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Photographing your artwork tips for scholarship submissions

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Follow this link for a pretty clear guide about photographing your artwork.

Basic steps –

Make sure the light in the room is even and the flash is off.

If your work is lit with yellowish indoor incandescent bulbs, you should color correct your work in Photoshop.

Make sure your camera is directly in the center of the work to avoid distortion.

Crop the image in Photoshop to remove the background.

Save them image as a JPEG with 72 ppi and around 2000 pixels on the widest side.

Your Shot

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Long time no talk, I know!!! I don’t know about you guys but this semester has been a busy and productive one!

Well, if you have taken the photojournalism class at TSU then you already know about National Geographic’s Your Shot….if not then you should check this out. It is free to enter….so NO EXC– USES. Every two weeks or so they have assignments with different themes and you can submit your photo. There are different judges each time and they give tips and such for the theme. Thousands of people enter, but this is great practice and encourages you to pick up the camera each week. Here are the upcoming assignments.

CADD

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This past weekend I was introduced to a cool organization in Dallas called CADD. CADD is the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas. CADD’s mission statement is:

Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas (CADD) is a non-profit membership organization of galleries formed in 2006 for the purpose of promoting the advancement of contemporary art on all levels. CADD’s members function as an important component of the Dallas art community, providing the means by which artists reach their public and collectors gain access to works of art.

Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas (CADD) includes the city’s foremost contemporary dealers who are experienced and knowledgeable in their field. Member galleries are committed to represent the highest standards of contemporary art, while recognizing the importance of integrity and responsibility in working with artists, collectors, museum professionals, and the cultural community of Dallas.

Membership to Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas (CADD) is by invitation after consultation with the entire membership. To qualify, a gallery must demonstrate professionalism and good standing among colleagues in their field and contribute to the cultural life of the Dallas community.

There are several galleries that make up CADD:

Circuit 12

Conduit Gallery

Craighead Green Gallery

Cris Worley Fine Arts

Cohn Drennan Contemporary

Galleri Urbane Marfa+Dallas

Holly Johnson Gallery

Kirk Hopper Fine Art

PDNB Gallery

Ro2 Art

The Public Trust

Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden

500x Gallery

So head on over to CADD’s site and check out these galleries. Go ahead…you may find inspiration or even an opportunity. You just need to get out there!

(brandieNsmith)

Exhibition Opportunities

The Center for Fine Art Phography is currently accepting works for two upcoming shows…..

 

The first is dealing with Landscapes:

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THEME | Landscapes

We welcome all artist interpretations on this theme. All capture types and photographic processes are welcome.

 

JUROR | Chantel Paul

Chantel Paul is the Assistant Curator at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in San Diego, CA. She has curated a number exhibitions at MOPA including Unusual Suspects: The Paintings and Photograph of Holly Roberts (2012), Staking Claim: A California Invitational (2013), which included an accompanying catalog, After Ansel Adams (2014). Chantel also co-curated the exhibition Streetwise: Masters of 60s Photography (2011).

 

HONORS | AWARDS

With selection for this exhibition, the artists are invited to join C4FAP on the reception weekend for review with the juror, Chantel Paul, and the Executive Director, Hamidah Glasgow. There will also be a group portfolio share and an artists’ lunch at C4FAP. An international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and other advocates of fine art photography will view the chosen artist’s work throughout the exhibition. Each participant is included in the Center’s Main Gallery exhibition in Fort Collins, Colorado and Online Gallery exhibition. In order to be included in the online gallery or to receive an award, you must provide a professionally printed and framed/mounted image for gallery exhibition.

Juror’s Selection: $500.00
Director’s Selection: $250.00
Two LiveBooks Website Awards: Valued at $399 from liveBooks
Honorable Mention Awards: 2 year membership and image submission to a Call for Entry at C4FAP.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Entries Due |  February 11th, 2015
Notice Of Acceptance | February 27th 2015
Exhibition Dates | June 5th – July 18th, 2015
Public + Artists’ Reception | June 5th, 6-8 pm

 

SUBMISSION | ENTRY FEE

MEMBERS | $24 for the first three images.
NON-MEMBERS |  $38 for the first three images.
ADDITIONAL IMAGES may be submitted for $8 each for members and $10 each for non-members. There is no limit to the number of images that may be submitted. Applicants signing up for membership at the time they submit will receive the automatic discounted entry fee.Note: Images selected by jurors for exhibition at the Center in the previous 12 months are NOT eligible. Images previously submitted but not yet selected for exhibition may be resubmitted.

 


 

 

The second is dealing with black and white photography:

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THEME | Black & White

We welcome all artist interpretations on this theme. All capture types and photographic processes are eligible to submit.

 

JUROR | Roy L. Flukinger

As Senior Research Curator of Photography at the Harry Ransom Center, Flukinger assists in the development, administration and application of the collections. He has and continues to lecture and publish extensively in such fields as regional, cultural and contemporary photography, and the history of art and photography. He has produced nearly 50 exhibitions ranging from classical photohistory to contemporary photography, and from photographers’ retrospectives to American/regional/Texas photography. He serves as juror, reviewer and evaluator for contemporary photographic events, institutions and support organizations, as well as aiding in the development and expansion of the Photography Department. Flukinger serves as liaison for the department with fellow professionals worldwide throughout the field of photography.

 

HONORS | AWARDS

With selection for this exhibition, the artists are invited to join C4FAP on the reception weekend for review with the juror, Roy L. Flukinger, and the Executive Director, Hamidah Glasgow. There will also be a group portfolio share and an artists’ lunch at C4FAP. An international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and other advocates of fine art photography will view the chosen artist’s work throughout the exhibition. Each participant is included in the Center’s Main Gallery exhibition in Fort Collins, Colorado and Online Gallery exhibition. In order to be included in the online gallery or to receive an award, you must provide a professionally printed and framed/mounted image for gallery exhibition.

 

Juror’s Selection: $500.00

Director’s Selection: $250.00

Two LiveBooks Website Awards: Valued at $399 from liveBooks

Honorable Mention Awards: 2 year membership and image submission to a Call for Entry at C4FAP.

 

SUBMISSION | ENTRY FEE

MEMBERS | $24 for the three images.

NON-MEMBERS |  $38 for the first three images.

ADDITIONAL IMAGES may be submitted for $8 each for members and $10 each for non-members. There is no limit to the number of images that may be submitted. Applicants signing up for membership at the time they submit will receive the automatic discounted entry fee.

Note: Images selected by jurors for exhibition at the Center in the previous 12 months are NOT eligible. Images previously submitted but not yet selected for exhibition may be resubmitted.

 


Here is more info on the Landscape show and the Black and White show. I have posted opportunities from this gallery before but check out their website. I know it is frustrating to be paying to submit your work but this cash really helps these galleries. So, instead of purchasing that new video game or new pair of shoes or splurging on something else, make an investment in your work….I know it is easier said then done, but give it a try!

(brandieNsmith)

#MoMA100Days

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As you all know I am constantly on The Great Discontent reading about artist and such. Well, they are updating an interview they had with Elle Luna. She is an amazing artist based out of San Francisco, whom dropped everything bought a white walled studio and is painting full time! She is involved in several projects and one is coming up that we all can participate in. She is working with the Museum of Modern Art to encourage artists to do work for 100 days. The artist gets to choose their subject and medium they just need to commit to repeating their work for 100 days. (For example Elle did 100 days of self portraits.) The goal is to get the artist to show up for the work and do the work and over time their skills will be enhanced. You can participate by documenting your work on social media using the #MoMA100Days and creating your own unique # that has to do with your work and that can be found in one place.

You can download the above images here (blue, green, red) to post them to your social media to tell others and to get started!

Here is the full article with all the details.

This is a great project for those of us that have graduated (may encourage some much needed motivation) and those of us still on campus who need a little nudge (you know who you are).

So check out the interview this will begin April 6, 2015. I hope that you all join I look forward to seeing some great work!

40 of Elle Luna's #100selfportraits

41 of Elle Luna’s #100selfportraits

(brandieNsmith)

*photos and info from The Great Discontent*

A New Semester Begins

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Hey there all you Art Stars (as Knut calls us) it is time for a new semester to begin! Hopefully you have dedicated some of your time off to your work as an artist. As for someone that has allowed the intense football season along with mild illness, oh, and the festivities of Christmas, put my creative mind on hold (not to mention my fitness regimen). It is time for us to get our stuff together. I have continued to listen to the podcast by Debbie Millman called Design Matters…..get your buns over and check this out. Along with securing my purchase of the next publication of The Great Discontent. I feel like these actions have cancelled out my lack of progress on my duties to the art world. However, we all know this is fictional. I recently dove into the book called The War of Art. Grant it, its a bit whimsy but it does offer a bold place in the world of creativity. This book discusses the fight artists have with creating and distractions that keep them from creating. I recommend picking it up!

I have a feeling that this semester is going to be an intense one. A few of us will be graduating. A few of us will be preparing to graduate later this year. Then there are the few of us just starting. Let’s make this our year! Our year to pick up our medium and allow our voices be heard!

Drop this gal a line if you know of something interesting coming up or if you just have a tidbit to share this semester…..brandienicolesmith@icloud.com.

(brandieNsmith)

The Great Discontent

The Great Discontent

The Great Discontent

The Great Discontent

So, there is this wonderful, amazing, inspiring, awesome group of peoples in New York that interviews just as awesome artists…… and they are looking for more work. Here is a link to their call. Do this! Read what they write! Learn something! Get INSPIRED!!

(brandieNsmith)