International Juried Photography Exhibition
THE CONSTRUCTED IMAGE
Entry deadline: Mon. Oct. 16, 11:59PM CST
Notice of acceptance: Mon. Oct. 23, 2023
Exhibition dates: Nov. 18–Dec. 9, 2023
FREE ENTRY FOR NEW MEMBERS
The concept of The Constructed Image encapsulates a deliberate orchestration of visual elements to convey narratives, emotions, and artistic visions. This theme explores the intricate interplay of subject, composition, props, lighting, and environment in crafting captivating photographs, at any scale. Through meticulous arrangement, photographers construct scenes with purposeful backgrounds, carefully chosen color palettes, and thought-provoking poses, blurring the line between reality and imagination.
Praxis seeks the submission of photographic art that delves into the fusion of creativity and storytelling, showcasing the power of constructed elements to shape evocative, multidimensional compositions that resonate with viewers on a profound level. All capture types, genres, black & white and color, traditional and non-traditional photographic and digital post-production processes are welcome for submission.
Juror: Nicole Houff
Nicole is a Minneapolis photographer who lives in a plastic world inhabited by an infamous resident. Her love for the “even less accurate than Barbie” realities that 1950’s and 60’s entertainment portrays complements her stoic muse and her sense of humor. Nicole’s photographs have strong design and color elements, often inspired by mid-century aesthetics.
Her work has been shown at a variety of galleries, festivals and exhibits including Hopkins Center for the Arts, Minneapolis Photo Center, Praxis Gallery, The Knockdown Center, Gamut Gallery, Intermedia Arts, Nash Gallery, Robbin Gallery, Minnesota State Fair, Uptown Art Fair, Edina Art Fair and the Stone Arch Bridge Festival. Nicole has a BA from Macalester College with a major in Studio Art, and an Associate Degree from Minneapolis Community and Technical College in Photography and Digital Imaging. Learn more about her practice at nicolehouff.com.
Up to 38 images will be selected by the curator for exhibition at Praxis Gallery. Photographers will be notified of their selection eight days after the deadline. Instructions for shipping art or online submission of hi-res artwork for print for exhibit will be included in the email acceptance notification. Accepted photographs will be posted on the Praxis website exhibition page at that time. All entrants must be 18 years of age or older. Submitted images may not have been exhibited at Praxis Gallery within the past year.
Up to 38 images will be selected by the juror for exhibition at Praxis Gallery. One Juror's Choice and five Honorable Mentions will be awarded and featured in the exhibition, the printed show catalog, and the online exhibit gallery. Directors' Choice will receive free entry into three juried calls of their choice and a complimentary exhibit book.
$40.00 for submitting up to five images, $5.00 for each additional image (up to ten total images per open call). Payment is accepted by credit/debit card through our secure online submission site. The entry fee for submissions is non-refundable.
Praxis Members receive 10 images for the price of 5 images. To learn more about Praxis Membership Benefits, go to https://www.praxisphotocenter.org/memberships
In addition to keeping our entry fees low for all artists, Praxis also has a limited number of free entries for artists experiencing financial hardships. Email email@example.com for more information.
Image Submission Formatting
Submissions are accepted as digital files through our online submission form. Please prepare your files as follows:
(a) File Format. Images must be saved and submitted as Jpegs.
(b) Image Size. Images must be 72 ppi. Image must be 1920 pixels or less on longest side. Images must be 8MB or less.
(c) File Name. Name image file as follows: ImageTitle_by_FirstName_LastName. Example: MyPhoto_by_Amy_Johnson.jpg.
(d) Contact us with any digital formatting questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibit Artwork Submission & Printing for Selected Artists
Praxis Gallery offers two options for selected artists to submit photographs for exhibition:
(a) Praxis Gallery accepts original artwork that fits one of our four precut matte sizes. We do not accept framed artwork. Praxis will matte and frame artists original prints. Original art must be shipped with return postage and packaging. Must include Artists Name and Exhibition the image is included in.
(b) For the convenience of the artist Praxis Gallery will print photographers hi-res files for a $37.00 fee. Price includes printing, matting, framing and installation. Photographers will receive instructions for uploading hi-res files to our secure Dropbox site. Praxis print technicians have over 50 years of custom fine art printing experience. Images will be printed on our state-of-the-art Canon 44 inch Pro-4000 printer on Epson Premium Luster Fine Art Photo Paper.
Exhibition Frame & Print Size
Praxis features museum quality 22” x 22” inch black frames. Selected photographers will be asked to choose from one of our four standard precut white mattes. The maximum printed image area [not including the border around the image area] are as follows: (a) 11”x11” (b) 10”x15” (c) 11.8"x15" (d) 8”x15". The printed image area may be smaller than the max print area size listed. If the printed image area is larger than the sizes listed it will be cropped out by the matte. We will adjust the digitally submitted final hi-res images size (never crop) for best presentation in the mattes. Selected photographers will receive instructions with their acceptance notice on shipping their image or on sizing and submitting their high-res digital image files for printing for exhibition in the show.
Sales & Archive
Photographers who have designated that their exhibition prints are for sale to the public will be contacted promptly regarding any purchase inquires of their artwork. Praxis Gallery will take a 50% commission of any sales. All selected submissions will be maintained at the Praxis Gallery & Photographic Art Center’s online gallery archives. Artists have the option (but are not obligated) to donate prints that do not sell during the exhibition to Praxis Gallery & Photographic Art Center for fundraising purposes.
Copyright & Usage Rights
Artist retains all copyrights to their own images. Artists whose photographs are accepted for exhibition grant Praxis Gallery the nonexclusive right to use, print, and reproduce submitted digital files for the purpose of the exhibition, promoting the artist, promoting related programs and subsequent display on the Praxis Gallery website, social media and online exhibition archives. The artist's name will be included wherever the photographs are displayed.
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