Update from the Director…
June promises to be a busy month, full of opportunities for Members and visitors alike, with the launch of several new programs including the production of exhibition catalogs and our landscape exhibition series, with more to come in July. Read on for entry information on our 4th Spotlight Member Exhibition (entry closes Sunday June 4th) and details on the cameras (a pair of X-T5 camera kits and a Medium Format Fuji GFX 50s II) provided by Fuji USA and available as prizes to Members participating in our Payphone Scavenger Hunt and, or our recently launched “Interlines, Lifelines, Redlines” juried call to explore community.
Our Payphone Scavenger Hunt has started coming together in the gallery… Join us in this challenge as this exhibition continues to grow through October. As an added incentive, I am happy to announce, that Fuji USA is sponsoring our Membership initiative and has provided a number of cameras for us to offer as prizes for members. All Scavenger Hunt participants, who are Members or become Members will be entered into a random drawing for a new Fuji XT-5 with XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens kit. Camera equipment will be provided direct from Fuji USA.
We have launched a new Call for Entries for an exhibition in September. Interlines, Lifelines & Redlines is a call to explore community, and a place to submit images of all the other interesting things you see while you are out searching for Payphones… Again, Fuji USA has provided two camera systems to offer as prizes for participating members
Entry is open for our Forth Annual Spotlight Member Exhibition. This year’s Spotlight Member exhibition will be juried by Emily Belz…. In this unique Member exhibition opportunity work is juried as a set of five related images to explore an idea or tell a story. This is your chance to explore how photographs changed when combined into a series or collection…. but time is limited. Entry closes June 4th
Members Wanted… We are a member supported, volunteer organization and your Membership comes with many benefits, including the opportunity to participate in our three annual member exhibitions and… this year thanks to Fuji USA, members have the chance to take home one of two Fuji XT-5 with XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens or a Fuji Medium Format GFX 50s II with a 32-64mm lens. Don’t miss out… Included among the other member benefits is our monthly Print Share & Peer Review series. The next session is scheduled for May 10th, bring some prints to share and feel free to bring a friend or two…
Membership starts by registering at https://www.riphotocenter.org/registration
Details on our Membership options are outlined at https://www.riphotocenter.org/membership-info
Our Words Matter… Call for Entry has closed The Exhibition, open to street photography, conceptual work and everything in-between with words found, created or imagined, will open on June 15th. Results have been posted, if you entered work, check your email or your CaFE account for information on which individual images have been selected. A listing of photographers with accepted images has been added to Call webpage. The exhibition is being produced in tandem with Gershon Stark’s Sticks and Stones in the Focus Gallery.
Join us… as a Visitor or Member, visits to the gallery are free and new exhibitions open on the third Thursday of each month and I look forward to seeing you on May 18th as we open the first exhibitions in our new series to explore Landscape photography and the world around us. There is still time to view our 9th International Juried Exhibition in person which continues in our galleries through May 12th. The Awards presentation are available on our website at https://www.riphotocenter.org/9th-international-juried-exhibition/
The gallery is open Thursdays – Saturdays Noon – 6:00pm or by appointment
Currently in the Gallery: through June 10th
A curated look at Landscape Photography in the 21st Century as the first in a series of exhibitions to explore current approaches to Landscape Photography. This inaugural presentation features work by Richard Alan Cohen, Linda Megathlin, Lisa Redburn & Suzanne Révy with work selected to update how we define the genre, which landscapes we chose to celebrate, which to remember, and how landscape photography has evolved since the time of Carleton Watkins, William Henry Jackson and more recently the work of Ansel Adams, who’s work typically defines the popular notion of what landscape photography should look like. presented in tandem with Thirteen Hours to Fall by Marg
Thirteen Hours to Fall, by Margret LeJeune
in the Focus Gallery
We are pleased to be hosting the first solo presentation of Thirteen Hours to Fall by Margaret LeJeune. This ongoing project takes a unique approach to exploring climate change and first came to my attention as a reviewer at the New England Portfolio Reviews. Thirteen Hours to Fall not only pictures the changing landscape but actually uses the landscape itself to participate in the development of the images. Margaret’s exploration of rising sea levels, focuses not on houses falling into the sea, but on the more subtle process and effects of saltwater intrusion.
Join us for an Opening Reception for both exhibitions on May 18th 5:00 – 8:00pm
Membership has Benefits – Fourth Juried Member Spotlight Exhibition
Entry is open for our Forth Annual Spotlight Member Exhibition is open. This popular Member exhibition provides that rare opportunity to show a collection or series of images to tell a story or present a unified idea. This Call provides an opportunity to share a small body of work, and is a great opportunity to launch a new body of work, without the expense of mounting a solo exhibition. Project reviews will be provided in a live Zoom group review session with the Juror. A selection of projects, including all the works selected for exhibition, will be discussed in this open session.
This year juror is Emily Belz, an independent photographer and educator based in Lincoln, MA. Her photographs focus on domestic still lifes, telling stories through the traces, objects, and slants of light that have been left behind. Belz has exhibited her photographs widely in both solo and group exhibitions. She is represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston.
…. In this Member exhibition work is juried as a set of five related images to explore an idea or tell a story. This is your chance to explore how photographs changed when combined into a series or collection….
Entry closes Midnight, June 4th…
#Payphonemaps: Scavenger Hunt – ongoing through October…
Open to photographs captured with any technology, from pinhole to cellphone cameras, and everything in between. Participation is free, but to be included in the map and exhibition, each payphone MUST be submitted with either the physical address or cross-streets, city, and zip code and if the Payphone is operational or not. Members who participate are automatically entered in a drawing for a new Fuji X-T5 with XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens kit, provided direct from Fuji USA.
The #Payphonemaps: Scavenger Hunt is live… Join us in this challenge we are looking to draw on the talents of our Community to crowd source a map a of the remaining Payphones, or former sites of Payphones in the United States. The project is an initiative started by Eric Kunsman as an extension of his personal project, Felicific Calculus: Technology as a Social Marker of Race, Class, & Economics that we hosted here at the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts in March. Starting in March and running through October, we are curating a constantly expanding exhibition from images submitted in our Streetside Gallery and all images will be added to the map of Payphones throughout the United States on a dedicated website with image credit provided to each photographer.
David DeMelim and Eric Kunsman will juror the submissions adding images from #Payphonemap to the walls of RICPA starting in March 2023 and running through October 13th. All selected images will be printed for free utilizing HiTi Dye Sublimation printers and provided free for participating individuals. At the end of the exhibition, prints will be available for pick up in the gallery, or participants can pay to have their prints shipped. Otherwise, the prints will be archived as portfolio available for viewing, but not for sale at RICPA in Providence, RI.
#NewEnglandPayphones will also curate a separate collection for us to feature the Payphones in New England. This will also be presented at the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts and will be published by BookSmart Studios, as limited addition Artist Book.
Full Details and Entry form for this free exhibition can be found at #Payphonemaps: Scavenger Hunt
Call For Entries – Interlines, Lifelines & Redlines
We have Launched a new Call for Entries for an exhibition in September. Interlines, Lifelines & Redlines is a call to Explore Community, and a place to submit images of all the other interesting things you see while you are out searching for Payphones… Again, Fuji USA has provided a Fuji XT-5 with XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens and a Fuji Medium Format GFX 50s II with a 32-64mm lens to offer as prizes for participating members.
Building on work done for the FSA and what might be for some, a new way of seeing, we are looking to explore or document the, structures or situations that consciously or unconsciously assign value or status of a neighborhood. This is an open ended call for all images to explore, document, comment or reflect on how we inventory the world around us.
Interlines: Lifelines, Redlines & Social Markers looks to capture the present through a wider lens, to explore and question what you see in your community, what you see in neighboring communities. “Good Neighborhoods” “Bad Neighborhoods” As we discuss infrastructure on a national level, what landmarks, signposts or stores do you use to evaluate need, health, or affluence of a community? This is a call to explore social markers… to start conversations… to ask the question, is your fear real?
Interlines, Lifelines, Redlines:
Social Markers of Race, Class & Economics
Entry is open through July 1st.
Exhibition: September 21st.
Next in the Galleries – Opening June 15th
This juried exhibition explores how words and images can make us laugh, polarize opinions, erect barriers or breakdown walls. We hope this exhibition challenges your perceptions or at least shines a light on how words, phrases and even off hand comments have the power to change lives. The exhibition presents a wide selection of images culled from demonstrations, graffiti, street scenes and more conceptual projects to explore the Power of Words and Images.
Words Matter: Found, Created or Imagined will open on June 15th in conjunction with Sticks and Stones by Gershon Stark.
“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me” a phrase most of us have heard repeatedly since our earliest school days, a phrase meant to diffuse physical violence, is in fact a lie. The rhyme, typically used as a defense against name-calling and verbal bullying, is one that has always struck me as backwards. While the rhyme’s effectiveness at curbing physical violence or limiting bullying is debatable, the fact that the harm words cause last long after any physical bruises have healed is the central theme of Gershon’s project.
This ongoing project attempts to make visible the lasting harm these words cause. Stark’s unique approach in his portrait sessions help to make visible lashon hara, (“evil tongue” in Hebrew) and the lasting harm words can inflict. Stark continues to seek new participants, and new perspectives to add to this portrait series. To support his search we have created a Photo Booth like installation where visitors can add their words and image to the project and personal portrait sessions can be scheduled for those visitors looking to be included in the project.
Our next Print Share & Peer Review session is scheduled for June 7th.
These peer review sessions are open to interested in sharing and commenting on work with fellow members and enthusiasts. Bring your prints to this monthly event which is generally scheduled for the Second Wednesday of each month and starts at 6:30pm. Check the events section on our website for more information and updates.
Individual Portfolio/Project Reviews:
Individual feedback opportunities are available on an ongoing basis in four different formats for 2023. These review sessions can be used to preview new work, share ideas and explore future directions or projects in development. Appointments can be scheduled online for Zoom or in person sessions at www.riphotocenter.org/portfolio-reviews-and-consultations
Registration is open for our annual 20 minute individual Member review sessions.
We are also offering 45 minute one on one sessions open to the public via zoom or in person at the Gallery
New for 2022 we will also be offering “Lunch with the Director” for those interested in a more immersive conversations about your work and your goals. Lunch is included with these two hour more casual sessions. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently Available Online:
All of our exhibitions are available on the RICPA website, past exhibitions can be found here https://www.riphotocenter.org/category/exhibits/past