the concept of Main Street’s mission of historic preservation as a tool to economic stimulus and downtown small town revitalization. The mural shall promote and celebrate aspects of Luling’s rich history which can include agriculture, mercantile trade, railroad, wagon trains, oil, etc. The mural will be located on the solid outside wall of Aptiva Flooring facing Magnolia Avenue (Hwy 183). Aptiva Flooring is located at 637 E. Davis, Luling, Texas. The mural will be one panel measuring 9 feet tall and approximately 20-25 feet wide. The mural shall complement the 1880-1940 era of small town South Texas. Priority will be given to design proposals that incorporate the historical aspects of Luling.Texas Commission of the Arts