Call for Entries: Photo Alchemy: 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland Oregon

Photo Alchemy
A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Alternative Process Photography

Exhibition dates: April 1 – May 7, 2011
Location: 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Deadline for Entries: February 22, 2011

THEME – This exhibition seeks to showcase the revival in alternative process photography. In recent years we have seen contemporary photographers take a another look at early printing processes—from cyanotypes to daguerreotypes, these deep, dreamy images bring a unique style and surface to a photograph that can’t be achieved digitally. As darkrooms disappear we are looking for work made by artists who are exploring alternative process photographic methods‚ either as a response to the digital age or simply as a creative tool.

MEDIA – This exhibit is open to artists working with alternative process photographic techniques and materials such as, but not limited to: photograms, tintypes, daguerreotypes, carbon dichromates, gum bichromates, emulsion on metals, cyanotypes, collodian prints, Polaroids and much more. First generation works please, no digital or ink jet prints and no straight silver work.

JUROR – Photo Alchemy will be juried by Laura Moya who is executive director of Photolucida, a non-profit that works with emerging photographers, organizing their biennial Reviews festival and project managing their publications. She has curated the exhibits Resurrection: A New Look at Old Processes at 23 Sandy Gallery, and Borderline/Safekeeping at the Lishui Photography Festival. Laura has lectured at the Pingyao Photography Festival in China, and written interview pieces for Griffin Museum of Photography and Finite Foto. She has performed portfolio reviews nationally and internationally, most recently at Atlanta Celebrates Photography and Lenswork/Fotofest in Paris.

AWARDS – Three photographers will be awarded “Juror’s Choice Awards” as selected by our juror Laura Moya, which will include an online exhibition portfolio of a 10-image body of work, a certificate and special catalog recognition. One photographer will be awarded the “Portfolio Prize” by Diffusion Magazine, which will feature the selected winner’s portfolio in a two-page spread in their next issue which comes out in April.

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS – Artists residing outside of the United States are welcome to enter this exhibition. The exhibition entry fee must be paid in US funds.

ONLINE AND PRINT CATALOGS – 23 Sandy Gallery will publish full online and print catalogs illustrating this exhibition. In an effort to keep entry fees low we are offering artists the option to purchase the catalog during the entry process at our cost rather than increasing our usual entry fee to cover printing costs.

ENTRIES – A maximum of three works may be submitted per artist. Entries must be received online no later than FEBRUARY 22, 2011. Artists accepted for the exhibition will be notified via email. The gallery reserves the right to decline any accepted artwork upon delivery if the condition or quality are other than represented in the electronic entry.

PREPARING YOUR IMAGES FOR ENTRY – You may submit up to three images to this show. Name your files as yourlastname-1.jpg, yourlastname-2.jpg, yourlastname-3.jpg. Your last name is followed by the artwork number, which corresponds with the entry number on the online entry form. Please submit JPG images that are ready to be included in the print catalog as catalog design will begin just days after the show is juried. All JPGs must be 300 ppi sized to 7 inches (2100 pixels) wide or tall in the longest direction.

ONLINE SUBMISSION – All submissions will be made online. Find our online entry form link at the bottom of this page.

FEES – A $30 non-refundable entry fee covers up to three works and is payable upon submission. Just to clarify, the entry fee covers one, two or all three image, it is not a per image fee. When entering online you will pay via Paypal or any major credit card. You do not need a Paypal account to pay via credit card. When paying your entry fee you will have the option to also purchase a printed catalog at the same time.

SALES – All works submitted for this show must be for sale. The Gallery keeps 40% of the sale price. The artist receives 60% of the sale price. Sale proceeds will be paid to the artist within 30 days of the close of the show.

FRAMING – Please no work wider than 24” framed. Work selected for this show must be ready to hang with appropriate hanging hardware. We understand that the creative mediums we are calling for may have more creative framing, and that is just fine. For more traditionally framed work we prefer that all frames be consistent as to not distract form the artwork. We prefer that you frame your work with a gallery quality 3/4” or 1” wide black wood frame. Artwork shipped to the gallery should be framed with acrylic, not glass.

SHIPPING – All artwork accepted into this show will ship to 23 Sandy Gallery. All shipping and shipping insurance costs to and from the Gallery are the responsibility of the artist and complete instructions will be provided upon acceptance into the show.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE – The Gallery is insured and shall be responsible for the safekeeping of all consigned artwork while in Gallery’s possession. The Gallery shall be strictly liable to the artist for their loss or damage (except for loss due to earthquake, flood or damage resulting from flaws inherent in the artwork), to the full value artist would have received from Gallery if the artwork had been sold.

FEBRUARY 22, 2011 – Deadline for Submissions
FEBRUARY 28, 2011 – Announcement of Accepted Entries
MARCH 21, 2011 – Artwork Due at Gallery
APRIL 1, 2011 – Exhibition Opens
APRIL 1, 2011 – First Friday Artists Reception, 5-8pm.
MAY 7, 2011 – Exhibition closes and unsold artwork will be returned or held for pickup

ONLINE ENTRY FORM – Click to start the online entry process.

Phone: 503-927-4409

Thank you for your interest in Photo Alchemy. We look forward to seeing your work.