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15 Days till the InFocus 2016 Deadline & 15 Reasons to Submit

The deadline for Alberta photographers to submit photographs to InFocus Exhibit 2016 is October 31, 2015, only 15 days away! Now is not the time for procrastination; SUBMIT TODAY!

The mission of InFocus is to promote and exhibit innovative, thoughtful, and provocative photography created by Alberta’s contemporary image makers.

The call for submissions is open to professionals, armatures and students alike. We want to see forward thinking photography that capitalizes on the strengths and subtleties of the medium and takes image-making to a new level. The goal is to exhibit the best photography from the province!

Here are 15 reasons you should submit to InFocus 2016:

  1. See your photography hung in DC3 Art Projects, one of Edmonton’s most important artistic hubs.
  2. Your work will be featured in Exposure Photography Festival, which went province-wide for the first time last year.
  3. Sell your work during InFocus. The gallery and InFocus Team will encourage art patrons to support photographers and our creative community in this way.
  4. Network with other photographers and professionals during the festival.
  5. Participation in an exciting group exhibition is a fun way to kick off 2016.
  6. Discover other image-makers from across Alberta and find a creative community.
  7. Have something cool to talk about on Facebook and Twitter other than what you had for breakfast (Although we’re sure it was delicious!).
  8. Snatch up a volunteer opportunity with InFocus Exhibit 2016 to gain experience mounting and running an exhibition.
  9. Attend a rockin’ reception party on Thursday, February 4, 2015 (7-10pm) with live music, wine and yummy snacks (and invite your family and friends!).
  10. Have your work discussed for its merits and inclusion in the show during the Curator Talk on Thursday, February 4, 2015 at 7:30pm in the gallery.
  11. It’s easy to submit your work online through our no fuss submission form.
  12. Each photographer’s Artist Statement and CV will be displayed at the exhibit to educate the visitors about your work.
  13. Have a lasting keepsake in the printed InFocus Photo Exhibit program with each photographer featured.
  14. If you entered before October 18, you have the chance to have one of your images featured in the Exposure Photography Festival magazine-style catalogue to represent InFocus!
  15. Photography is awesome!

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Submit to InFocus Photo Exhibit by clicking here. Deadline October 31, 2015!

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Follow InFocus Photo on Twitter.

Back to School for the Artist & Photographer

Buying my daughter’s school supplies made me jealous. Her brand new pencil crayons, felts, erasers, paint, paper… There is something exciting about new art materials! They make my fingers dance eagerly while my mind imagines the dust of charcoal and my paint-covered apron.

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Back to school marks a time to get focused and resume routines long forgotten over the summer.

  • It’s a time to buy the books on the book list.
  • Stock the backpack.
  • Pull on the new shoes.
  • Fill the binders with paper.
  • Organize the calendar.
  • Get on track with work and life…

Oops! I may have mixed my own back to school list with my kids’ just now – but adults tend to get back into the swing of things in September just like children. The vacation is over. The sleep bank has been filled (hopefully) and soon the tan has already faded.

I think September is an excellent time to make resolutions; maybe an even better time than New Years.

Over the summer I love to read as many books as possible, daydream about my art and plan how my work will move forward.

It’s almost the end of September, baby!

For me, I am excited to reestablish regular art-making and writing routines this autumn. There are a lot of big projects coming up that were hard to focus on over the summer when my kids were calling me to play.

Now is the time. 

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One of the things on my list this fall is the InFocus Photo Exhibit. We are currently accepting submissions until the end of October. If you are an Alberta photographer, click here to learn more.

I also have a plethora of book projects I’m working on and am eager to stretch some canvases and get painting…

Truly, September is a time of invigoration and new energy!

What will be keeping you busy this fall?

Do you love “back to school” time – or hate it? (No judgement!)

What art project did you put aside over the summer that you will be picking up again?

Happy art-making!

– Alexis Marie

Submit Now! The InFocus Photography Exhibit Call for Submissions Opens Today!

Prepare your image files and plan your framing. Which photos best reflect your style? Today is the day! The InFocus Photography Exhibition officially launches its call for submissions on August 1, 2015.

Here is some information about InFocus:

WHAT: A group exhibition featuring of the best contemporary photography by Albertan photographers. Curated by Alexis Marie Chute.

MISSION: To promote and exhibit innovative, thoughtful and provocative photography created by Alberta’s contemporary image-makers.

WHEN: February 1 – 29, 2016, taking place during Exposure Photography Festival

WHERE: DC3 Art Projects, commercial art gallery in Edmonton, Alberta. 10567-111 Street.

WHY SUBMIT: InFocus is a great opportunity for photographers from Alberta to be featured in a noteworthy exhibition during a major photographic festival. Photographers and their work will be celebrated in a beautiful commercial gallery, receive tremendous exposure across Canada, and become one of the distinguished InFocus Alumni.

Please click here to submit your photography to be considered for the 2016 InFocus exhibition.

Follow InFocus Photo Exhibit on Twitter.

Like InFocus Photo on Facebook.

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Come be Inspired by Photography at InFocus Edmonton – Exhibition starts Tomorrow!

InFocus Edmonton starts tomorrow and you don’t want to miss it! The doors open at 10:00am on Saturday, February 21, followed by evening activities beginning at 6:30pm with the Curator Talk by yours truly. After that, at 7:00pm the opening party officially kicks off with wine and snacks. It will be a great time of mingling, creative conversations and, most importantly, amazing photography by some of Edmonton’s artistic gems. Later in the evening, Mohsin Zaman will grace us with his music. It is sure to be a very memorable night! Then Sunday, February 22, the gallery is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

InFocus Edmonton photographers:

Akemi Matsubuchi

Al Dixon

Alicia Proudfoot

Bethany MacCallum

Brady Simpson

Bri Vos

Candace Makowichuk

Chan Rin

Christine Rossi

Christopher Shaw

Colin Vince

Curtis Trent

Dan McKechnie

Darrin Hagen

Daryl Kozub

David Aaron

Dawn LeBlanc

Eric Petersen

Gerry Dotto

Hedy Bach

Jenn Hang

Jonathan Schell

Karue Wahchira

Kevin Tuong

Marc Chalifoux

Martin Snider

Nicolas Abarca

Robert Pohl

Tim Lutic

Wilfred Kozub

InFocus Edmonton YEG invitation Alexis Marie Chute Photography exhibit info

InFocus Edmonton:

Location:

Drawing Room, Annex Building,

Harcourt House Artist Run Centre

10211-112 Street, Edmonton, AB, CAN

Exhibit Hours:

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 10:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Events:

Curator Talk – Saturday, February 21, 6:30pm

Opening Reception – Saturday, February 21, 7:00pm

Please click here to learn more about InFocus Edmonton and to RSVP to the opening.

Also, connect with InFocus on Twitter and also on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you at InFocus!

 

InFocus Edmonton Musical Collaboration with Mohsin Zaman

InFocus Edmonton is only four days away! The group photography exhibit will be an amazing presentation of the creativity and vision of Edmonton and area photographers and artists.

I am excited to announce that Mohsin Zaman will be playing his music at our opening reception Saturday night, February 21st. I love supporting local musicians. I believe collaboration across artistic disciplines benefits us all. Plus, I’m really excited to listen to some awesome music while looking at great art. Sounds like a perfect night.

Please join us!

Get to know Mohsin Zaman:

From the bustling streets of Dubai to the wintry turf of Edmonton, Mohsin Zaman is old hand at being a newcomer. With a voice haunted by heartbreak, curiosity and ever-bearing hope, he sings, writes, and performs with a wealth of skill and spirit far beyond his years. His album Waking Up charts his ambitious journey from the Middle East to Canada, narrating the romance, joy and nostalgia he witnessed through passing frames. Mohsin Zaman is a cherished performer and musician in the Edmonton Music scene; he bears a soul power and honesty that propels his audience into new space, changes the atmosphere of a room with a sole song, and inspires any and everyone in his path.

Preview his music on SoundCloud or check out Mohsin on Facebook.

Details of InFocus Edmonton:

Location:

Drawing Room, Annex Building,

Harcourt House Artist Run Centre

10211-112 Street, Edmonton, AB, CAN

Exhibit Hours:

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 10:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Events:

Curator Talk – Saturday, February 21, 6:30pm

Opening Reception – Saturday, February 21, 7:00pm

Please click here to learn more about InFocus Edmonton and to RSVP to the opening.

Also, connect with InFocus on Twitter and also on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you at InFocus!

 

 

InFocus Edmonton Announces the Photographers Featured in its Inaugural Exhibition

With over 200 submissions, InFocus is proud to announce the outstanding photographers chosen to represent the creative talent of Edmonton and area during Exposure Photography Festival 2015.

InFocus YEG will exhibit the creative work of:

  • David Aaron
  • Nicolas Abarca
  • Hedy Bach
  • Marc Chalifoux
  • Al Dixon
  • Gerry Dotto
  • Darrin Hagen
  • Jenn Hang
  • Daryl Kozub
  • Wilfred Kozub
  • Dawn LeBlanc
  • Tim Lutic
  • Bethany MacCallum
  • Candace Makowichuk
  • Akemi Matsubuchi
  • Dan McKechnie
  • Eric Petersen
  • Robert Pohl
  • Alicia Proudfoot
  • Chan Rin
  • Christine Rossi
  • Jonathan Schell
  • Christopher Shaw
  • Brady Simpson
  • Martin Snider
  • Curtis Trent
  • Kevin Tuong
  • Colin Vince
  • Bri Vos
  • Karue Wahchira

 

The featured image to represent InFocus during Exposure is Brady Simpson’s “Playing Cards.” Well done, Brady.

 

Congratulations to all InFocus Edmonton 2015 photographers!

 

InFocus Edmonton Exhibition

February 21 – 22, 2015

Annex Gallery at Harcourt House

10215-112 Street, Edmonton, AB

Saturday, February 21: 10am to 10pm, 6:30pm Curator Talk, 7pm reception with live music

Sunday, February 22: 10am to 5pm

 

To volunteer for InFocus Edmonton please email Alexis Marie: [email protected]

 

Other posts about InFocus YEG:

15 Days into our Call for Submissions and 15 Reasons Why You Need to Submit

Q&A To Help Prepare Your InFocus Edmonton Photography Submission

Hot off the Photographic Presses: The InFocus Edmonton Call for Submissions

Exposure Photography Festival Broadens its Scope to include all of Alberta

Happy Halloween: Submit your Photography to InFocus Yeg

Last Chance to enter your Photography in InFocus YEG

Tomorrow – Sunday, November 30, 2014 – is your last chance to enter Infocus Edmonton!

It’s scramble time, people!

Find your best photographs and enter them here.

For more information about InFocus Edmonton, read, “Hot off the Photographic Presses: The InFocus Edmonton Call for Submissions!

To learn why you should enter for a chance to participate in the exhibition, check out: “15 Reasons Why You Need to Submit

Visit the InFocus YEG call for submissions and image entry page here.

If you (a) live in Edmonton or in a surrounding area, (b) are a photographer and (c) want to share your work – now is the time! Enter InFocus YEG for a chance to participate in this exciting exhibition.

Happy Halloween & Reminder: Submit your Photography to InFocus YEG

The first month in our call for submissions for InFocus YEG is nearing an end. If you have submitted already, THANK YOU! If not, there is still time. Locate your best pictures and enter them here. Or, if you are inspired by the spooky season, head out with your camera and capture something new. We are excited to see what you have been working on!

Happy Halloween!

 

Other posts about InFocus Edmonton:

15 Days into our Call for Submissions and 15 Reasons Why You Need to Submit

Q&A To Help Prepare Your InFocus Edmonton Photography Submission

Hot off the Photographic Presses: The InFocus Edmonton Call for Submissions

Exposure Photography Festival Broadens its Scope to include all of Alberta

InFocus Edmonton Call for Submissions

InFocus Edmonton Submission Form

 

15 Days in to our Call for Submissions & 15 Reasons Why You Need to Submit

InFocus YEG is an open theme group exhibition that will proudly display the local talent of Edmonton and area photographers. The exhibit is open to professionals, armatures and students alike.

Here are 15 reasons you should submit to InFocus YEG:

(1) See your photography hung in the Annex of Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, one of Edmonton’s most important artistic hubs.

(2) Your work will be featured in Exposure Photography Festival, which is province-wide for the first time in history.

(3) Sell your work during InFocus and keep 100% of the earnings.

(4) Network with other photographers and professionals during the festival.

(5) Participate in this exciting group exhibition as a fun way to kick off 2015.

(6) Discover other image-makers in Edmonton and find a creative community.

(7) Have something cool to talk about on Facebook and Twitter other than what you had for breakfast (Although we’re sure it was delicious!).

(8) Snatch up a volunteer opportunity with InFocus to gain experience mounting and running an exhibition.

(9) Attend a rockin’ reception party on February 28, 2015 with live music, wine and yummy snacks (and invite your family and friends!).

(10) Have your work discussed for its merits and inclusion in the show during the Curator Talk on Saturday, February 28 at 6:30pm in the gallery.

(11) It’s easy to submit your work online through our no fuss submission form.

(12) Each photographer’s Artist Statement and CV will be displayed to educate all visitors about your work.

(13) Have a lasting keepsake in the printed InFocus program with each photographer featured.

(14) If you enter before October 24, you have the chance to have one of your images featured in the Exposure Photography Festival magazine-style catalogue to represent InFocus!

(15) Photography is awesome!

Submit to Infocus YEG here. Deadline November 30, 2014!

 

Q&A to Help Prepare Your InFocus Edmonton Photography Submission

Is there a theme for InFocus?

There is no theme or categories for the exhibition. It is an open-theme show which means you may submit photographs of any subject you like. The goal of InFocus is to exhibit the best work by Edmonton and area photographers.

Is there a limit to the number of photographs I can submit?

No. You can submit as many photographic images as you’d like. The cost to enter is $10 per three images. If you want to enter more than three, you may do so in a subsequent entry.

Am I guaranteed to be included in the exhibition?

No. As the goal of InFocus YEG is to show the best work from our city and area, and also the fact that our space is limited, only a select number of photographs and photographers will be included. Even if your work is not selected, it may just mean we ran out of space and we strongly encourage you to submit again next year.

Who can submit to InFocus?

Anyone living in Edmonton or the surrounding communities may submit. The competition is open to professionals and amateur photographers, students and young people.

How will the photographs and photographers be selected?

InFocus is curated by Alexis Marie Chute, BFA, MFA candidate. She will select the images for inclusion from all submissions. She is looking for high quality photography that exhibits the talent and interests of our creative community.

Where will the photographs be displayed?

InFocus will be hung in the large multi-purpose room in the Annex building of Harcourt House Artist Run Centre.

Why is it important that InFocus is a part of Exposure Photography Festival?

Exposure 2015 is the first year that the festival is province-wide. In past, Exposure has only included Calgary, Banff and Canmore. As it is Edmonton’s first festival, it is important we celebrate our local talent and imagery.

When will the exhibition take place?

InFocus will be open to the public for viewing on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 10am until 10pm. It will reopen to the public again on Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 10am until 5pm.

What is the deadline to submit to InFocus?

To be considered for the featured image to represent InFocus in the Exposure magazine, the deadline is OCTOBER 24, 2014. The call for submissions for InFocus will officially close on NOVEMBER 30, 2014. There will be no extended deadline. Please submit early.

What is the schedule of when photographers will be notified, and when I would need to drop off my work and pick it up?

Please see the official call for submissions page for the InFocus Edmonton Schedule.

Do I need to resize my files for submission?

Yes. Please see the InFocus Edmonton Technical Details on the official call for submissions page.

Does my photograph(s) need to be framed to be accepted?

Your images must be prepared in a professional manner for exhibition. What that means is that they need to be printed at a high quality and either framed or printed on canvas and stretched. All photographs must be wired for easy hanging. Any work accepted for the exhibition but then delivered without the above listed standards, will be disqualified from the exhibition.

What do you recommend for framing?

Professional framing is always best but professional quality consumer frames will also be accepted. There must be real glass, not plastic, used in the framing. Simple black frames with mated images are a classic way to present your photograph(s). Please note the type of framing/presentation method chosen when submitting your work.

How much mating should I have around my photographs?

The size of the mat is personal preference and also a consideration of style and impact. It can be visually catching to have a smaller image with a large mat, or no mat around a photograph in a simple frame, for example. Generally, a minimum of two inches of mat around an image will give the photograph room to breathe.

Do you accept mixed media art?

We will accept mixed media art as long as the primary medium is photography. If you have questions about your specific piece, please email Alexis Marie: [email protected]

What size should I make my photographs for the exhibition?

This is up to you. If you are flexible regarding the size you print your image(s) for the exhibition, please note this in your submission form. Depending on space factors and the number of works to be shown, extremely large photographs may not fit – but this is where the curatorial magic comes in. At the end of the day, size your images to match your vision.

Why do I need to submit my CV and artist statement?

This information will be available for viewers of the exhibition. This information is often of interest to visitors wishing to purchase a photograph. Things to list on your artist CV that relate to you as a photographer: education, classes, exhibitions, publications, collaborations, memberships, volunteering, grants, etc. If you do not have anything to list in these categories – that’s okay! Maybe InFocus will be your first accolade on your new photography CV. If you do not submit a CV, that is totally fine.

What is important to include is your artist statement. This can be as short as a few sentences to a few paragraphs. In your artist statement you can talk about how you got interested in photography, how you take your photographs, why photography is important to you and the meaning behind your work.

Can I submit a series of photographs?

Yes. The whole series may be accepted or only one image depending on space.

Why is there a fee to submit?

InFocus is a 100% volunteer effort, a labor of love. The fee to submit your photographs goes to the practical aspects of mounting the exhibition. Such expenses include: listing the exhibition in the Exposure magazine, advertising the show, printing invitations and posters, venue insurance, reception party snacks and wine, and small printed programs for the show.

How do you accept payment?

PayPal.

Can I sell my photograph(s) displayed during InFocus?

Yes! One of the goals of InFocus is to support our local creative talent. All photographers will retain 100% of their sales. Volunteers will provide interested buyers with the photographer’s contact information and purchase details.

How can I volunteer for InFocus?

InFocus has many volunteer opportunities including: hanging and striking the show, distributing the call for submissions and exhibition posters, manning the show, and setting up for and clean up after the reception, for example. If you would like to sign up to volunteer, first of all: THANK YOU! Please contact Alexis Marie to be added to our volunteer list: [email protected]

How should I price my photograph(s)?

This is a personal decision. Some things to consider: printing costs, framing costs and your own value as a photographer (your worth should never be underestimated!). Think about what price you are comfortable selling your work? Please do not value your work too low. If your photography is accepted into InFocus, you may discuss the price with the curator at that time.

What should I list for the date and medium of my photographs?

The date should be listed as the year the image was made. The medium can be something to the effect of “Photograph” or “Photograph on aluminum” or “Mixed-medium Photograph” or “Giclée print” for example.

What is the Curator Talk?

At 6:30pm on Saturday, February 21, 2015, curator Alexis Marie Chute will discuss the ideas and importance behind InFocus Edmonton as well share about the photography and photographers selected for the show.

When is the reception party taking place?

Following the Curator Talk on Saturday, February 21, 2015, InFocus will host a reception and Exposure Photography Festival party. There will be live music, snacks and drinks. If you would like an invitation to the reception party, please send your mailing address to [email protected]. All photographers are encouraged to attend and invite their family and friends. It is going to be a great night!

 

If you have questions not addressed here, please email [email protected] and you will receive timely answers. Odds are that if you are wondering, others are as well.

Best wishes for submitting to InFocus Edmonton! We look forward to seeing your work!

Click here to read the InFocus YEG Call for Submissions.

Click here to submit to InFocus YEG!

Follow us on Twitter: @infocusYEG