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International Juried Photography Exhibition

THE FOUND OBJECT

Entry Deadline | May 31, 2024

Notice of Acceptance | June 12, 2024

Exhibition Dates | July 20 - Aug 10, 2024

THEME: The Found Object | JUROR: W. Scott Olsen

 

A "found object" is a material artifact discovered by chance and assigned esthetic value in an artist’s hand. Found art may include a wide array of objects and items either discarded, forgotten, dropped, or misplaced – such as shoes, a fork, shopping carts, signs, doll heads, abandoned cars, clocks, mementos, or any object that can be reimagined through the lens of a camera.


Praxis Gallery seeks photographic art that investigates this idiom: exploring the subject of the “found object” as pure visual form, detached from its history or utility, or conversely, the representation of the object as a catalyst for exploring broader issues such as subjectivity and socialization, memory and loss, or love and death. All genres, capture types, an post-production processes are welcome for submission. Juried by W. Scott Olsen.

Juror | W. Scott Olsen

W. Scott Olsen is a Contributing Editor for FRAMES magazine, a quarterly printed magazine of photography, he hosts the popular podcast series, writes book reviews and the “Reading Frames” series of explications. His photography has been published in magazines internationally and appears frequently in both solo and group gallery exhibitions. Author of eleven books of narrative nonfiction, one collection of short fiction, and editor or co-editor of six anthologies, he is the also the former editor of the literary magazine Ascent. His essays, journalism and criticism appear widely. W. Scott Olsen lives in Moorhead, Minnesota, where he is a professor of English at Concordia College.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Acceptance

Up to seventy-four images will be selected by the juror for exhibition at Praxis Gallery. Photographers will be notified of their selection twelve 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.

Awards

Up to seventy-four images will be selected by the juror for exhibition at Praxis Gallery. A Juror’s Choice, a Directors' Choice, eight Honorable Mentions and Best Series will be awarded and featured in the exhibition, the printed show catalog, and the online exhibit gallery. Juror’s Choice will receive free entry into three juried calls for entry of their choice and a complimentary exhibit book. Directors' Choice will receive free entry into two juried calls for entry of their choice. 

Submission Fees

$35.00 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 info@praxisgallery.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) Please contact us with any digital formatting questions at info@praxisgallery.com

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 artist's 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 *Note: Frames owned by the gallery used for all exhibitions. 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 22x22-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 scale (never crop) the digitally submitted final hi-res images size 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 ind 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 enquires 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 Praxis Gallery's website, social media and online exhibition archives. The artist's name will be included wherever the photographs are displayed.

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