Art Walk and two local Photo contests

Hello everyone!  It’s been a while but here’s a great local contest with awesome prizes for you to check out: Deadline June 30, 2012


Part of the rules of the contest are that “All photos must have been taken in the confines of Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, including the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Gardens located at 2400 S, Scenic Ave. Springfield MO.”



Another semi-local contest:  “Rural Missouri and Missouri State Parks have teamed up again to bring you the contest, which is open to all amateur photographers. This year’s contest includes five categories for adults and a new category, “Children in Nature,” reserved just for shutterbugs age 12 and younger.”

More info and the entry form can be found at this site:




Also, if you’re in the Springfield, MO area tomorrow night, First Friday Art Walk will be happening all over downtown from 6-10pm.  

  • Enjoy an art, music, food and culture. Circle the globe with the Cinco de Mayo Celebration at MSU Center of International Programs, which includes a sampling of international foods, and Taiwanese artists Cheng-Syuan Liu and Thomas Cheong Kah Ho: Metal and Clay, at Springfield Pottery.   See work by local college students with the Fine Art Student Showcase at OTC Fine Art Gallery at The Gillioz, and the Senior Capstone Exhibit at Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, Graduating Senior Artwork at Evangel Bellwether Gallery, Ode to Dysfunction by MSU Senior Amy Byrum at Good Girl Art Gallery and BFA Senior Exhibitions at MSU Brick City Gallery and the MSU Student Exhibition Center. Also, don’t miss Megan Spree’s BFA Senior Exhibition in Photography, featured at MSU Center of International Programs’ Cinco de Mayo celebration.


  • Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5, Artsfest on Walnut Street.  Just north of campus, enjoy a weekend of juried art vendors, music and performance on Walnut Street.

A Message from the photo world

There is a call for entries happening right now by a group called Hit That Shutter which is a collective of photo faculty and artists trying to communicate ideas about photography education.  Below is a message to be forwarded to the likes of all you…

To Undergraduate Photography Programs:

We are “Hit That Shutter,” a group of photographic faculty and photographic artists.  We seek to create an exchange between differing photographic programs and their students, to foster a dialogue of understanding of the differing approaches and methods of instruction found at institutions throughout the United States and to actively support emerging artists by showcasing their work.

We are inviting you to spread the word about our current call for entries:

Spring 2011 Undergraduate Photography Survey

  1. The top selected student photographer will receive a cash prize of $500.00 in addition to being included in the annual publication (book) as well as being included in the Best of Show Exhibition.
  2. The top three selected student photographers will be included in the annual publication (book) and will receive a copy of the book.  They will also be included in the Best of Show Exhibition.
  3. The top ten selected student photographers will be included in the annual publication (book) and receive a copy of the book.
  4. Featured artists (instructors) will also be included in the annual publication (book) and receive a copy of the book.  Please visit our website at HitThatShutter.org <http://HitThatShutter.org>  for details about submitting work as a featured artist.
  5. The instructor listed on the entry form will also receive a cash prize of $500.00.

The intent of the cash awards is to encourage/provide photographers of all levels some funding to use for the creation of their art.  Students in any undergraduate program with a concentration in photography can submit any photographically derived work.  Submission details can be found at CallforEntry.org <http://CallforEntry.org> .

We are asking all undergraduate photography students to participate and we hope that you will pass this information on to everyone that may be interested in participating.

Thank you,

Hit That Shutter

HitThatShutter.org <http://HitThatShutter.org>


LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph

I have stumbled across a pretty incredible 3 day festival coming up in a few months.  The LOOK3 festival this year will be three days of exhibitions, workshops, lectures and mastertalks from some photographers you may have heard of (Alex Webb, Steve McCurry, Nan Goldin, Mary Ellen Mark, etc.) and has separate workshop classes which, although are a bit more expensive, are with some pretty prominent people, like Brian Storm of MediaStorm (if you haven’t checked out MediaStorm, i would highly recommend it).  The Festival will be taking place in Charlottesville, North Carolina, June 9-11 with some workshops being prior to the start of the festival.  Best part, three day passes for students are only $60 if you buy online before March 15.  Take advantage of this, it should be a pretty awesome opportunity.  Check out the specifics and order your tickets at Look3.org



Boys and Girls club Volunteers

Hello all, and sorry for the long time, no post.  As some of you may remember, Jimmie Allen had requested at one of the meetings that The Boys and Girls Club needed volunteers on Friday afternoons to teach kids a little bit about photography.  Well today just so happens to be Friday and that means that you could be helping teach some local kids a thing or two about photography.  This is a great volunteer opportunity and could be a really good time.  If you are interested in participating tonight, the group will be meeting at The Gillioz Theater downtown at 4:30 and will meet for an hour.  If you are interested in participating at a later date and want more information you can talk to Jimmie and he would have all the specifics for you.

More posts to come, happy photographing!


Visiting Artist Mark Steinmetz

Hey everyone,  Don’t forget that Mark Steinmetz will be visiting tomorrow November 9th at 8 p.m. in Karls Hall 101.  He will be giving a lecture, I presume covering his past work and process of working.  He will also be doing student critiques tomorrow in two sessions, from 9-noon and 1:30-4:30 in Ellis 303 so bring your work, past or present, and get another viewpoint on your work.


Dominant Color Contest – Deadline September 29

The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards is accepting submissions for a few different contests at the moment, however, the deadline is approaching rather quickly, so enter soon.

The first of these contests is one focused on photographs that have a single dominant color that becomes the centerpiece of the image.  It can be any color, even black or white, but the image as a whole must be in color.  So strictly black and white images, are not eligible to be entered in this competition.  There are a few examples on the WEBSITE that explain perhaps a bit better than I.

The second contest they are currently accepting submissions for is a Urban and Country Landscape competition in which they are looking for photographs that tell of a place, your hometown, your city, a city you visited, etc.  It seems to be a pretty open subject matter as long as the image is telling of the place where it was captured.  What is especially nice about this competition is that you are only required to an entry fee if you are accepted through the first screening process, so there really is no risk.  Check it out.  Submissions are being accepted until October 3rd so you don’t have much time.



A New Year

Greetings all of you fellow photo folk.  I sincerely hope that everyone’s semester is going well for them so far.  Since this is the first post of the 2010-2011 school year and so much is going on as far as events, shows, competitions, etc… there will be a few post following this one with details to every opportunity that I can dig up for you all.

I wanted to remind/inform everyone, and encourage you to spread the word along about something coming up very soon that should be of interest to anyone that doesn’t own every piece of equipment their little heart desires.  MAC On Campus will be here, in the studio in Pummill Hall on September 30 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  MAC On Campus is a company that specializes in getting top quality camera equipment into the hands of students and offers some pretty nice discounts for us.  They have everything from camera bodies and digital backs, strobes and lighting kits, wireless strobe triggers, light meters, tripods, etc.  Even if you don’t think you can afford anything or arent really planning on buying anything you should be sure to come check out what they have and get to handle some top-end gear.

Later that evening, in Pummill 205 at 8:15 p.m., a former MSU Photo student and MFA graduate from the University of Chicago, Casey Smallwood will be on campus and will be giving a talk about grad school, how to prepare yourself and get your application in.  This is an awesome opportunity for anyone who has considered grad school even in the slightest.  Please plan to attend and pick the brain of someone who has gone through all of it recently and show your support for her willingness to visit and talk with us.  Be sure to check out her website and look at her work.

I will post soon about all of the upcoming show and contest opportunities.


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