Call for Entries: Portfolio Showcase, Kiernan Gallery

Portfolio Showcase 2013 July 3 – 27, 2013
Opening Reception: July 5
CALL FOR ENTRY Deadline: May 23, 2013

Every photograph tells a story. When part of a body of work, the photograph takes on a new meaning, becoming part of a bigger and more complete narrative. A portfolio allows the photographer to explore the complexities of their subject, providing context that gives it richness and meaning greater than the sum of its parts. The Kiernan Gallery is pleased to announce its second annual portfolio showcase, juried by renowned photography critic Vicki Goldberg. For this exhibition, four photographers will be selected to show their complete bodies of work.

– All photographs and artist statements will be reproduced in an exhibition catalogue.

– All exhibiting photographers will be featured individually on The Kiernan Gallery’s blog and website.

– An electronic show card will be designed and distributed by The Kiernan Gallery for each exhibiting artist.

Submission Guidelines:

– Submit a body of 10-15 pieces

– Submit a written statement about the work (not more than one page).

– Artists should be prepared to ship or deliver their work (ready to hang) to the gallery if selected.

We cannot guarantee an entire body of work will fit into the exhibition space. In such cases, the Director and artist will collaborate to decide which pieces will be displayed.

All photographic media are encouraged.

About the Juror:
Vicki Goldberg, one of the leading voices in the field of photography criticism, wrote about photography for the New York Times for thirteen years and has published several books and the texts for more than twenty-five photographic monographs. One review of her latest book, The White House: The President’s Home in Photographs and History, called it “a lovely way to invite people who are a little wobbly on their White House and presidential history to shore up some of their weaknesses, while learning a thing or two about how the medium of photography has shaped our identity and national perspective.” Her books The Power of Photography: How Photographs Changed Our Lives and Margaret Bourke-White: A Biography were each named one of the Best Books of the Year by the American Library Association, and the anthology she edited, Photography in Print: Writings from 1816 to the Present, was cited in the Wall Street Journal in 2006 as one of the five best books ever written on photography. She has received numerous awards for writing, including the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award, the Royal Society’s Dudley Johnston Award, and the Long Chen Cup (China). Ms. Goldberg, who has taught courses at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York, the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Art Institute of Boston, lectures internationally and writes on photography for various magazines.

Submission Criteria
We accept only digital submissions. All digital files should be provided as:


72 ppi


Image width not to exceed 1500 pixels on the longest side and at least 1024.
Files should be titled as LastName_FirstName_01Title.jpg. The number should correspond with the number on the submission form. No non-alpha-numeric characters.
Work that has been previously exhibited in the main gallery is not eligible to appear in subsequent shows.

Work that The Kiernan Gallery deems inappropriate (i.e. pornography) will not be submitted to the juror. When submitting images, bear in mind that The Kiernan Gallery is located in a small town in Virginia.

By Email
Email image files and Submission Form to

By Mail
CD submissions may be mailed, but must be received by the submission deadline. Submission fee may be paid by check included with CD or by PayPal via the Pay Now button. Mail the CD (not DVD) with JPG files and Submission Form to:

The Kiernan Gallery

23B West Washington St.

Lexington, VA 24450

Submission Fee
There is a non-refundable fee of $50. Credit card or PayPal payments may be made using the Pay Now button. Checks may be mailed to the address above.

International submissions are accepted.

If you have any questions about submitting, please contact

Artists will receive an email confirming their submission when we have received both payment and images.

Artists will receive an email notifying them of accepted work approximately eight days after the submission deadline. All accepted photographs are eligible for inclusion in a full color exhibition catalogue available for purchase from Blurb Books.

Artists exhibiting at the gallery may offer their work for sale. The Kiernan Gallery does not take a commission on sold works, but retains the right to negotiate 20%.

Use Rights
Artists retain full rights to their work. By submitting to The Kiernan Gallery, artists grant the use of selected images for the purpose of marketing the gallery and subsequent display on this website.