The SE Center for Photography is looking for non-representational imagery, though it can be from found objects in nature, man made or figurative works. We're seeking images that do not attempt to represent external reality, but seek to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and texture. Black-and-white or color, analog, digital or antique processes, photographers of all skill levels and locations are welcome.
Entering Your Images You can enter your images online at www.SmarterEntry.com For best results, make sure your image is 1200 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side, Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space. Please name your files: Open.Last Name_First Initial.Image#.jpg (Examples: Abstract.Smith_J.Image1.jpg, Abstract.Jones_R.Image3.jpg) If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please contact email@example.com or call 864.605.7400
Eligibility All photographers of any age or location may enter. All images submitted must be those of the submitter. Please do not submit images previously selected for a SE Center of Photography exhibition within two years of this scheduled exhibition
Fees $35 for up to 5 Images, $6 for each additional image up to 10.
Our Juror for The Abstract Image is Adam Finkelston. Adam Finkelston is the owner, publisher and co-editor of, The Hand Magazine: A Magazine For Reproduction-based Arts, an internationally- recognized quarterly art magazine. He has co- curated (with The Hand Magazine co-editor, James Meara) several exhibitions throughout the United States, featuring an international roster of artists. In addition to curating, Mr. Finkelston has also juried exhibitions for LA Photo Curator and Core New Art Space in Denver, CO. As an artist, Mr. Finkelston has shown his photographs in many solo and group exhibitions, and received several awards for his work. Mr. Finkelston holds an MA in Photography from the University of Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC), a BFA in Photography from the Kansas City Art Institute, and a BA in Art Education from UMKC.
Exhibition Details 35-40 Selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month with the opportunity to be invited for a solo show at a later date. Openings are timed to coincide with the Village of West Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina's textile mill village turned arts district, First Fridays, a celebration of art, food and music. Participating artists that can attend have the opportunity for a Portfolio Review by SE Center Director Michael Pannier on the following Saturday morning (reservations needed).
Juror selects the final number of images to be included in the exhibition. In the rare occurrence an insufficient number of images are selected, the Director of the SE Center reserves the right to include additional images from those submitted.
Selected images must be matted and framed up to 20x24” to professional standards, white mat with simple black metal or wood frame unless prior approval has been obtained. The Center reserves the right to reject any piece not framed to our standards. To avoid shipping costs & headaches, the SE Center for Photography will print your photographs for you upon acceptance. For $15 per image, we'll print on archival paper and after the show either return the print to you ($15 additional for shipping) or you may choose to donate the image to the Center's flat file for future access to collectors.
The SE Center for Photography will mat & frame your images at no charge, using our selection of 11x14, 16x20 and 20x24 black, metal frames with white, archival mats and conservation clear glass for the exhibitions assuming it will fit one of our standard mats.
Sales The SE Center encourages sales during exhibitions and retains a 40% commission on work sold. The artist receives 60% of the sale price. If a print is sold it will be ordered from the photographer at the time of sale.
Copyright Artist retains all copyrights to their own images. Artists whose work is chosen for exhibition inclusion grant the SE Center for Photography permission to use images for promoting the exhibition, artist, or SE Center and its programs, and current and past exhibitions. Images may be placed on social media for promotion and features. Artists grant usage as stated without further compensation.
Lodging/Transportation The SE Center does not provide lodging or transportation for artists participating in an exhibition. We do have discounted rates at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown Riverplace. The SE Center is 16 miles from GSP International Airport and we can provide other suggested lodging options in the area.
Submissions Open 9/1/17
Submissions Close 11/5/17/17
Selections Announced 11/19/17
Drop Off or Arrival at SEC 12/15/17
Exhibition Opens 1/5/18
Exhibition Closes 1/27/18
Return of Works 2/20/18
After the Show If your art does not sell at the exhibition you have the option to have it returned (Prepaid) or donate it to the SE Center’s Flat File. Flat File artwork is available for viewing, may be exhibited again, donated to another organization or sold to benefit the SE Center. If sold, the SE Center retains all profits of the sale. Flat File art is destroyed after two years of close of original exhibition.
Thank you for entering the competition and good luck!