Annals of the Former World

Jökulsárlón, Iceland, 2018
Iceland’s famous diamond beach, near the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, was the result of chunks of ice calving off a melting glacier into the lagoon, drifting into the ocean, and then washing ashore on the black sand beach before they ultimately melted. Eventually all of Iceland’s glaciers retreated far enough that melting ice never reached the ocean, but for many years Jökulsárlón was one of Iceland’s premier tourist attractions.

I’m proud to release my newest body of work, Annals of the Former World. As you’ll see from the portfolio on my website, this project is a big departure for me in that in includes text and also, and more importantly, is intended to be advocacy for environmental causes relating to climate change.

Annals is structured as an exhibition a century in the future, looking back at what we had and lost in the twenty-first century through the eyes of a viewer in the twenty-second. I believe that this project will occupy me for the indefinite future, so please consider this the first incarnation of the work.

I’d love to hear what you think once you’ve had a chance to take a look. Through June 9th, you can also see six large pieces from this portfolio at the Melt Down exhibition at the CMCA in Rockland. Thank you!

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Calls for Entries April 2019

Rauðfeldsgjá, Iceland. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

It is time for my monthly summary of upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England, so please find below my list for April 2019.

This list is certainly not exhaustive and usually reflects ones of particular interest to me, but hopefully it will be helpful to many of you as well.

Good luck!

Lenscratch has their next free online exhibition running now, entitled “Ordinary Creatures” and with entries due April 7th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has two upcoming calls…”Portraiture: Through the Lens” due April 11th, and “Color Burst: A Picture Show” due May 10th.  This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The Photo Resource Center (now in Cambridge, MA) just put up their annual juried exhibition call, Exposure 2019, with entries due April 12th.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO, has their next call for entry open, entitled “In Relation to Land” and juried by Dr. Rebecca Senf, with submissions due April 14th.

The Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY, has a long line-up of upcoming calls for entries, beginning with a Portfolio Showcase entitled Abstract Expressionism due April 18th.

The Griffin Museum of Phtoography in Winchester, MA, has their annual Members Juried Exhibition with entries due April 23rd.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “Intentional Spaces” due April 29th and another entitled “Water 2019” due May 27th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The Daylight Photo Awards are now accepting entries for their 2019 awards, with entries due May 1st.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, entitled “Trees” and due May 5th.

The San Francisco Bay International Photography Exhibition (part of the SF Bay Month of Photography) is accepting entries for its annual exhibition, with entries due May 15th.

The Aaron Siskin Individual Photographers Fellowship Grant is accepting applications for its $15,000 grant, with entries due May 31st.

The Maine Arts Commission has is now accepting applications for Maine Artist Fellowships (due June 20th).

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Photography in Maine April 2019

Snæfellsjökull, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Please find below a list of photography exhibits in the state of Maine for the month of April 2019. For Boston and some of greater New England, I recommend the What Will You Remember blog for exhibit lists and reviews (here’s the April post). If you have an exhibit you’d like me to publicize, please let me know as well.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. Melt Down opened March 23rd and features ten photographers (including myself) who have photographed in the Arctic and Antarctic and whose work relates to climate change — it really is a wonderful show. The exhibition extends through June 9th and there are a number of artist talks scheduled as well.

Portland Museum of Art, Portland. The big photography show is Richard Avedon: Portraits, 1952-1970, which is a must-see (that I haven’t yet seen!). You and I both have until June 16th to see it. The Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago exhibit also includes photography and extends until May 5th.

The Maine Jewish Museum in Portland has a solo exhibition of Lynn Karlin‘s work, entitled “The Art of the Vegetable”, that extends through May 10th.

The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts is exhibiting the work of Greg Shattenberg through May 24th. The exhibition, entitled “Rewinding Romanticism”, is at the USM Glickman Library. There is an artist talk scheduled for April 25th from 6-8 pm as well.

The Colby Museum of Art in Waterville has an exhibition of seventy self-portraits by Zanele Muholi, entitled “Somnayama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness”, that continues through June 9th. In addition, Theaster Gates’s “Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories” opens March 12th and extends through September 8th. Both of these exhibitions look to be quite interesting.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has a photography exhibition featuring the work of Irving Penn and Robert Freson up now and extending through June 2nd.

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Melt Down Exhibition Opens This Weekend

Svínafellsjökull #1, Iceland, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m honored to be included in the new Melt Down exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland. The exhibition, curated by curator emeritus Bruce Brown, brings together ten Maine-based photographers who have photographed in the Arctic, Antarctic, or Iceland and that are concerned about climate change. The opening is this Saturday, March 23rd, from 5-7 pm, and the show extends through June 9th.

I have six large-scale photographs in the exhibition, all from my trip last year to Iceland. I absolutely love how they come out at 30″x30″ as exhibited — and I can’t wait to see all of the other work in the show as well!

Hope to see you Saturday night!

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Photography in Maine March 2019

Copyright Lynn Karlin. All Rights Reserved.

This is the third in my new series of monthly posts that cover photography exhibits in the state of Maine. For Boston and some of greater New England, I recommend the What Will You Remember blog for exhibit lists and reviews (here’s the March post). If you have an exhibit you’d like me to publicize, please let me know as well. Onward to the list for March…

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland. Melt Down opens March 23rd and features ten photographers (including myself) who have photographed in the Arctic and Antarctic and whose work relates to climate change. The opening reception is Saturday, March 23rd, from 5-7 pm, and the show extends until June 9th. It looks to be a wonderful show (though I might be a bit biased) and I hope to see you at the opening!

Portland Museum of Art, Portland. The big photography show is Richard Avedon: Portraits, 1952-1970, which is a must-see (that I haven’t yet seen!). You and I both have until June 16th to see it. The Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago exhibit also includes photography and extends until May 5th.

Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston. Peter Turnley: Refugees through March 23rd, photojournalism of refugees throughout world. Anthropocenic: Art About the Natural World in the Human Era, also through March 23rd, includes a variety of artwork (including work by a number of photographyers) focused on nature and the effect of mankind upon it in the 21st Century.

The Maine Jewish Museum in Portland has a solo exhibition of Lynn Karlin‘s work, entitled “The Art of the Vegetable”, coming up this week. The exhibition opens March 7th (5-7 pm) and extends through May 10th.

The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts is exhibiting the work of Greg Shattenberg through May 24th. The exhibition, entitled “Rewinding Romanticism”, is at the USM Glickman Library. There is an artist talk scheduled for April 25th from 6-8 pm as well.

The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland has one photography exhibit up right now, “Changing New York: Photographs” by Berenice Abbott. This exhibition extends until March 24th.

The Colby Museum of Art in Waterville has an exhibition of seventy self-portraits by Zanele Muholi, entitled “Somnayama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness”, that continues through June 9th. In addition, Theaster Gates’s “Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories” opens March 12th and extends through September 8th. Both of these exhibitions look to be quite interesting.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has a photography exhibition opening up on March 28th, featuring the work of Irving Penn and Robert Freson.

 

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Calls for Entries March 2019

“Megunticook Winter #4”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

It is time for my monthly summary of upcoming calls for entries for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England, so please find below my list for March 2019. I’ve listed four upcoming artist residencies in Maine in this post, too.

This list is certainly not exhaustive and usually reflects ones of particular interest to me, but hopefully it will be helpful to many of you as well.

Good luck!

Bostick & Sullivan is having their first ever call for entry, jurored by Alt Pro guru Christopher James, and with entries due today, February 28th.

The Maine Farmland Trust has their 2019 residencies at the Fiore Art Center open for submissions. They have quite a few disciplines for different types of artists, including visual artists, and submissions are due March 1st.

Hewnoaks is a wonderful residency on the shores of Kezar Lake in southwestern Maine – I was a resident there a few years ago. Applications open on February 2nd and will be due March 4th.

Lenscratch has their next free online exhibition running now, entitled “The Ides of March: Omens and Predictions” and with entries due March 5th.

The BlackBox Gallery in Portland, OR has three upcoming calls… “Vision: Shadow and Light” due March 8th, “Portraiture: Through the Lens” due April 11th, and “Color Burst: A Picture Show” due May 10th.  This gallery offers free printing and framing of selected work, keeping costs reasonable if you are selected.

The Fence has their annual calls open now, too, with entries due March 11th. This is the one that has the large outdoor exhibition of selected works in various cities.

The Norton Island residency looks great and submissions are due March 15th.

The Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY, has a long line-up of upcoming calls for entries, beginning with two Portfolio Showcases — the first about landscapes in black & white or limited palette due March 17th and a second relating to Abstract Expressionism due April 18th.

The New York Center for Photographic Art has their next call up, Momentum. It is juried by Debra Klomp Ching and entries are due March 17th. Their next call is up now, too, entitled “Trees” and due May 5th.

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO, has their 2019 Member Exhibition open and accepting entries now, with submissions due March 17th.

The Monhegan Artists’ Residency program has been around for a while and I’ve had my eye on it for years, but I don’t think I can do the 5-week timeframe at this point in my life. It looks amazing, though, and submissions are due March 17th.

The PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont has a call for entry entitled “Trees: Life in the Slow Lane” due March 18th and another entitled “Intentional Spaces” due April 29th. They offer free framing in standard sizes, too, to help minimize costs if selected.

The Maine Arts Commission has is now accepting applications for artist Project Grants (due March 21st) and Maine Artist Fellowships (due June 20th).

The new Film Photo Award gives out film grants to film-based photographers, with entries due March 31st (you can read a lot about this from their first juror, Aline Smithson).

The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, ME has Art2019, their 24th Annual Juried Show, now accepting entries. Submissions are due April 1st.

The Photo Resource Center (now in Cambridge, MA) just put up their annual juried exhibition call, Exposure 2019, with entries due April 12th.

The Griffin Museum of Phtoography in Winchester, MA, has their annual Members Juried Exhibition with entries due April 23rd.

The San Francisco Bay International Photography Exhibition (part of the SF Bay Month of Photography) is accepting entries for its annual exhibition, with entries due May 15th.

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February 2019 Full Moon

“Hunger Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

February’s full moon is tomorrow night! If you are looking for moonrise of the full moon, it will be at 5:19 pm Tuesday night (all times Midcoast Maine, Eastern time), which follows sunset at 5:11 pm. Moonset Tuesday morning at 6:42 am (near sunrise at 6:29 am) is a good photography opportunity, too.

February has some of my favorite names, too, like the Hunger Moon above. Other common names for February full moon are Bone Moon, Storm Moon, and Quiet Moon.

You can find my full moon project, Adventures in Celestial Mechanics, on my website. Enjoy!

“Bone Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Storm Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Quiet Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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Artist Residencies for Photographers

“Acadia, Nocturne #1”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’ve done four artist residencies over the past few years and I find them incredibly worthwhile. The idea behind them is simple — allowing artists the time and space to do their work away from the distractions of daily life. They vary immensely, of course… some are a week long, some are six months long; some are solitary and some encourage artist residents to interact and possibly collaborate with each other; some expect a piece of work to be donated at the end while others do not; and so on.

The most comprehensive place to find about art residencies is res artis — they provide a rolling list of upcoming deadlines of artist residencies worldwide. Another good list is from the Alliance of Artists Communities. In this post I’m going to focus just on artist residencies that are based in Maine and that are open to photographers.

The 2019 deadline has passed for two residency programs here in Maine, but the Tides Institute in Eastport and the Acadia National Park Artist-in-Residency program are both work checking out for future years.

The new Monson Arts center is now accepting applications for their residency program, with applications due February 15th. I saw an early version for their facilities and I think it is going to be a really nice space (and is an amazingly beautiful part of Maine).

The Maine Farmland Trust has their 2019 residencies at the Fiore Art Center open for submissions. They have quite a few disciplines for different types of artists, including visual artists, and submissions are due March 1st.

Hewnoaks is a wonderful residency on the shores of Kezar Lake in southwestern Maine – I was a resident there a few years ago. Applications open on February 2nd and will be due March 4th.

The Norton Island residency looks great and submissions are due March 15th.

The Monhegan Artists’ Residency program has been around for a while and I’ve had my eye on it for years, but I don’t think I can do the 5-week timeframe at this point in my life. It looks amazing, though, and submissions are due March 17th, 2019.

 

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Your Favorite Photographs of 2018

I gave you mine, and you have given me yours – below you’ll find favorite photographs from 2018 from friends of the blog. This is one of my favorite posts of the year as I love seeing the diverse and wonderful work that is out there. I also encourage you to check out the website associated with many of them if you like what you see here. And thank you to everyone for putting their work out there and sharing it with readers here.

Enough prelude — enjoy!

Copyright Ann Krumrein. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Susan Davens. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Terry Hire. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Susan Guthrie. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Linda Mahoney. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Jim Nyce. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Jeannie Hutchins. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Jeanne Goodman. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Ed McCranie. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Alex Grissom. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright Mark Wlaz. All Rights Reserved.
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Photography in Maine February 2019

“Barrett’s Cove, Dusk”. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

This is the second in my new series of monthly posts that cover photography exhibits in the state of Maine. For Boston and some of greater New England, I recommend the What Will You Remember blog for exhibit lists and reviews (here’s the February post). If you have an exhibit you’d like me to publicize, please let me know as well. Onward to the list for February…

Portland Museum of Art, Portland. The big photography show is Richard Avedon: Portraits, 1952-1970, which is a must-see (that I haven’t yet seen!). You and I both have until June 16th to see it. The Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago exhibit also includes photography and extends until May 5th.

Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston. Peter Turnley: Refugees through March 23rd, photojournalism of refugees throughout world. Anthropocenic: Art About the Natural World in the Human Era, also through March 23rd, includes a variety of artwork (including work by a number of photographyers) focused on nature and the effect of mankind upon it in the 21st Century.

162 Russell, Rockport. I definitely recommend checking out the extended pop-up exhibition at 162 Russell Ave in Rockport (the old CMCA building. The exhibit takes advantage of the beautiful space with collected works from Paul Caponigro, Ni Rong, and Dirk McDonnell. The show extends until February 2nd (that is tomorrow!) and is open Fridays and Saturdays 1-5 pm. You can hear an interview with them about the show here.

Portland Media Center, Portland. “The Way Life Is — Maine Working Families and Communities” has moved to this new location at the Portland Media Center until February 22nd. There is an opening reception I think tonight (!) from 5-8 pm at the Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery at Portland Media Center at 516 Congress St. There is a good article about the exhibition here. This should be a great show if you are in the area and can check it out.

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