Photowork 2018 - Call For Artists From Dutchess County Art Association

Photowork 2018 – Call For Artists

Photowork 2018 – Call For Artists

Dutchess County Art Association (DCAA) announces a call for artists for Photowork 2018, an annual exhibition of contemporary photographs curated from photographers throughout the United States. It is jurored by leading curators, critics, and processionals in the field.

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Deadline: 4 Dec 2017

Photowork celebrates its 31st year in 2018. Barrett Art Center is proud to welcome 2017 Pulitzer Prize winning photographer E. Jason Wambsgans as this year’s juror. The Photowork 2018 show embraces reinvention, wherein artists provide a juxtaposition of traditional styles and cutting-edge practices in dynamic imagery. The show celebrates photography’s role as fine art and prescient social commentary. Winners in the past have spanned the gamut of photographic output from small to large format cameras, pinhole cameras, silver gelatin prints, pigment prints, and chromogenic prints.

2017 Pulitzer Prize winning photographer E. Jason Wambsgans is a staff photographer at the Chicago Tribune. He has spent the last 15 years covering stories that have taken him from the vanishing rainforests of Madagascar to the war in Afghanistan. He has intensively documented the problem of Chicago’s gun violence over the last five years. Wambsgans studied fine art and cinema at Central Michigan University. Throughout a career of wide-ranging assignments, his editors have counted on his ability to inventively meet challenges whether aesthetic, technical, or conceptual while gracefully conveying the human experience.

Photowork 2018 Prizes

  • $1,000 Juror’s Prize
  • $250 Second Prize
  • $125 Third Prize

Marketing strategies employed for exhibitions include press releases submitted to more than 80 print and electronic media outlet in the Hudson Valley with consistent local newspaper coverage. Online coverage includes the weekly DCAA newsletter, Barrett Art Center website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The DCAA e-newsletter has over 2,600 subscribers. Information emphasizes action links to drive traffic to the DCAA website. Readers connect to relevant artist contact information on online galleries for each exhibition. Contact information is archived on the site for viewing after the show. The website attracts over 2,000 unique visitors each month on average.

About the Dutchess County Art Association

Exhibitions have been at the core of the DCAA mission since its inception 82 years ago. The DCAA is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for residents of the Hudson Valley through the visual arts by fostering important and relevant visual expression. The annual schedule of exhibitions is a core component in their effort to champion artists and introduce contemporary work to the community.

DCAA’s story goes back to the 1840s, when leading professional families in Poughkeepsie built elegant town homes within walking distance of the city center, notably the Greek Revival brick townhouse at 55 Noxon Street. The Gilded Age, and another housing boom, brought Poughkeepsie banker Thomas Barrett and his wife, Kate, to the house in 1900. Their son, Thomas Weeks Barrett, Jr., was born in 1902. He attended Poughkeepsie schools discovered his love for art. After graduating from the art school of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Barrett worked in NYC as a commercial artist, creating this playing card design. It was the hard times of the Depression that made Barrett House what it is today. After the Crash of 1929, Barrett returned to his family home and set up shop on the 3rd floor.

The popular response to President Roosevelt’s unprecedented governmental support for the arts inspired Barrett to organize Dutchess County’s first art exhibition in 1934 at the Luckey Platt Department Store in Poughkeepsie. Over 2,000 visitors attended on the opening day. Buoyed by the show’s success, Barrett and his colleagues founded the Dutchess County Art Association in 1935. DCAA continues their work today. They present cutting-edge art in Barrett’s boyhood home, keeping alive the spirit of creativity in our Hudson Valley community.

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