Call for RiverArts Judged Photography Show

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All artists are invited to submit their photographic work to the Chestertown RiverArts Gallery Annual Photography Awards Show, “Capture This,” to be on exhibit in the Main Gallery for the month of August. Photographers seek to capture a fleeting moment where light and subject and mood all merge into a unique image. This open-themed call for entry is open to all subject matter. All capture types, subject matter and photographic processes are eligible to submit. In this judged show, awards will include  a modest monetary prize awarded for “Best in Show,” and non-monetary awards for First Place in a variety of categories which may include Nature and Wildlife, Scenic,  Street Life, Human Subjects and Portraiture,  Abstracts,  Still life, Black and Whit,; and Creative Digital Enhancement.  This is a highly popular annual show with historically wide-ranging participation from regional photographers.

Artists may submit up to two pieces of their original work to the show.  This work must not have previously been shown locally in a Chestertown RiverArts sponsored event, and it should be work from the past two years. Work should be submitted online at www.ChestertownRiverArts.org, click on the exhibits link.  Deadline for submissions is July 1.  More details can be found on the website. Opening reception is Friday, August 5.

We are pleased announce our judge for this year’s show is Lynne Parks. Lynne, a Baltimore-based photographer, environmental artist, and curator who monitors and provides outreach for Lights Out Baltimore (LOB), an avian conservation group that strives to make Baltimore safe for birds. Her multimedia work addresses the birds and buildings collisions issue. Lynne’s images rely on the tradition of memorial photography as a means of honoring individual losses in the face of terrible statistics. Her multimedia presentations also include studies of glass environments responsible for many bird deaths, installations made from bird strike deterrence products that raise questions about current building design and offer solutions, and a sound piece that includes the songs of the ninety-eight species of birds that are known to have died in downtown Baltimore. Lynne is a recipient of the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize; her work has been exhibited in the Baltimore Museum of Art, Goucher College, Washington College, SANDBOX, George Mason University, among others. In addition, Parks’ work  has been featured in numerous publications including The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Bird Conservation Magazine, and Fast Company’s Co.Exist and Co.Design.  She has a BA from Hollins University with an independent major in creative writing/theater/film studies.  For more information about Lynne Parks, please visit her website at www.lynneparks.com.

The curator for this year’s juried exhibit is Karen Klinedinst. Karen is a landscape photographer based in Baltimore. She graduated with a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Since 2011, she has been using her iPhone and iPad exclusively to photograph and express the landscape. She creates landscapes influenced by 19th century Romanticism with 21st century technology. Her landscape iPhoneography has been exhibited widely, including: Massoni Art Gallery, Adkins Arboretum, Chestertown RiverArts Gallery, Maryland Art Place, Soho Photo Gallery, The Center for Fine Art Photography and the Biggs Museum of American Art. In 2015, she was awarded an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council. She teaches iPhone Photography workshops at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance, Chestertown RiverArts Gallery, Adkins Arboretum and at her Baltimore studio. For more information, please visit her website at www.karenklinedinst.com. ­­

The opening reception and awards presentation will be First Friday, August 5, 5 to 8 pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 am – 4pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. On First Fridays the gallery is open until 8pm. For more information, please visit www.ChestertownRiverArts.org or call 410 778 6300. RiverArts is located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD. 21620.

Chestertown RiverArts Exhibit Submission Guidelines

  • Art to be hung on walls should be dry and securely wired for hanging.
  • Work must not have previously been shown locally in a Chestertown RiverArts sponsored event,and it should be work from the past two years.
  • Art should be original. Reproductions of paintings or drawings such as giclees printed on canvas or paper are not accepted.
  • Lithographs, etchings and other printmaking works of art should be created by the artist, numbered and signed.
  • Photographic prints, digital and film, should be printed from the artists’ negative or digital file, ideally by or under the direction of the artist, and signed.
  • Works on paper should be framed behind glass or plexiglass.
  • Unframed works of fine art, e.g. paintings on canvas, are accepted if appropriately wired for hanging.
  • Works of art requiring special or unusual display structures should be submitted along with the structure for display.
  • Artists submitting work will be asked to sign a contract at the time of submission giving permission for the work to remain at the gallery until the end of the show unless special circumstances warrant otherwise.
  • All work must be for sale.
  • A 35% commission is taken by RiverArts for all sales.
  • Artists pay hanging fees of $10 per piece of art if a member and $20 per piece if not a member.
  • Artists submitting work must pick up (or arrange with a friend to pick up) art at the end of the show during the check out dates and times. RiverArts does not have storage space adequate to protects art.  All work sent to RiverArts via USPS, UPS or another carrier must have a return label included.

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