Art Show at Mission Brewery, 10/1 featuring our own Glorrissa Rodriguez

The Show is almost here!…
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Dear Artists and Photographers!

We are less than a two weeks away from showtime and looking forward to a great exhibit! Our team is looking forward to meeting you all on the 1st! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. In the meantime, I am enclosing some important information regarding the exhibit.

Warm Regards,

Renee M. Smith
Conception Global Art Collective

We are excited to announce that a panel of anonymous industry experts have been selected to adjudicate and select the winner for our ‘Award for Excellence’ . Our panel will consider the following:

Best of Luck to you all!

We’ve created a Facebook Event for the show, please feel free to share the page with friends and family.
Our wonderful host venue, Mission Brewery will have a full service, cash bar available from until 10pm. Those of you wishing to purchase alcohol, be sure to bring identification to prove you are over 21.
Saturday, October 1th
1 pm – 4 pm
Please no later than 4 pm as doors open at 5 pm
Take Down/ Strike
Artists may take down work after
10 pm
Artwork cannot be stored in venue overnight
A friendly reminder that the ticket deadline is Monday (September 26th) at 12pm.
If you need an extension, please let us know.
Accounting for Tickets
In order for tickets to be accredited to your account, they must be purchased under your artist profile. Friends and Family should have access to your profile link and click the green "buy tickets" button underneath your photo to purchase
Purchasing Options

If you wish to ‘purchase your guest list’ outright, feel free to do so via paypal to: info

If you have sold some but not all of your tickets you may also choose to purchase the remaining ‘guest list’. Just be sure to provide your booker with the names of guests that you give the tickets to so we can ensure they are on the list at will call.

Now is the time to rally your friends and followers to purchase a ticket to come out and support you and your work.

Remember, tickets at the door will be $25 and the venue will fill up FAST.
Remind your guests to guarantee entry, advance tickets are suggested.

Displaying Artwork

We provide you with a space allocation of 5ft (width) x 5ft (height). The walls are free standing chain link fences.

You may curate your allocated space as you like. See image for example.

In addition to your artwork we suggest you have business cards and or a brief biography displayed.

Hanging Artwork

All Artwork should be ‘hang ready.’

We provide ‘S Hooks’ to enable you to hang your work directly onto the gridwall but ask that you come prepared and have the back of each individual work wired for install.


We provide lighting as pictured, if you require additional lighting to light a specific piece, it can be purchased at Home Depot for appx $7.

We suggest you price your work or have a price list at hand for guests. Any sales you make are 100% yours to keep, you handle all your own transactions. It is suggested to perhaps have some cash on your person incase you need to give somebody change.
We also encourage the use of ‘Square’ a highly efficient way to take payments from buyers who wish to pay by credit card.
No personal belongings should be left in displaying area. Your personal items are your responsibility. Try to limit what you bring with you to the essentials
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A Ship in the Woods – Show and opportunity for Photo Students

Hello Photo friends,
Attached is an opportunity for student photographers. The event is this weekend on Sunday September 25, 1-7pm at A Ship in the Woods in Escondido. Here’s a link to the event if you’re interested in coming –
It’s going to be a great show with over 30 artists and several musical acts including punk pioneers, the Mekons! I’ll also being showing one of my new peices🙂 Please share with students who may be interested!


WSOHOIPDS photographer invite.pdf

2017 SPE Student Awards for Innovations in Imaging


All SPE student members are eligible to apply for a scholarship to offset the cost of attending SPE’s 2017 national conference. Ten awards are offered based on merits of submitted portfolios and include a $550 travel stipend to attend the national conference, a 2017 national conference fee waiver, and a one-year membership to SPE.


  • Applicants must be current, matriculated undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at a post-secondary institution majoring/concentrating in photography and not graduating before the end of the academic year 2016-2017.
  • Applicants must be student members of SPE or become members before submitting their scholarship applications. Visit to join or renew your membership.
  • Applicants are not eligible to receive scholarship awards for two consecutive years.

This year’s jurors are SPE national board members serving on the Awards and Recognition Committee: Rebecca Nolan (Chair), Stephen Chalmers, Erika Gentry, and Aspen Hochhalter.

Submit online via support.


  • A cohesive body of work with no more than FIVE images. Images around 1280 x 1280 px @ 72 ppi are ideal for good image quality and fast upload.
  • A clear and concise introductory statement that details the conceptual, technical, and aesthetic concerns, issues, influences or questions that your work explores (350 words maximum, approx. 2,100 characters).
  • A statement addressing how attendance at the conference will benefit you, as well as an overview of prior involvement with SPE or other arts organizations.
  • A brief resume, including name, address, phone number, email address and current institutional affiliation, and educational and professional experience.
  • Contact information for a current photography professor (include name, title, email, and phone number).

Applications that do not fulfill all requirements may be eliminated from the competition. Click here to view the official call for entries.

Deadline to apply is October 15, 2016, at 11:59 PM EST.

Direct inquiries to the SPE national office at membership.

Please visit for additional conference information.

Special Thanks to SPE’s 2017 Gold Level Sponsors!

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Exhibit Review of 100th Anniversary of the National Park System at Museum of Photographic Arts

From Craig Carlson:

Exhibit Review For The Journal of San Diego History

One of the great pleasures of being a large format photographer is to view your subject on a large ground glass. Even though the image is upside down and backwards to the eye, the photographer now sees the world as a cathedral of light and shadow — he experiences the creative moment with both eyes wide open.

The 100th anniversary of the National Park System is being celebrated by the Museum of Photographic Arts with a small group of images made by photographers who pointed their large format cameras first at our American cathedrals. The handful of photographs represented in the exhibit is a history lesson of photography‘s pioneers of the Western landscape and native peoples.

These early explorers of our soon-to-be national parks, were not only drawn by unexplored wilderness but also by the possibility of imaging a subject few had seen and fewer had access to. Our National Parks System stands today as one of the greatest gifts that our republic has bequeathed to its citizens and has held in trust for generations to come. Our National Parks System, where we take our children to visit and can teach them the necessity of the wilderness, balances precariously between access and preservation.

Carleton Watkins came to the California gold fields in 1851. After a series of jobs he became an assistant to a San Francisco daguerreotypist where he learned the arts of being a photographer. In 1861, Watkins did find gold of a different type when he began to photograph Yosemite Valley with a mammoth 18×22-inch glass plate view camera. These large format photographs hold incredible detail and tonal range and were seen by senators and congressmen. These Yosemite photographs led president Abraham Lincoln to sign a bill in 1864 to ensure that Yosemite Valley would never be broken, infringed or dishonored, thus paving the way for our National Park System.

Another explorer and photographer of the West with a print in the exhibit is John K. Hillers. Hillers came to America in 1852 and worked first as a policeman and then a soldier during the American Civil War. After the war he re-enlisted and served in the Western garrisons until 1870. While working as a teamster in Salt Lake City, he met John Wesley Powell who had explored the Green and Colorado rivers. In 1871 Powell retraced his exploration, but this time used Hillers as the expedition photographer resulting in views of the two rivers.

Hillers‘s introduction to the West as a photographer began a career of documenting the cultures of the Navajo, Zuni & Paiute tribes. He was especially talented in posing Native Americans in their tribal clothing and supportive artifacts like pottery, blankets and rifles. When studying a larger collection of his sunlit exterior-made portraits, they take on a surreal quality as if made for a 20th century fashion magazine.

A few of Carleton Watkin’s and John K. Hiller’s large format photographs are now on view until December 31, 2016, in the exhibit, “America‘s Cathedrals, Photography and the National Parks,” at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, San Diego, California.

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Submission Specs:
All images must be submitted in jpeg format, no larger than 1,000 pixels for either dimension at 72 dpi. Please be sure to name your files as shown here: Image Title_Image Number.jpg (e.g. PortraitofEmma_01of05.jpg) You can enter as many images you would like. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 25th!

Please send any questions to | Not a member? That’s ok you can still enter or join now for a discounted price!

for more info:

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john pickelle | assistant professor of photography and digital imaging southwestern college | p: 619 421 6700 x5604