Every photograph tells a story. When part of a body of work, the photograph takes on a new meaning, becoming part of a bigger and more complete narrative. A portfolio allows the photographer to explore the complexities of their subject, and provide context that gives it a richness that is more than the sum of its parts.
I receive many emails from photographers looking for solo exhibitions at the gallery, and while I love the cohesive nature of an artist’s portfolio, we are a submission-based gallery and do not usually represent specific artists or offer solo exhibitions. Despite that, all these inquiries have inspired me. The Kiernan Gallery is pleased to announce its first annual summer portfolio showcase, juried by renowned photographer Dan Estabrook. He will be selecting eight photographers, whose work will be on display in two shows: June 6 - July 14, and July 18 - August 25.
- Artists should submit a body of 10-15 images, an artist statement, and a link to your website (if applicable).
- Artists must be prepared to print, frame, and ship their work if selected.
- The artist statements and submitted work of all eight selected photographers will be reproduced in an exhibition catalogue available for purchase.
- All exhibiting photographers will be featured on The Kiernan Gallery’s blog and website.
- Electronic show cards will also be made for each artist.
The eight artists selected for the exhibition will be split evenly between the two shows (groups to be determined by the gallery). Depending on the size of the work, some submitted images may not fit into the exhibition. Collaboration between the juror, the director, and the artist will decide which pieces will be shown.
This exhibition is a great opportunity for photographers to present an entire body of work for review, and we look forward to working with each artist to figure out how to best display his or her portfolio. I especially encourage students who have completed or are currently working on their theses to apply.