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CALL for ENTRIES: The Alternative Approach

2013 December 11

Remember to Enter the $5 Art Contest!DRINK

Feeling too lazy to make it from scratch, I decided to BUY a ready-made mix for hot chocolate last week.  Then I read the label.  Damn the labels.  I just cannot knowingly consume another artificial sweetener.  Acesulfame Potassium is in almost every mix out there–even the non-diet ones.  So, I went home and pulled out my recipe.  It has 4 ingredients: milk, cocoa, sugar & vanilla.  So, even feeling lazy, I was better off taking the alternative approach.  Just like this next call…

Check out this Call for Entries for The Alternative Approach from the Kiernan Gallery (Lexington, Virginia). The entry fee is very reasonable, and if you do this type of work, this is a fantastic opportunity

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Learn more from the Kiernan Gallery!CALL for ENTRIES:
The Alternative


Alternative process photography today is a blend of contemporary ideas and historical techniques. Many photographers have rediscovered some of the forgotten early processes, bringing a unique style to present-day image making. Incorporating these processes into their work involves both skilled craftsmanship and a creative blending of new and old. For our third annual alternative process exhibition, The Alternative Approach, The Kiernan Gallery seeks photographers who use handmade and historic photographic techniques in their work.  19th century photographic processes dominate this genre.

Learn more from the Kiernan Gallery!ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists

MEDIA: Alternative Photography including, but not limited to: Albumen, Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, Platinum/Palladium, Gum Bichromate, Bromoil, Salt Print, Wet-plate Collodion, Image Transfer and Ziatype.

December 20, 2013

Approx. 8 days later

5 for $25, each add’l $5

JUROR:  Christopher James is an internationally known artist and photographer whose photographs, paintings, and alternative process images have been exhibited in galleries and museums in this country and abroad. His work has been published and shown extensively, including exhibitions in The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The George Eastman House, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Learn more about Juror Christopher James from the Kiernan Gallery!The first two editions of his book, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes (Delmar Cengage -Albany, NY), have received international critical acclaim and are universally recognized by artists, curators, historians, and educators as the definitive texts in the genre of alternative process photography and photographically integrated media and culture. A significantly expanded 850 page, 600 image, 3rd edition will be published in 2013.

Christopher, after 13 years at Harvard University, is presently University Professor, and Director of the MFA in Photography program at The College of Art and Design – Lesley University. He is also a painter, graphic designer, and a professional scuba diver.

AWARDS: All images will be reproduced in an exhibition catalogue available for purchase. A Juror’s Choice and Director’s Choice will also be announced and both winners will receive a free copy of the catalogue.

Learn more from The Kiernan Gallery!SALES: Kiernan Gallery no longer takes commission on sold works.

The Kiernan Gallery DOES still have incentive to sell your work. The gallery was founded by an emerging artist, and recognizes the importance of selling work; they believe that if artists are paying a submission fee, the gallery should not also take a portion of the sale. They do reserve the right to negotiate 20% in order to make a sale.

For complete details, Read the Full Call!

Read the full call from The Kiernan Gallery website!

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