Thursday, June 21, 2012

Call for Art :: MFA-NOW

The MFA: NOW exhibition will highlight exceptional photographic, video, and book works by MFA students from the Northeast. This exhibition is in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Society of Photographic Education as part of SPE's Northeast Regional Conference: Expansion held at Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY Nov 1-3, 2012. The exhibition will be installed in VSW's Siskind Gallery.

The reception for the exhibition on November 2, 2012, will be the closing event of the SPE NE conference as well as be open to the public and part of Rochester, NY's First Friday exhibition network for November 2012.      

Exhibition website:

Deadline for Entry: August 17, 2012
Accepted Artists Notified: September 10, 2012
Deadline for Delivery of Accepted Artwork: October 1, 2012
Exhibition Dates: October 20 - November 18, 2012
Exhibition Reception: November 2, 2012
This call is open to MFA students working in Photography, the Moving Image and/or Books who will be enrolled in MFA programs during the 2012 - 2013 academic year. Students must be enrolled in program in one of the following sates: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The juror will be selecting a body of work for display. The final presentation dimensions of the submitted work and artist statement are required at the time of submission.

The application fee is $30.00 to submit 1-5 images from the body of work or up to 3 video clips. Each video submission is to be no longer than 3 minutes in length.

It is the responsibility of the participant to pay for shipping + insurance, both ways. Insurance during the time of exhibition is not required. For photographic installation work detailed installation directions are required upon delivery.

All applications must be submitted through CaFE Call for Entry. To apply for the MFA Now Exhibition pleaseclick here.

Lisa Sutcliffe has been Assistant Curator at SFMOMA since April of 2007. She works on permanent collection rotations, special exhibitions, and photography acquisitions. From 2006-2007, Ms. Sutcliffe was the Koch Curatorial Fellow at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, where she co-curated group exhibitions of contemporary art and photography from New England.     


Visual Studies Workshop's Siskind Gallery is in Rochester, NY's Neighborhood of the Arts and Museum District. It is an expansive, six thousand square foot exhibition space with an adjacent media projection room. The Siskind Gallery has been the site of hundreds of international exhibitions by media artists presenting cross-disciplinary ideas through photography, video, film, audio, books-as-art, new media, and installation art since the 1970s.

Recent exhibitions in the Siskind Gallery include, in 2008 "John Wood: On the Edge of Clear Meaning," in partnership with the George Eastman House, University of Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery, the International Center of Photography and NYU's Grey Art Gallery; in 2009 "Result Zero: Photographs by Khiang Hei of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Student Protests commemorating the 20th Anniversary of that historic event; in 2010 "Everything in Time: Maximalist Works by Media Artists," with work by English artist Fiona Banner, renowned conceptual poet and founder of ubuweb Kenneth Goldsmith, and emerging artist Aspen Mays; and in 2011, "Transitions-Rochester," with photographic and video documentation of the city of Rochester by Dutch photographers Theo Baart, Cary Markerink, and Andrea Stultiens, photographers Gregory Halpern and Oscar Palacio, a sound installation by Jason Bernagozzi, and a mural by graffiti artists the FUA Krew amongst others.

For questions please contact Christine Shank, exhibition coordinator, at