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September 2016 newsletter

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This month, we’re excited to explore how the medium of photography has expanded and how we interact with photographic images in the current day. Our fall exhibition features six contemporary artists from New Orleans who use photographs as key elements in their work but use alternative display methods such as video, audio, and sculptural elements. Come get inspired by the exhibition then join us for a workshop to learn how to build a simple but beautiful lightbox to broaden the way you display your own work. If you already incorporate photography into expanded formats we want see it! Send us images; we might share your work on social media.

We’re also challenging our NOPA members to submit your best work for the annual CURRENTS 2016 exhibition, showcasing contemporary photographic work. The exhibition opens during PhotoNOLA at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, running December 8 through January 29, 2017. We’re proud to announce the exhibition will be juried by Kevin Miller of the Southeast Museum of Photography.

Finally, thank you to all the photographers who volunteered to support the mission of the Second Harvest Food Bank as they provide aid to the victims of the flooding. We were so touched by the generosity of our community and willingness to share your talent and equipment to document this disaster and relief efforts. We remain committed to helping as we can, so if you were impacted by the disaster and need assistance please let us know.

– Amy Dailey Williams, Executive Director, NOPA

PN-logo-150x150PhotoNOLA Call for Exhibition Listings
Exhibition Space Deadline: September 1
Festival Guide Submission Deadline: September 15
The 11th Annual PhotoNOLA Festival is around the corner! The festival will take place in New Orleans from Dec. 8-11 and we are seeking proposals to establish exhibitions and spaces for the event. More info


maximize windowMaximize Window: The Expanded Photograph in Contemporary Art of New Orleans
Opening Reception: Sat., September 10, 2016, 6:30-9:30pm
NOPA Gallery, 1111 Saint Mary St., NOLATodd Rennie, NOPA Programming Chair, has curated a thought-provoking exhibition focusing on photography in expanded formats; bringing together contemporary sculpture, installation and video from New Orleans that has roots in, or ties to, the straight photograph. This group show will feature the work of Sophie T. Lvoff, Colin Roberson, Brittan Rosendahl, Jonathan Traviesa and Bob Weisz. This is photography with a twist: sculptural and audio elements, digital processes and displays will challenge viewers’ notions of photography today. Image: Brittan Rosendahl, Flux, 2016. Remixed medias. Looped video installation on 5 wall mounted monitors. (1994 Tulane University Yearbook. Various photographic print sources. Televisions.) 176″ x 43″ Dimensions variable.

2nd Tuesdays at NOPA: Presentation of 2016 Clarence John Laughlin Award Finalists

Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 – 8:30pm @ NOPA Gallery

Join us in the gallery for a special presentation of the portfolios of our 2016 Clarence John Laughlin Award finalists. Juror Steven Albahari, Publisher of 21st Editions, selected ten finalists from 104 submissions for their exemplary use of photography as a means of creative expression. See the full portfolio of each finalist before we announce a winner on October 15!

Full Aperture Film Series:
Lo-fi Pleasure: Celebrating George Kucher

Sat., September 17; 8pm (door @ 7:30) @ NOPA Gallery

$5 NOPA members/$6 Gen. Public

In partnership with Shotgun Cinema, NOPA is opening our doors for a film series focusing on the intersections between film and photography. This month, Shotgun brings work by George Kucher, a campy low-budget filmmaker who heavily influenced the works of emerging directors John Waters and David Lynch in the 1960s.

Outside the Box Workshop: Build Your Own Lightbox

Sat., September 24, 2:30 – 6:30pm @ NOPA Gallery

Workshop Fee: $75/members; $85 Gen. Public + material fee (approx. $30)

This workshop with photographer and installation artist Linka A Odom will explore photo-based installation artists and photographers who stretch the boundaries of the traditional frame. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to explore the exhibition then watch a presentation on Odom’s work as well as other photographers who work with multi-media materials. Participants will learn how to build a simple, beautiful light box using affordable and easy-to-find materials. Everyone leaves with a finished light box of their own making! Register online

Odom has been commissioned to create her magic light box installations in 6 countries and more than 20 music & art festivals. She was awarded a Getty Images Creative Grant in 2012 for her unique installations utilizing photographic light boxes.

Portfolio Share Happy Hour with Zack Smith

Thurs., September 29, 6:30 – 9pm @ NOPA Gallery

$25/members; $35/Gen. Public. Space is limited. Register online

We’re taking our portfolio sharing events in a different direction this month. NOPA member and professional photographer Zack Smith will host this event for photographers wishing to take their work to the next level. Participants will present a body of work and Zack will address specific questions and concerns then lead the group in discussion of the work. This Happy Hour is intended for emerging professionals and experienced amateurs to get open and honest feedback from an Alliance Member with many years in the fine art, commercial, and photography education business.

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NOPA Needs You!
If you are interested in affecting change through photography in the Gulf Coast and beyond, please consider applying to be an officer of the New Orleans Photo Alliance. Our board is actively engaged in setting directions and providing leadership that impact photographers and photography in tangible and important ways. The work is demanding but highly rewarding. As a Board Officer/Committee Chair, you will work with like-minded people and the experience you gain and people you meet will inform your own work. Send us an email with your resume and qualifications to apply. NOPA is committed to diversity in all aspects of its business and programming and encourages and promotes considerations of diverse candidates in the nomination and election of Board officers. Current board & contact info here.
aroundnoladheaderIf you have a photography event you would like to share, let us know by submitting the info here. Please pass the news and link along!

From Moussor to Tignon:
The Evolution of the Headress

McKenna Museum of African-American Art

September 10 – October 11, 2016

The Olaju Art Group presents photographs by Juliana Kasumu. This portraiture series reflects on the sensationalism of head wraps worn by women of color in past and present societies. By tracing the history of this notorious fashion statement, Kasumu presents unique perspectives into the linkages between Creole women of color in New Orleans and signares in Senegal.

Capitol City Contemporary: 3/Photography

Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA

Show some love to Baton Rouge and head up the river to see this group exhibition featuring the photography of Mary Ann Caffery, Paulo Steven Diniz, Kevin Duffy, William Greiner, Dede Lusk, David Humphreys, Amy James, Eleanor Owen Kerr, A.J. Meek, Katherine Scherer, Jim Zietz, and Reni Zietz. Also at LASM, running concurrently, is the exhibit “Lovely as a Tree” including photography by Beth Moon.


Portraits 2017

The Center for Fine Art Photography

Submission Deadline: September 7

Annual Portraits exhibition juried by Karen Marks, director of Howard Greenberg Gallery. Winner receives awards and honors, exhibition, reception, and portfolio review. Info

Antenna: Louisiana Open Call 2017

Submission Deadline: September 15

Individual or collaborative Louisiana artists in any media welcome to apply. One applicant will be awarded a solo show for the 2017 calendar year and a $1,500 honorarium. Info

99 Problems (but a print ain’t one)

The Southern Gallery

Submission Deadline: October 1

Group show featuring artwork in the following 9 disciplines: woodcut, linocut, etching, engraving, monotype, lithography, screen print, digital print, transfer, or any combination thereof. Info

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