From the mid through late 20th Century, the term “Americana” was largely associated with nostalgia for an idealized life in small towns and cities across the United States. Specifically for a time around the turn of the century, when American life and culture seemed congruent with the country’s understanding of itself and its ideals. The spirit of this time is often reflected in idealistic and sentimentalized portrayals of everyday life, with subject matter ranging from the local soda fountain, to heroic images of the American flag, apple pies and baseball. Clearly, the way we define “Americana” has vastly changed over the past 100 years.
The Colorado Photographic Arts Center invites photographers to submit work for a juried show, that addresses what “Americana” looks like today. What does it mean to you? Does it evoke a certain place? Or is it represented by a specific symbol, a monument, or a piece of American history? Perhaps you think of a particular person or a group of people? It could even be a political ideology, an attitude, or even a state of mind. In this call for entry, the possibilities are endless. We are looking for images that reflect your personal understanding of the contemporary American experience, and a broad definition of Americana.
Applicant Submission Deadline: Friday, August 11, 2017 (midnight, MDT)
Notice of Acceptance: August 21, 2017
Work Received to Gallery: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Exhibition Dates: September 22 – November 4, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, September 29, 2017, 5-9pm
Exhibition Juror: Darren Ching
Fees: Members $30 and Non-Members $35 up to 3 images; $4/$5 each additional image
Darren Ching, is the owner of Klompching Gallery, established with Debra Klomp Ching in New York City. The gallery specializes in the sale and exhibition of contemporary fine art photography, representing an international roster of artists—placing artworks into numerous private, corporate and public collections. Mr. Ching’s involvement in photography spans nearly two decades and includes, panel presentations, jurying of competitions, consulting, design, and contributing to both online and print publications on the subject. Formerly the Creative Director of Photo District News (PDN), where for sixteen years he established the design direction of the magazine and was a perennial judge for its annual PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers issue. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York, and an External Examiner for the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Recently, Mr. Ching served as a Guest Critic for the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) MFA Photography Final Projects and at Parsons School of Design in New York, critiquing BFA Editorial Design projects. Additionally, Mr. Ching works as a freelance designer specializing in photography-based projects, and as a consultant offering advice and career strategies to all levels of photographers.
Entry is open to regional, national, and international artists, members and non-members of CPAC. All lens-based media are eligible, including but not limited to images made by film or video camera, scanner, screen-capture, digital camera, and any means of mobile photography.
Please use the Call for Entry Media Prep for image upload guidelines. If you have any questions about the guideline please call 303-837-1341 or email email@example.com. Exhibition print sizes must be specified but there is no size limit. CPAC also understands that work may be presented in a non-traditional way that is integral to the art. Please contact us in advance if you feel your work fits into these criteria.
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