Here are some of the upcoming exhibition opportunities or calls for entry for photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England. This list is certainly not exhaustive and reflects ones (usually) of particular interest to me. Thank you also to everyone who has sent me leads, too. There are a ton of good ones coming up – this time of year is one of the busiest with respect to calls for entries, based on my following of these for the last few years.
There are more than ever in this posting, but don’t panic! You obviously don’t have to enter all or any of them, but hopefully you’ll find some that make sense for you and your work. I know that I cannot afford (with time or money) to enter all of these myself, so I will be selective about my entries as well.
As always, please let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions for this list!
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockport has a call for entries for their 2012 Biennial with entries due March 1st. Please note also that entries are physical proof-type prints that must be delivered by that date – it is not an online entry (but there is no entry fee). The Biennial will be co-curated by CMCA director Suzette McAvoy and independent curator Daphne Anderson Deeds. This is obviously one of the big shows this year in Maine and definitely recommended.
The PRC in Boston is having their prestigious 17th Annual Juried Exhibition, entitled “Exposure 2012”, with entries due March 2nd. The juror is Alison Nordström, Curator of Photographs and Director of Exhibitions at the George Eastman House. This is one I definitely recommend that all New England photographers consider.
The Vermont Photoplace Gallery has a few calls for entries up, including “Abstract Expressions” curated by Carl Chiarenza due March 5th and their annual PhotoPlace Open curated by Kyohei Abe and with entries due April 9th.
PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris has its annual photo competition coming up, with an early bird entry of March 15th and a final deadline of April 15th. This one is not cheap, but I think it is one of the absolute best ones out there and definitely recommended.
Communication Arts has its photography competition with entries due March 16th. I don’t know much about this one but it looks promising if your work fits in. It seems to be geared towards photographers who work with designers and art directors.
The Santa Fe Workshops are having their semi-annual photo contest, this one entitled “Portraits”, with an early submission deadline of March 19th and a final deadline of April 30th.
The Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, Vermont has a call for submissions for “Night Light” (night photography) with a due date of March 21st.
The new Lyceum Gallery (in the former space of Gallery 5 in Lewiston) has a call for entries for “Through the Lens”, a fine art photography contest with entries due March 25th. The show last year had some great work and I look forward to seeing what is included this year.
Galerie Dufour in Belfast is having a call for entries for fine art nudes by Maine residents entitled “Primavera”, with a deadline of March 31st for photography (there is a separate call for other types of art).
The Griffin Museum of Photography of Massachusetts has their 18th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition with entries due March 31st. Another highly recommended one for New England exposure.
The Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography is having a call for entries entitled Change of Pace 2012, curated by David Bram of Fraction Magazine, with a deadline of March 31st. This one looks pretty intriguing.
This is not a call for entries or a contest, but on April 10th online registration begins for the New England Portfolio Reviews down at BU in Boston. I went to these last year and had a very good experience and hope to go again this year.
The Minneapolis Photo Center has a call for entry for Portraits: Up Close and Personal, with entries due April 15th.
The ipa (International Photography Awards) has their annual photo contest coming up with early entries due April 30th and a final deadline of May 31st. This is another very prestigious one and worth considering.
Another very nice one is the Photography Portfolio Competition 2012 from the Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with entries due May 4th.
The Viewpoint Photographic Arts Center in Sacramento, California, is accepting proposals for solo or group exhibitions right now with submissions due May 18th. These submissions are for exhibitions that will run between February 2013 and January 2014. Viewpoint is a non-profit organization serving the Sacramento region and their is no fee for on-time proposals.
B&W + Color Magazine has their next call for entries coming up, this one the B&W single image contest 2013 with entries due between April 1st and June 30th. You can’t submit yet but I thought I’d mention it for people trying to plan out (and budget) their entries.
The international contest entitled “The Art of Photography Show” in San Diego has entries due June 30th.