Update from the director…
It’s been a challenge… it’s been an adjustment and we are still here and we are moving forward.
COVID-19 has disrupted our schedule and derailed most of our plans but it has not stopped us and will not deter us from moving Forward. There have been a few minor casualties and a minor ding or two to our reputation along the way but we remain committed to sharing, promoting and presenting contemporary photography from around the world. We appreciate the flood of member renewals and are happy to welcome a number of new members to Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts community. We will continue to support our members through exhibitions, workshops and a newly created series of member profiles still in the works.
As I am sure most of you have found, working strictly online is often slower, more time consuming… and rather less satisfying, as a result our first casualty was the schedule itself. At the present time all programing will remain available online only through Mid-September. We are working on presenting all the planned exhibitions as online versions and rescheduling gallery exhibitions in 2021.
Our Spotlight Member’s exhibition did not open in a virtual form or otherwise on May 21st as originally planned. Fear not we haven’t forgotten about this exhibition and will be presenting it shortly. We were late forwarding the entries to the juror and will provide an update as soon as the selections are made. Apologies for the delay and less then stellar communication surrounding this project. We will include the results and status updates in our next email.
In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying our ongoing Series of artist features surrounding our NetWorks Rhode Island Photography Exhibition… The NetWorks Project was important to me as an artist and provided the jumping off point for founding the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts. You can find the online exhibition on our website https://www.riphotocenter.org/networks-rhode-island-photography-exhibition-2020 The exhibition is being presented as a series of individual artist features at the rate of two a week, so keep checking back or Like and Follow us @RIPhotoArts on Facebook to see the upcoming profiles.
The presentation format we are developing for the NetWorksRI Photo show represents our exhibition format for the foreseeable future. We also hope to maintain this new feature when we return to live gallery exhibitions, your feedback is welcome as we strive to create a more engaging platform for contemporary Photography… Below are links and brief descriptions of our current opportunities to share your photography, hopefully there is something that appeals to you…
We are moving forward because there is no going back… – David DeMelim
RI Center for Photographic Arts
Final Entry Deadline for our Alternate Photography exhibition is Midnight June 1st via CaFE
Call for Entries: Unprecedented: Life in 2020
Open Call for work made during or related to these unprecedented times. The call is free, open to everyone and for photographs taken during this interruption to regularly scheduled life. Email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with Unprecedented: Life in 2020 as the subject. Please include a statement with your entry as well as a link to your website if you have one… Statements need only be location or why you though to take the picture, something to fix the image in time for a viewer who wasn’t present. We will be posting ongoing selections weekly online. We are in the process of planning several more focused calls in reaction to the “interesting” times we find ourselves in. So I encourage all of you to keep your camera handy, start documenting this new reality and Like & Follow us on Facebook @RIPhotoArts where we are sharing a selection of the work submitted.
Entry for Women Behind the Lens Plus, is ongoing… and is being presented online in bi-weekly collections. You can find the collections and read about the selected work at https://www.riphotocenter.org/behind-the-lens-plus-collection-1 Entry is ongoing at https://www.riphotocenter.org/behind-the-lens-2020-plus/