Thursday, November 18, 2021

Bookmaking Review and Workshop


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for the sixth annual Chico Hot Springs Portfolio Review and Publishing Prize hosted by Charcoal Book Club.

Awards and Scholarships

1 Charcoal Publishing Prize - The Charcoal Publishing Prize will be awarded to one of the selected artists in attendance. This project will be published and distributed worldwide by Charcoal Book Club. 6 Merit Scholarships - One full tuition scholarship ($3750) and five partial tuition scholarships ($1500) to the Chico Portfolio Review will be awarded to photographers chosen by the jury based on the quality of their submitted project. 64 Selected Artists - Sixty-four total photographers will be invited to take part in this juried online portfolio review and masterclass. These attendees are chosen by our jury based on the merit of their submitted project.   

Submission Deadline - 26 December 2021 Late Submission Deadline - 3 January 2022 Chico Hot Springs Portfolio Review Begins - 21 March, 2022

2022 Keynote Speakers


About the Portfolio Review

The Chico Review takes place over six nights at Chico Hot Springs Resort, near Livingston Montana. Sixty-four applicants will be selected by our jury and invited to spend the week with twenty of the most influential and creative photographers, book makers, gallerists, museum curators, and photobook publishers in the industry. One full scholarship and five partial scholarships will be awarded. Student discounts and need-based scholarships will be available to those selected who qualify.  Attending artists receive ten formal reviews by speakers and reviewers and take part in artist lectures, panel discussions, peer reviews, and additional evening programming over the seven day event. 

The Charcoal Publishing Prize

At the conclusion of the event, one grand-prize winner will be awarded the Charcoal Publishing Prize and have a monograph published and distributed worldwide by Charcoal Book Club.

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What to expect if selected to attend

SCHEDULE: Each day will include breakfast, a morning lecture from one of our speakers, a panel discussion, lunch, daily portfolio reviews, and free time. Each attendee will have ten 20-minute portfolio reviews with a mix of our speakers and reviewers. Over the course of four days, you will spend time reviewing your work and gaining insight from our featured speakers, reviewers, and Charcoal Book Club staff. During unstructured time (including one entirely free day in the middle of the week), attendees can relax around the lodge and hot springs or explore the surrounding area - bookstores and saloons in Livingston, wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, and the ranch land of Paradise Valley. ACCOMMODATION: We've reserved private and shared rooms on the 150-acre property. Room sizes and amenities differ, and we're offering them on a first-come, first-served basis. You'll have the opportunity to select your accommodation upon acceptance. Activities at Chico start at its steamy natural hot springs, with two open-air pools averaging 96 and 103 degrees year-round. The Yellowstone River and surrounding spring creeks that slice through the wide-open glacial valley are fly fishing meccas during warmer months. MENU: You'll eat well at Chico Hot Springs. The extensive gardens produce abundant vegetables thanks to rich soil that is heated by the geothermal runoff from the natural hot springs. There's a dining room, cocktail lounge, saloon, and diner on the premises, and we'll provide you with three square meals a day. "Chico is just quintessential Montana," says owner Colin Davis. "We get the rancher down the road who drops in for a steak and a glass of Jim Beam. Then a bit of Hollywood could show up for a bottle of Sassicaia”.   
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Monday, November 15, 2021

Eska Palmer Lecture and Exhibition

MFA Alumna Eska Palmer lecture and Exhibition Title: To Sit With Me: A Recognition of Being Lecture November 19th 2021 4:30pm-5:30pm Arnold Hall 1810 Bull Street Savannah, GA 31401 Opening Night Reception November 19th 2021 6-10pm The White House Gallery 111 E. 36th Street Savannah, GA, 31401

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Thesis Show "Embodiment"

Reception: Saturday, Nov 13, 6-9 Cedar House Gallery

Thesis Show "One Kind of Touch"

One Kind of Touch M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition Bingqin (Zaccheo) Zhang Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 12, 6–9 pm Exhibition Dates: Nov. 12, 2021- Jan. 9, 2022 Alexander Hall 668 Indian St, Savannah, GA 31401 Headline: Bingqin (Zaccheo) Zhang M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition: 'One Kind of Touch' Dates: Nov. 12, 2021- Jan. 9,2022 Location: Alexander Hall 668 Indian St. Savannah, Georgia Reception: Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, 6–9 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Description: SCAD presents “One Kind of Touch,” a thesis exhibition of experimental photography by M.F.A. candidate Bingqin (Zaccheo) Zhang. Informed by research into the interaction of energy sources with photographic material, Zaccheo Zhang "records" reactions and changes. Her unique process allows her to return to the experiments of early photography and connecting science and image making, replete with danger, challenges, and the unknown. This methodology reflects how the artists views the true meaning of photography – that of an adventure. By shifting some of the control of the artist to the scientific process of photography, , the medium becomes a collaborative creator. This project allows the artist to examine the relationship between the artist and the medium, as well as the possibilities and potential of photography itself. Through photography, Zhang is able to capture the process of energy emission and disappearance, visualizing fleeting energy.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021




Mary Virginia Swanson’s 2022 Online Educational Series for La Luz Workshops

I am thrilled to announce my upcoming online marketing course for photographers that will provide a window on today’s markets, present effective communication strategies and offer insights and discussions with industry professionals. The course consists of three separate components:

Six Core Lectures by Mary Virginia Swanson

A series of deeply-researched, timely, practical topics presented by Ms. Swanson in richly illustrated lectures. Video recordings available for private re-broadcast by registered participants.

    Topics include:

  • Who Buys Photographs?
  • Marketing Your Work in a Post-Pandemic World
  • The Business of Selling Your Photographs
  • Making the Most of Your Exhibition Opportunities
  • Making the Most of Your Publication Opportunities
  • Sustaining Your Long-Term Photography Project

Six related Applied Study Seminars with Special Guests

A series of study seminars will be conducted in which Ms. Swanson and noted industry experts will engage in discussions to apply lessons learned in the previous week's lecture to real-world situations and scenarios. This practicum represents a unique experience to learn from leading professionals, including artists, selected for their expertise with a range of photography-related knowledge and skills.

Discussions include research methodologies, industry standards, presentation skills and protocols necessary to effectively share your projects with various professionals and organizations in a meaningful, productive manner. Applied Study Seminars are offered only to those who have enrolled in the Core Lecture Series.

Small Group Project Reviews

Beginning mid-March 2020, participants of both Core Lectures & Applied Study Seminars may apply for Small Group Project Reviews with Ms. Swanson and selected Guest Reviewers.

Open Informational Sessions:

I invite you to attend one of two scheduled live ZOOM sessions to describe the course in detail:

Saturday, November 20th, 11 am EST

Saturday, December 11th, 9 pm EST

An overview of this course and its components, and the calendar of topics/Special Guests is attached in PDF format for download.

Complete course details including professional biographies of our fourteen invited Special Guests as well as informational videos, and registration forms can be found on the La Luz Workshops website.

Fine tune your industry awareness and strategize your marketing efforts by joining my class this January. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals!

Mary Virginia Swanson


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Savannah, GA 31401-8602

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Friday November 5th 6pm to 9pm

This is a celebration for Savannah’s own Sharonna Rays 28th Birthday with candy themed artwork, but don’t worry there will be plenty of real candy, cookie and cakes to eat!

*Catered by local Savannah Baker’s and Chocolate shops!

Hi Everyone!

On the evening of Friday, November, 5th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Savannah State Alum, Sharonna (Ronnie) Ray, will be presenting twentyATE, her first solo exhibition at Cedar House Gallery. Her artwork is inspired by her appetite and explores themes of emotional eating. Her dessert series of mixed-media paintings will be showcased from November 5th through November 8th atCedar House Gallery.

I hope you’ll be able to come out for the opening, and enjoy some sweet treats and artworks to celebrate Ronnies 28th Birthday!

Artist: Sharonna (Ronnie) Ray

When: November 5th - 8th

Where: Cedar House Gallery - 122 East 36th Street - Savannah. Georgia

Opening Reception:

November 5th 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

June 12th at 1:00 p.m. will be on Instagram live

Keep up with her art endeavors on Instagram and Facebook:

www.Instagra m/Ro nniesW o r ldO nnies W or ldO fAr t

Artist Bio

Sharonna Ray is a mixed media artist based in Savannah, Georgia. She is a native of Cordele, Georgia. After graduating from Crisp County High School in 2012, She earned an art and design scholarship to study Fashion Design with a minor in Fashion Merchandising at Breanu University. During her time at Brenau, Sharonna also became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. After her freshman year at Brenau, Sharonna relocated to Savannah,Georgia and continued her studies at Savannah State University as a Visual Arts student.

Sharonna is now an honor graduate of Savannah State University’s Fine Arts program. She is an Elementary Art Educator for the Savannah Chatham County Public School System. Sharonna also serves as a Board Member for the Telfair Museums’ FAAA (Friends of African American Arts).

Sharonna uses a range of mixed media materials such as acrylic, clay and fibers on canvas to depict desserts in her paintings. She has begun to develop a series of painting collections inspired by specific desserts. Her Cotton Candy series is inspired from her time of navigating grief. Her older brother Shanon became terminally ill with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)/Muscle Dystrophy during her last semester of college at Savannah State. After a tough battle of ALS, her brother Shanon passed away in July 2020. Shortly after learning of his passing, Sharonna craved cotton candy for comfort. This became the early stages of her processing her grief through the painting process of creating her cotton candy collection. Along with her cotton candy series, Sharonna will also be showcasing her Chocolate collection consisting of brownies, chocolate chip cookies and ice-cream inspired textures seen on canvas. She will be presenting other painting collections inspired by other dessert entrees.

Sharonna also sells matching home décor (throw pillows) and other merchandise (notebooks, prints, magnets) inspired directly from her dessert-inspired paintings. 

Shop now on www.Sharonna

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions

 Deadline: 01/01/2021 – 12/31/2021


Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for 2021 Cycles. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter (in the Q1: Winter, Q2: Spring, Q3: Summer, and Q4: Fall), to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. For more information and to apply visit

Innovate Grant supports photographers and artists through quarterly grants. We’ve simplified the grant process, so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.

How to Apply:
Photographers and visual artists, 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. 

Calling all B&W photographers: Deadline Oct 20th!!!


Exhibition in New York|Solo Online Exhibition|International Press Exposure
Seeking new talent in
black and white photography

There’s just something about black and white photography. It’s timeless. Contemporary. Classic. Somehow B&W is always in style.
That’s why we’re out here looking for the best and the brightest in black and white photography today. Our Black & White Photography Awards are back! Whether you’re working with silver gelatin or totally digital, eliciting nostalgia or leaning into abstraction, your monochrome creations deserve to be seen. We can make that happen!
You know us. For over 17 years, we’ve been wholeheartedly dedicated to providing international recognition and exposure to outstanding emerging and established photographers all over the world. This year is no different, bringing the opportunity to exhibit your work in the heart of NYC during Paris Photo New York, the largest international art fair in the US dedicated to photography. We get your photos in front of the pros. There are benefits for everyone who enters. Always.
Photos in video © Jens Juul, Romulo Tijero Lozano, Michel Groleau, Sutapa Roy, Bredun Edwards, Mun Khean Wong, Isabel Pinto, Rebecca Moskowitz, Наталья Мишина, Sublimate Katherine, Sophie Gabrielle, Giuseppe Mario Famiani, Peter Franck, Gaetan Bernede, Diana Nicholette Jeon, Dara Scully
Deadline for Entries: Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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