Sunday, March 31, 2013

Capricious extending open call

The excellent and forward-looking photo publication, Capricious", has extended the dates of its open call for submissions. See below. If you have work that fits their guidelines, I strongly suggest you make a submission asap:

EXTENDED CALL FOR SUBMISSION | Capricious #14 – Masculinity

Capricious #14 is ready to upend masculinity.  By seeking out contemporary shifts in the identity and ownership of the masculine, our next issue will dismantle the social artifice and re-shape its meaning. So how do you experience masculinity? How does it occupy your space? Where does masculinity endure today, where does it thrive and falter. Show us what masculinity looks like — in all its composite identities of wild and inherent, performative and parody, theoretical and aesthetic. Alter our expectations, and re-introduce us to masculinity.
Please submit 4-12 photographs. We accept all formats and all colors. Email your submission (images should be approximately 8×10 inches @ 72 dpi) to:

Not all submissions will be guaranteed a spot in the coming issue yet Capricious will
consider your submission for future issues. Please make sure you have model (or any
other legally necessary) releases for all submitted work. Capricious has the right to use
published material in promotional matters.
EXTENDED Deadline:  April 20th, 2013
For further questions, please email

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Fred Bidwell wows crowd at PGH Photo Fair Speaker Series #4

Fred Bidwell put all of his experience as an advertising exec to good use last Wednesday night as he gave a polished, funny, engaging and informative talk in the auditorium of the Warhol Museum. Sorry to say, his lovely wife Laura was not with him as she had broken her wrist earlier in the week after slipping on the floor at O'Hare airport. Her bright, open spirit was missed, but Fred came through in a big way.

Starting with his genesis as a collector -- including showing a Polaroid portrait of him done by Walker Evans back in the day -- and finishing up outlining the new Bidwell exhibition space, "The Transformer Station", Fred covered many of the important questions asked about collecting and collectors in today's market. Always self-effacing, but direct and factual, it was a treat to hear Fred's views about art in Pittsburgh for the first time.

Thank you Fred Bidwell for making the evening the success that it was, and thank you to the Warhol for hosting our nearly full house in its beautiful auditorium. Next up is NYC artist/collector/curator, David Howe also speaking at the Warhol on April 10th. Remember, the talks are the 2nd Wednesday of every month until the PGH Photo Fair in May!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

ECHO Art Fair in Buffalo call for submissions

I recently had the opportunity to meet the founder of a new art fair in Buffalo, New York, Frits Abell. He's doing grand work and reported to me that in only his 2nd year had attendance of 10,000! Wow. There's now a call for submissions for the next edition. Check it out nad be in touch with them if you think your work might be a good fit.

Brooke Leboeuf

exhibitors for juried art fair and site-specific installations are invited to apply

Buffalo, NY — echo Art Fair,, a juried fine art fair held in Buffalo, NY, announces the opening of its submission period for artists and galleries to exhibit at the third annual fair. The fair will take place September 7th and 8th, 2013 at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library’s Central Library (BECPL), in downtown Buffalo, NY. 

The submission period opens Monday, March 4th and continues until Friday, May 17th, 2013 (midnight EST). Guidelines are available on (Submission Info).

echo Art Fair is open to local, regional and international fine artists who work in all disciplines including painting, photography, sculpture, print, works on paper, video and mixed-media. Individual artists and galleries are welcome to apply. In its first year, echo’s single-day exposition drew more than 3,000 visitors; last year’s two-day event drew more than 10,000 visitors to the 17,000 square foot exposition space, and echo organizers aim to continue the momentum by increasing this year’s exposition space to 25,000 square feet.     

echo founder E. Frits Abell said of the location “The choice of the Library as a venue is ideal: it is larger than our previous venues, will be a raw , open space, it is well-ventilated and well lit--with floor-to-ceiling windows, and it is ideally situated in downtown Buffalo. Exhibitors will be very pleased with the space.” 

Jurors selecting this year’s exhibitors are: Tony Bannon, Executive Director, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo; Jax Deluca, Executive Director, Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo; Doug Dreishpoon, Chief Curator, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Roberta Joseph, collector, Buffalo; Jonathan D. Katz, independent curator and Associate Professor of Visual Studies, University at Buffalo: and Maria Via, Director of Exhibitions, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester.

Concurrent with the call for exhibitors is an invitation for site-specific installation projects, which complement, but operate outside of, the juried art fair. The site-specific proposals will be coordinated in collaboration with Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. A team assembled by John Massier, Hallwalls Visual Arts Curator, will review the proposals and select participants. 

echo Art Fair invites site- and event-specific temporary displays that respond to, or engage with, public areas within and directly surrounding the Central Library.  Artists of all media are welcome, including visual media and design works, temporary installations, temporary architectural interventions, time-based media, musical presentations, dance, movement art, theatre, and sound performance.

Abell said “The Library’s large entry-plaza, beautiful sight lines, and iconic mid-century architecture offer a wealth of potential for site-specific installations, particularly those that engage design or architecture themes.”

The submission period for both the juried art fair and the site-specific installations runs concurrently and will begin on Monday, March 4th and continue until Friday, May 17th, 2013 (midnight EST). Guidelines are available on