As an extension of our current exhibition, Behind the Lens 2020: Women in Photography, and in an effort to include as many female perspectives as possible in one visual conversation, the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts (RICPA) presents a free, ongoing, online call for photographs by women.
Selected works will be highlighted in essays that will be posted and archived on the RICPA website, shared via the RICPA Instagram and Facebook page, and published as part of the greater online exhibition, Behind the Lens 2020 Plus. Selection of work is ongoing, with new works added to the online exhibition on a weekly basis.
This call aligns with Women’s History Month and the centennial of the 19th Amendment: milestones that only reaffirm and resurface a complex history of the female experience: one which includes struggle, accomplishment, hardship, progress, indignity, perseverance, and proof of worth––and which cannot possibly be represented by a handful of artists alone.
Through this online call for photographs shot by women, the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts hopes to welcome as many voices as possible into a crucial conversation about the state of women in 2020.
- Any woman is eligible to participate. Individuals do not need to be based in the U.S.
- Photographs may be taken with any kind of camera, including a phone.
- Photographs may have been taken at any point in time.
- There is no fee to submit work to the call.
- There is no limit to subject matter: all genres, and all subjects, objective or abstract, are eligible. All photographic processes are welcome as well, including experimental and more traditional methods of photography. Please note: due to Instagram and Facebook regulations, RICPA may be unable to repost certain content.
- Submitting individuals may include a verbal component––any caption, text, or statement––to the work they submit.
- Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis. Any work that is entered will be considered throughout the entirety of the call––submitting sooner increases your opportunity for selection.
- Submissions will be reviewed by Grace Marie DeWitt, one of the exhibiting artists in Behind the Lens 2020: Women in Photography, the in-gallery companion exhibition to this call. Selections will consider conceptual soundness, artistic quality, and diversity of perspective.
How to Submit:
- DM the @RIPhotoArts Instagram, message the @RIPhotoArts Facebook page, or email email@example.com (subject title should be “Behind the Lens Plus”) with your images and any paired text. There is no limit to the number of images you can submit.
- Include your full name, website link, and Instagram handle/Facebook name if applicable.
There is currently no set end to the online exhibition.
Questions: Please contact us through any of the submission means above.
About the Juror:
Submissions will be reviewed by Grace Marie DeWitt (she/her/hers), one of the exhibiting artists in Behind the Lens 2020: Women in Photography, RICPA’s in-gallery companion exhibition to this call. DeWitt is a Maryland-based interdisciplinary artist, fellow of the public programs department at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and communications and gallery associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.
About Behind the Lens 2020: Women in Photography:
The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts is celebrating Women’s History month with an invitational exhibition featuring five women discovered through their entries in our previous open calls. For our fourth annual spotlight on women working behind the camera, we have assembled photographers at all career stages from high school to late career professional to present a snapshot of current practice. The exhibition features work by Grace Marie DeWitt, Deb Ehrens, Molly Lamb, Zena Tadmoury & Jess Voas.
The exhibition will be presented in tandem with Visual Conversations, a collaborative project featuring seven women––Karla Bernstein, Diane Collins, Estelle Disch, Deb Ehrens, Paula Laverty, Lisa Redburn and Jean Schnell––exploring what can happen when artists work together in the Focus Gallery.
About the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts (RICPA):
Located in the heart of Providence, the RICPA was founded to inspire creative development and provide opportunities to engage with the community through exhibitions, education, publication, and mutual support.
RICPA exists to create a diverse and supportive community for individuals interested in learning or working in the Photographic Arts. We strive to provide an environment conducive to the free exchange of ideas in an open and cooperative space. Members should share a passion for creating, appreciating, or learning about all forms of photo-based media. We work to provide a platform for artistic expression, that fosters dialogue and drives innovation in the photographic arts.